Alex Rodriguez is one of the most successful athlete-turned-businessman in the world today.
With an estimated net worth of $350 million, the 14-time Major League Baseball All-Star was tapped by Genesis Invitational tournament host Tiger Woods to participate in Monday’s Celebrity Cup, a six-person team event of four-ball net better ball match played over six holes on Riviera Country Club’s back nine.
Rodriguez was on Team Woods, captained by the host, and six others were on Team Watson, headed up by three-time Genesis champion Bubba Watson.
When you get the call from one of the greatest golfers of all-time to tee it up in an event at one of the most iconic golf courses of all-time and you have more money than you’ll ever know what to do with, you’d expect to have, if not the latest and greatest in golf equipment, a somewhat passable bag of equipment.
See @TigerWoods roasting celebrity swings.
Yes please… pic.twitter.com/0pf8OZe7O2
— GOLFTV (@GOLFTV) February 11, 2020
The intrepid equipment editors from Golf.com were on-site at Riv on Monday to take a peek inside the bag of the 12 celebrities assembled, and what they found in Rodriguez’s bag was shocking.
I found the most insane equipment setup known to man yesterday — and it just happens to belong to former major leaguer Alex Rodriguez. You’re gonna want to check this out. https://t.co/wKd62OYahz pic.twitter.com/Wkjmwc4S8l
— Jonathan Wall (@jonathanrwall) February 11, 2020
“In all my years covering the golf equipment beat, Rodriguez’s gear setup may be the most shocking I’ve ever seen,” Golf.com managing editor Jonathan Wall wrote in his “8 things I noticed while inspecting Alex Rodriguez’s insane equipment setup” piece.
In a bag of 16 clubs that he showed up with on the range, Rodriguez had four (!) 4-irons (two Tommy Armour 845 Oversize, a Wilson Pro Staff Women’s Design and a PING Zing 2), a non-conforming Callaway driver, a Mizuno MP-29 2-iron that would be difficult for Tour pros to hit, a PowerBilt Oversize 8-iron that still had the plastic on it and a personalized “AROD” putter that was the shape of a baseball bat.
I would like to share with you guys the baseball bat putter of Alex Rodriguez pic.twitter.com/zDtGOWMyKm
— Dylan Dethier (@dylan_dethier) February 11, 2020
“Thankfully, someone talked Rodriguez into putting a fresh set of sticks in play for the event,” Wall wrote.
And the new clubs worked.
A-Rod was partnered up with actor Michael Pena, and the pair defeated Andy Buckley and Sebastian Maniscalco, 5-2.
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) February 11, 2020