Toy Box notes: McDowell rolls with Odyssey
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Graeme McDowell’s giant-killing putts at the Chevron World Challenge were holed with an original Odyssey White Hot No. 7 putter.
McDowell won the U.S. Open and clinched the Ryder Cup with the same putter, which is slightly shorter than standard at 33.5 inches.
McDowell switched earlier this year from a softer Odyssey XG insert to the slightly firmer White Hot insert. His White Hot No. 7 is a mid-mallet with a plumber’s neck.
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TaylorMade lands Furyk: Jim Furyk picked a good time to have a good year. In sports business parlance, it was his “contract year,” and now Furyk is set to reap the rewards.
His agent, Andrew Whitlieb, confirmed to Golfweek that Furyk will sign a deal to endorse equipment with TaylorMade next season and be featured in the company’s 2011 print and TV advertising campaigns. Furyk’s contract with Srixon expires Dec. 31.
Furyk will be required to use only the TaylorMade driver, which he already has been playing this season, and golf ball. Furyk, the 2010 Player of the Year, didn’t want to make significant changes and will stick with Srixon irons and Callaway wedges.
Whitlieb said that Furyk is close to cashing in on his three-victory season with sponsors for his bag, front of hat, side of hat and shirt collar.
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Woods uses Nike putter, new irons: For the first time in his professional career, Tiger Woods used a Nike putter (Method 003) for all four rounds of a tournament.
In two previous appearances with a Nike putter – at the British Open and Australian Masters – Woods rotated between a Method and a Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2.
“The difference is that this putter,” Woods said, “it (the ball) does come off (the face) faster, and that’s one of the things that I’ve had to actually make a conscious effort because the ball is rolling, it’s not skidding; it rolls right off the face.”
At the Chevron, Woods also used the new Nike VR Pro blade irons.
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Three wins for Aldila shafts: Graeme McDowell and Geoff Ogilvy won with Aldila’s RIP shaft in their drivers. Ogilvy also used the RIP in his 4-wood. Meanwhile, Lee Westwood triumphed with the company’s VooDoo shaft in his driver.
–Adam Schupak contributed