Three quick equipment notes
Three quick equipment notes from last weekend before I forget:
--Rory McIlroy went out with a bang on Sunday at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai -- he won the European Tour's season-ending tournament in his final start playing Titleist clubs. As far as I know, that's never been done before -- a player winning in his final start with his old club company before switching to a new brand. And I'm certain it's never been done at such a high level -- the world No. 1 winning the richest prize on his home tour, then immediately switching to a new brand of clubs.
If you want to see what Rory had in his bag, I published the details in our weekly What's in the Winner's Bag feature on Monday.
--For all the fuss over long putters, SMS Inc. – the company that tracks the clubs each player has in his bag during European Tour events – reported that only one player in the 56-man field at the DP World Tour Championship used a long putter. It’s probably way too late to impact any decision that golf’s governing bodies might make regarding the legality of long putters, but that stat sure backs up the argument that the vast majority of elite players haven’t switched to the long putters.
--Finally, in Dubai over the weekend, European Tour Chief Executive George O'Grady said his primary hope in any ruling on long putters is that everyday amateurs will still be able to play the same equipment as touring pros -- meaning that he doesn't want the tours to create their own equipment rules if they disagree with the R&A and USGA.
"One of our great facets is that we are connected to the game that every amateur can play as well," he said. "We could go separately. I would urge the Tour to follow the rules as laid down by the governing bodies."
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