There were two worthy winners on the PGA and European Tours on Sunday. Both carding impressively low scores and much-talked about equipment selections. Read on to find out more from the Farmers Insurance Open and the Dubai Desert Classic.
#1 Gets it Done…
World number one Justin Rose
proved he’s more than worthy of the top spot after securing his first win of 2019 at the Farmers Insurance Open with a new look and new clubs.
The 38-year-old shot all four rounds in the 60s at Torrey Pines to finish with an incredible 21-under total, two-strokes ahead of Adam Scott.
“I haven’t won in January since about 2002, so this feels great,” said Rose afterwards. Adding, “I’m really happy. I challenged the status quo and changed everything up in the search to try to get better.”
At the end of last year, Rose announced he was switching from TaylorMade to Honma hardware. A decision that came as a surprise to many, but now seems to have been a great choice for the 2013 U.S. Open champion.
Rose explained to Golf Digest earlier this month that his decision to change was an effort to secure a more flexible equipment deal, one that would allow him to choose the putter he felt would be right for his game. Whatever the catalyst, it sure looks like the Englishman is getting the results he wanted.
“He’s the number one player in the world, and he’s showing why,” said Scott on Sunday.
Here’s a look at Rose’s new bag…
Driver: Honma Tour World TW747 460
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M4
Irons: Honma Tour World TW-X proto
Wedges: Honma Rose proto; Titlest Vokey SM7 Raw
Putter: Axis prototype
Ball: TaylorMade TP5
5th Win in 9 Events…
Over on the European Tour, one American player left his mark in Dubai. The self-proclaimed “Golf Scientist,” Bryson DeChambeau
landed his first European Tour title on Sunday with a pretty flawless victory at the Dubai Desert Classic.
“Today was a pleasure,” DeChambeau told reporters on Sunday. “It was obviously a lot of fun to able to finally hoist an international trophy. I’m so happy about that.”
The 25-year-old destroyed the competition in Dubai, finishing with a record-breaking 24-under 264 and garnering the largest winning margin in the tournament’s 30-year history. His latest victory marks the Cobra golfer’s fifth win in his last nine events.
Check out DeChambeau’s winning gear below:
Driver: Cobra King F9 Speedback Driver
Fairway Woods: Cobra King LTD
; Cobra F8+ Baffler
Irons: Cobra King Forged One Length
; Cobra King Utility Iron
Wedges: Cobra King Wedges Versatile Grind
Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X