Thursday, August 20, 2009

What's In Y.E. Yang's Golf Bag - 2009 PGA Championship

Y.E. Yang won his first PGA major event last weekend by winning the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota. Do you want to know what Y.E. was carrying in his golf bag during the win?

Driver:  TaylorMade R7 Limited (8.5 degrees with Aldila NV 75 shaft)
3-wood:  TaylorMade Burner (13 degrees)
5-wood:  TaylorMade V Steel (18 degrees with Honma ARMAQ shaft)
Hybrids: TaylorMade Rescue TP (19 and 21 degrees with Aldila Hybrid NV Hyb 105 shafts)
Irons:   5-PW TaylorMade r7
Wedge:   TaylorMade rac (48 degrees)
Wedge:   Nike SV (58 degrees)
Putter:  Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball
Ball:    TaylorMade TP Red LDP

There's not a whole lot I can say that hasn't been already said about Tiger losing his first major when holding the 54-hole lead. The flat-stick is what brought Tiger to his knees on Sunday when he shot a 3-over 75 with 33 putts. I believe he had 11 putts around the 10-foot range and he only made 1 of them.

You have to give a lot of credit to Y.E. Yang though. He held his own and played with a lot of confidence while matched up against Tiger in the final round on Sunday. The turning point was on 13 and 14 when Tiger missed and 8-footer for birdie and Y.E. made about an 8-footer for par. On 14 Y.E. chipped in from about 60 feet for an eagle and Tiger could only make birdie.

On 18, Tiger new he had to make birdie to have any chance of a sudden death with Y.E. Y.E. hit his approach shot first from 206 yards with a 3-hybrid and it was a career shot that ended up 8 feet from the hole. Tiger hit his approach into the left rough with his chip missing by 10-feet. Y.E. made his put for birdie and Tiger missed his putt for par... and Y.E. was the 2009 PGA Champion shooting a 2-under 70 and finishing up at 8-under, which was 3 ahead of 2nd place Tiger.

I think this loss is going to motivate Tiger even more and the players on the PGA tour better take the game to the next level... or they'll be playing for 2nd place every weekend.

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Friday, August 14, 2009

What's In Tiger Woods' Golf Bag - 2009 WGC Bridgestone Invitational

Tiger Woods won his 70th career PGA tour event last weekend by winning the 2009 WGC - Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. Do you want to know what Tiger was carrying in his golf bag during the win?

Driver: Nike SQ Dymo 380 prototype (10.5 degrees with Mitsubishi Diamana Whiteboard 83x shaft)
3-wood: Nike SQ2 (15 degrees with Mitsubishi Diamana Blueboard 103x shaft)
5-wood: Nike SQ2 (19 degrees with Mitsubishi Diamana Blueboard 103x shaft)
Irons:  Nike Forged Blades (3-PW) (True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts)
SW:     Nike VR (56 degrees)
LW:     Nike SV (60 degrees)
Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport 2
Ball:   Nike One Tour

Tiger played very well during the first 3 days, but played almost flawlessly on Sunday. Padraig Harrington had a 3-shot lead going into Sunday, but Tiger erased that lead by the 4th hole with an eagle and birdie.

The match was very tight until they came to the par 5 667-yard 16th hole where both Tiger and Padraig were put on the clock. Harrington had a 1-shot lead, but missed his drive to the right and hit a poor punch shot that left him with a difficult 3rd shot into the green. Tiger missed the fairway to the left and had to punch out. Tiger hit his approach shot with an 8-iron 182 yards to within a foot. Padraig hit his approach shot over the green, which left him with a very difficult downhill flop shot out of some deep rough. Harrington feeling a bit hurried because of being on the clock hit his flop into the water and ended up carding a triple-bogey 8. Tiger carded a birdie 4 and took a 3-shot lead and the tournament was over.

On 18, Tiger made a comment to Padriag saying that he was sorry that the PGA official put them on the clock. Tigers' comment stirred up some controversy about the PGA officials ruling on 16. With Tiger and Padraig being the last group on the course and battling it out... should they have been put on the clock? A lot of people say no because it affected the outcome of the tournament.

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