Victory Roundup – Two Worthy Winners on Tour

by Maura Hutchinson

As 2018 draws to a close, two golfers closed out the year in style. Producing big wins in the Bahamas and in Australia. Check out all the golf action from this weekend and see the gear the pros are winning with, available now at GolfOnline.

A great end to a memorable 2018 for Rahm…

Jon Rahm has ended an incredible second season on the PGA Tour in a big way, winning the Hero World Challenge on Sunday.

Rahm started the final round in a three-way tie for the lead with Justin Rose and Tony Finau, but quickly got ahead of the pack. Seven birdies and a bogey-free round, left the 24-year-old with a cool 7-under 65 total for the final day, four-strokes ahead of his nearest competitor. This marks Rahm’s third title of the season, and his sixth career win.

After being a part of this year’s successful Ryder Cup Team, yesterday’s victory was the icing on the cake for the TaylorMade golfer. Back at Le Golf National in September, Rahm beat Tiger Woods in the Sunday singles matches, yesterday he won a Tiger trophy at the annual golf tournament hosted by Woods. A reality that means quite a lot to Rahm.

“That Sunday [at the Ryder Cup] with Tiger is still [the] most emotional and most important moment of my golf career. I pretty much started crying when I was shaking his hand because that meant so much to me to play against Tiger,” Rahm told reporters yesterday. Adding, “A couple months later, to win his event, it’s really special.”

Check out Rahm’s winning golf bag below:

Driver: TaylorMade M2
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M3
Irons: TaylorMade RSi TP UDI; TaylorMade P750
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind; TaylorMade Milled Grind Hi-Toe
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

Smith wins in a familiar setting…

Over in Australia, Cameron Smith proved he has what it takes to perform under pressure. Successfully defending his Australian PGA Championship title, two-strokes ahead of compatriot Marc Leishman.

The 25-year-old’s journey to victory was in no way simple. Starting off the final round in the lead, with a three-stroke buffer, Smith struggled on the front nine, leaving room for Leishman to inch in and take over with a two-stroke lead. In the end, Smith was able to hold on and claw his way back up to the top of the leaderboard. Becoming the first player since Robert Allenby in 2001, to successfully defend the event.

“I think Cam made birdies when he had to so all credit to him,” Leishman said afterwards. “I’m obviously disappointed I didn’t get it over the line but glad that I gave it a run there and made it pretty interesting.”

Here’s a look at Smith’s full bag from Australia:

Driver: Titleist TS2
Fairway wood: Titleist TS2
Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB; Titleist 718 AP2; (PW) Titleist Vokey SM7
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7
Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist Futura T5W
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x