Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia both ended slumps this weekend, finding the winner’s circle on two different continents. McIlroy won home event, the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and Garcia took home the AT&T Byron Nelson title.
McIlroy captured his 13th European Tour title and first worldwide win since the 2015 DP World Tour Championship, Dubai at the Irish Open on Sunday. McIlroy shot rounds of 67-70-70-69 to win by three strokes.
What’s In His Bag
Driver: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (9.5°, Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ 70X shaft)
3-wood: Nike Vapor Speed (15°, Fujikura Rombax Pro 95, X-Flex shaft)
5-wood: Nike Vapor Speed (19°, Fujikura Rombax Pro 95, X-Flex shaft)
Irons: Nike VR Pro Blades (4-9; True Temper Project X 7.0 shafts)
Wedges: Nike Engage (47°, 52°, 56°, 59°; True Temper Project X 6.5 shafts)
Putter: Nike Method Origin B2-01 (prototype)
Ball: Nike RZN Tour Platinum
Most Valuable Clubs: Nike’s Vapor Speed Fairway Woods
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With the tournament on the line, Rory hit two exceptional fairway woods into the par-5 16th and the par-5 18th holes that led to birdie and eagle, respectively, and slammed the door on runners-up Russell Knox and Bradley Dredge.
[Club info via GolfWRX.com]
Garcia earned his first PGA Tour win since the 2012 Wyndham Championship with a playoff victory over Brooks Koepka at AT&T Byron Nelson on Sunday. Garcia shot rounds of 63-66-68-68 to earn his ninth career PGA Tour victory and tie Seve Ballersteros as the Spaniard with the most wins on the circuit.
What’s In His Bag
Driver: TaylorMade M2 (9.5°, Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver TiNi XTS 80X shaft)
3-wood: TaylorMade M1 (15°, Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver XTS TiNi 80X shaft)
5-wood: TaylorMade M1 (19°, Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver XTS TiNi 80X shaft)
Irons: TaylorMade PSi Tour (3-PW; Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 120X shafts)
Wedges: TaylorMade Tour Preferred EF Tour Grind (52°, 58°; Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 130X shafts)
Putter: TaylorMade Monte Carlo Prototype
Most Valuable Clubs: TaylorMade’s Tour Preferred PSi Tour Irons
If Sergio is in contention, it’s because he’s putting well. A consummate ball striker, his prowess from tee-to-green is often criminally underlooked as a result of a good week with a putter. Not this time, however. Garcia ranked seventh in strokes gained: tee to green (+7.810) and put himself in position to get back in the winner’s circle with a solid week on the greens.