Toy Box Notes: Ping finishes 1-2 at Augusta

Bubba Watson of the United States walks up the 18th fairway during the final round of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National.

The Masters playoff matched two longtime Ping staff players – Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen. Watson, the Masters champion, has been using Ping clubs since he was a teenager, when he was befriended by Ping sales rep Bill Weir. As an amateur, Watson met Ping CEO John Solheim and the two became close friends.

Watson’s bag (all Ping except ball): G20 driver (7.5 degree), G20 4-wood (16.5 degree), S59 irons (3-PW), Tour-W wedges (52 and 56 degree), Tour-S Rustique wedge (64 degree) and Redwood Anser putter. He used a Titleist Pro V1x ball.

Watson used all True Temper shafts in his clubs: Grafalloy BiMatrx in the driver; Project X 8A1 in the 4-wood and Dynamic Gold in the irons and wedges.

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Player starts with long drive: Gary Player, 76, used a Callaway Razr Fit driver to easily outhit 82-year-old Arnold Palmer and 72-year-old Jack Nicklaus as the three legendary golfers opened the Masters as honorary starters.

All three hit their drives into a steep hill on the first hole, thus getting no roll. The yardages, as measured by Golfweek with

a laser rangefinder: Player 236, Nicklaus 218, Palmer 185.

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By the numbers: Here are the equipment category leaders from the Masters:

Golf balls: Titleist 53, Srixon 11, TaylorMade 11, Nike 9, Callaway 8, Bridgestone 3

Irons: Titleist 26, TaylorMade 16, Nike 10, Callaway 9, Ping 8

Drivers: TaylorMade 32, Titleist 22, Callaway 9, Nike 9, Cleveland 7, Ping 7

Fairway woods: TaylorMade 42, Titleist 23, Callaway 17, Nike 13, Ping 9

Hybrids: TaylorMade 28, Titleist 15, Adams 13

Wedges: Titleist 91, TaylorMade 27, Callaway 22, Nike 22, Cleveland 20, Ping 16

Putters: Titleist 29, Odyssey 28, TaylorMade 10, Nike 9, Ping 9

Shoes: FootJoy 48, Adidas 17, Nike 10, Ecco 8

Gloves: FootJoy 30, Titleist 20, Srixon 10, TaylorMade 10, Callaway 8, Nike 8

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Day’s putter choice: Jason Day came to Augusta with two TaylorMade Ghost Spider putters, one with 2.5 degrees of loft and the other with 4.75

degrees of loft. At various times, he has used both on the PGA Tour.

After practicing with both at Augusta National, he used the lower-lofted version.

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Short shots: The dramatic victory by Watson wasn’t the only triumph Sunday for the Titleist Pro V1x. Also winning were Andres Gonzales on the Nationwide Tour and Scott Hend on the Asian Tour. . . . The bag of Masters runner-up Louis Oosthuizen (all Ping except fairway woods and ball): Rapture V2 driver (9 degree), TaylorMade RocketBallz fairway woods (17.5 bent to 16.5 degree; 18 bent to 19 degree), S56 irons (3-9), Tour-S wedges (47, 54 and 60 degree) and Scottsdale ZB S putter. He used a Titleist Pro V1x ball. . . . Martin Kaymer (ProType 2-Ball) and Alvaro Quiros (Black Series No. 1) used new Odyssey putters at the Masters. . . . Y.E. Yang played the Masters with new Tour Preferred irons (6-PW) from TaylorMade. Yang said he wanted fresh grooves to attack the tricky Augusta National greens. Yang had his Ghost Manta putter bent 3 degrees upright, to 75 degrees. . . . .Tiger Woods and defending champion Charl Schwartzel replaced all their Nike VR Pro wedges to take advantage of new grooves. Woods had 56- and 60-degree wedges, while Schwartzel played 54- and 60-degree wedges.

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