Victory Roundup: Monday Finish and China’s Latest Star

by Maura Hutchinson

The biggest names in golf were out in full force this past weekend. Showing the world what they were made of on both the PGA and European Tours. Check out all the action from California and Dubai below and see the latest gear the pros are using to up their game in 2018.

Jason Day and Alex Noren battled it out on Sunday to win the Farmers Insurance Open title, but after five playoff holes officials had to call it a night because of bad light. The two golfers headed back to Torrey Pines Monday morning to continue their playoff, with Noren hoping to gain his first PGA Tour title and Day looking for his first win since 2016. Monday turned out to be Day’s Day, with the Australian conquering the Swede in only one hole.

After a difficult 2017 (both on and off the course) Day was elated to score his 11th PGA Tour title and hopefully move back into the world’s top 10.

“I know last year wasn’t the greatest season for me,” the former world number one told reporters on Monday.

“It’s special because I worked very hard in the off-season to get back into this position. I’m very thankful for my whole team. My goal is always to try and get back to number one, so this is a good start in the right direction.”

Here’s a look at Day’s TaylorMade bag from Torrey Pines:

Driver: TaylorMade M3 Driver
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M1 2017 Fairway Wood
Irons: TaylorMade P750 Irons
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind Wedges
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red Putter
Ball: TaylorMade TP5X Golf Balls

Former world number one Rory McIlroy narrowly missed out on his third Dubai Desert Classic title, losing by one-stroke to China’s Haotong Li, and he wasn’t too happy about it. “The competitor in me is very disappointed right now. I wanted to win. I always want to win, and I just didn’t do enough when I needed to,” McIlroy told reporters afterwards.

Li however was more than happy with his own performance, which included four birdies on the last six holes. With his second European Tour win, the 22-year-old becomes China’s first male golfer to break into the top 50 in the world rankings. A feat Li doesn’t take lightly.

“It’s incredible, I’m so happy. Over the last four holes I hit some of the best shots of my life,” said Li.

Here’s a look at all the gear Li used to help him beat Rory!

Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017 Driver
Fairway Woods: Callaway Rogue Fairway Wood
Hybrid: Callaway Epic Hybrid
Irons: TaylorMade P750 Irons
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind Wedges
Putter: Bettinardi Custom Studio Stock 3 Tour Putter
Ball: Titleist Pro V1 Golf Balls