TOUR REPORT | British Open WITB for Tiger, Rahm & DJ at Royal Portrush

Steve Breazeale July 18, 2019
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Of the four major championship tournaments of the year, the British Open demands the world’s best players channel their inner creativity and genius on the golf course more than any other.

The tricky nature of links golf, where dunes, swales, pot bunkers and, most of all, the weather come into play on nearly every hole. It allows golfers to play shots they might not normally employ during a regular Tour event, where parkland style courses reign supreme.

With such a high demand on creativity and precision, equipment and how a player sets up their bag plays a crucial role in determining “The Champion Golfer of the Year”.

Here’s how Team TaylorMade adjusted their bags to take on Royal Portrush this week.

Tiger Woods is playing in his 21st Open Championship and knows better than most how to set up his bag for success on the links. However, Tiger is keeping his setup the same as it's been all season at Royal Portrush.

Tiger Woods WITB

Jon Rahm came in to Royal Portrush with plenty of momentum and was near the top of the betting favorites list before the first round started—and for good reason. Rahmbo is coming off a win at the DDF Irish Open two weeks ago, where he made an unbelievable weekend charge to capture his second title on the Emerald Isle. With the British Open returning to Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951, one has to like his chances.

Rahm added a 52° MG HiToe Wedge to the bag this week.

Jon Rahm WITB

Rory McIlroydid not get off to the start he wanted at Royal Portrush. The Northern Irishman (who holds the course record at Royal Portrush) shot a first-round 79 (+8) and will have to dig deep Friday.

After switching to a four-wedge setup that vaulted him to a win at the RBC Canadian Open earlier this year, Rory went to a three-wedge at Portrush. Rory removed two MG HiToe Wedges from his bag in favor of two MG Wedges.

Rory McIlroy WITB

Jason Day made a few big switches this week, most notably moving from his trusty Spider Tour Red putter to a Spider X Proto White. Day also added three MG Wedge 2’s to the bag (50°, 54°, 60°). Day said he liked the way the new wedges performed in the bunkers with a slightly lower bounce.

Jason Day WITB

Dustin Johnson removed an M5 fairway from his bag in favor of the new P790UDI 2-iron this week. He also made a change to his flatstick. He’s rolling it on the greens at Portrush with the new Spider Mini Copper (with no sightline).

Dustin Johnson WITB

Rickie Fowlershot a 1-under 70 in the first round of the British Open using his TP5x golf ball.