Victory Roundup – Rahm hits Legendary Record and Kodaira gains Coveted Invitation

by Maura Hutchinson

What’s the best way to get over your Masters hangover?  The PGA and European Tours had the perfect cure, getting players right back to work at the RBC Heritage and the Open de Espana.  Giving golf fans more than enough reasons to keep the excitement from Augusta ticking straight over. Check out all the action from the weekend and see the gear the pros are winning with below.

Satoshi Kodaira pulled out all the stops to win the RBC Heritage on Sunday. Securing his first Tour title and gaining the 28-year-old an invitation to play on the PGA full time.

“This is a stage I’ve been dreaming about,” Kodaira told reporters through an interpreter on Sunday. Adding, “And having this opportunity to play full time is a dream come true. So, of course, I will accept full-time membership.”

The Japanese golfer started the final day 6-shots behind the leader but battled through to finish with an impressive fourth round 66. Leading to a sudden death playoff with South Korea’s Si Woo Kim, who also finished at 12-under par, Kodaira cruised to victory with a 24-foot birdie putt on the 3rd playoff hole.

Kodaira’s win also brings to the forefront Japanese golf brand, PRGR. The golf club manufacturer is big in Japan but not well-known in America or Europe. So will Kodaira prove to be a catalyst PRGR needs to gain more Tour players? Check out the RBC Heritage’s winner’s bag below:

Driver: PRGR prototype
Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M2; PRGR ID Nabla Black
Irons: PRGR ID Nabla RS; PRGR Forged
Wedges: PRGR ID Nabla Tour; Fourteen RM 22
Putter: Scotty Cameron prototype
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Over on the European Tour Jon Rahm gained his first home-soil win at the Open de Espana, just one week after finishing fourth at The Masters. This mark’s the 23-year-old’s third European Tour win and makes him the sixth Spanish golfer to win the tournament. Putting him in the same company as golf legend Seve Ballesteros, Sergio Garcia and Miguel Angel Jimenez.

“When I made the decision to come straight from Augusta, it wouldn’t be to just show up and walk around, I wanted to win this tournament,” said Rahm after his victory.

Adding, “It’s truly been the hardest Sunday I’ve ever had in any tournament that I’ve won because the crowd wanted it so much, and I wanted it so much.”

With five worldwide wins and currently ranked number four in the world, Rahm is proving he is a golfer to watch.

Here’s a look at the TaylorMade player’s bag:

Driver: TaylorMade M4 Driver
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M3
Utility Iron: TaylorMade P790 UDI
Irons: TaylorMade P750
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind Wedges
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x