Changing clubs is an adventure for a professional golfer. It is not an exaggeration to say that ‘sense’ is everything, because in golf, even a small change of club has a great impact on performance. However, Justin Rose (43, England) had a superpower called ‘iron replacement’ ahead of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am of the American Professional Golf (PGA) Tour. It was also completely changed. Originally, I was using TaylorMade products, but I liked the ‘hand taste’ of the Cobra golf irons I hit at the driving range two days before the tournament. Originally, I planned to take it home to London, England, and play it more, but when I felt good, I boldly changed it. I used King Tour irons for the 4 iron, King CB irons for the 5 and 6 irons, and King MB irons for the 7 to pitching wedges.
Rose’s adventure worked. Rose reduced 6 strokes in the final round of the tournament held at Pebble Beach Golf Links (par 72) in California on the 7th (Korean time) and won with a final total of 18 under par 269 strokes. It was such a perfect win that he left the tied-second group by three strokes. It is the first time in four years since the 2019 Farmers Insurance Open that Rose has reached the top of the PGA Tour. 11th win on tour. “When he hit it with the new club, he realized that the ball flew where it was aimed and was consistent,” said Rose.
This was possible because Rose had not signed a contract to use the club. Rose fell into a slump after signing a contract with Honma for the first time as a PGA Tour player in 2019, when he was enjoying his heyday, ranking메이저사이트 first and second in the world rankings. So after his contract was terminated, he was trying out several brand products, but he continued to struggle with sluggishness.
Rose’s club composition shows how hard he worked to break out of the slump. First of all, the driver and 3-wood are the paradigms of Callaway’s new products. The 5-wood is TaylorMade, and the wedge is Titleist Vokey. The putter is Axis One.
With this victory, Rose obtained not only the prize money of 1.62 million dollars, but also the right to participate in major tournaments, which almost ended the ‘Perfect Attendance March’. Rose has been attending four major tournaments since 2010, but this year, there were concerns about losing qualifications. First of all, I secured the right to participate in the Masters held in April this year. In addition, the world ranking has also been raised to 35th, and the US Open, The Open, and PGA Championship, which can be received by those who are within the 50th place in the world ranking, are also stable. “It’s a perfect ending,” said Rose.
In a chaotic atmosphere where bad weather extended the tournament by a day, Rose calmly reduced his at-bats. After catching an eagle on the 6th hole the previous day and reducing 3 strokes to the 9th hole, he ran to the lead by 2 strokes. In the final round that resumed that day, he added 3 birdies to confirm the championship.
Among Korean players, Kang Seong-hoon (36) posted the best score with a 7-under-par 280, tied for 29th. Ahn Byeong-hun (32) tied for 37th with 5 under par and 282 strokes, and Kim Seong-hyun (25) tied for 41st with 4 under par and 283 strokes.