The European and PGA Tours did not disappoint this weekend. Bringing us two incredible tournaments as well as fantastic winners’ stories. Check out all the action from the BMW South African Open and the Sony Open in Hawaii. Plus take a look at the gear both winners were using that you can find at GolfOnline!
Less than three months ago English golfer Graeme Storm thought his golfing career was over. Finishing just €100 short of the prize money needed to secure his tour card for this season, Storm was thrown a lifeline when Patrick Reed didn’t play in enough events to secure his.
Despite the turbulence of 2016, the TaylorMade player showed up to the BMW South African Open last week determined to prove he was worthy of his spot. And boy did he not disappoint, finishing the tournament tied at 18-under-par with World Number 2 Rory McIlroy. The 38-year-old went on to hold his nerve at the Glendower Golf Club, beating McIlroy on the third play-off hole to secure his second European Tour win and first since 2007!
“This is a dream come true, especially after what happened to me last year with my card and everything. I really took a lot from that experience and told myself to try and grasp the opportunity of getting my livelihood back with both hands and I have done that this week,” Storm told reporters afterwards.
So amazing was his win in light of the end of 2016 that even McIlroy couldn’t begrudge Storm’s victory.
“Obviously it’s disappointing to finish like that but Graeme has played well all week and what a story it is for him,” said the Northern Irishman. “He thought he had lost his card at the end of last year and there he is now standing with a trophy in his hands after the first event of 2017. I’m delighted for him.”
Here’s a list of the TaylorMade gear the Hartlepool native used in his much deserved win:
Driver: 2017 TaylorMade M1 Driver
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade AeroBurner Fairway Wood
Rescue: 2016 TaylorMade M2 Rescue
American Justin Thomas is continuing his dominance on the PGA Tour winning his second consecutive victory in Hawaii yesterday and breaking a few records in the process. The 23-year-old started off the Sony Open by scoring an 11-under 59 making him the youngest player to ever break 60 on the PGA Tour and only the seventh golfer in Tour history to do so.
Could it get any better? Turns out it could for Thomas who pulled away from the pack so fast it was as if he was playing in a tournament all by himself. The Titleist player was on fire as he recorded a further three rounds of 64-65-65, leading to the lowest 72-hole score in PGA Tour history, a 27-under 253!
To put things into perspective, England’s Justin Rose finished second on Sunday, 7-shots away from Thomas. World Number 5 Jordan Spieth finished third just 1-stroke behind Rose but paid homage to his winning friend.
“JT just pretty unbelievable what he’s doing right now,” said Spieth to reporters after Sunday’s final round. “He’s got full control of his game, full confidence, and he’s executing under pressure.”
Adding, “He’s just showing the world what he’s capable of.”
Securing his third win in his last five starts it’s becoming apparent Thomas is capable of quite a lot! Check out the Titleist equipment the young golfer is using to dominate 2017…
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 917D3
3-wood: Titleist 917F3
Irons: Titleist 716 MB
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM6
Putter: Scotty Cameron Futura X5