Equipment envy is among the most relatable aspects of life on the PGA Tour. Another easy one for us amateurs to grasp? Tiger Woods’ influence over just about everything that happens on golf courses around the globe.
So with that established, it really shouldn’t register as much of a shock when one of Woods’ peers decides to follow his lead, which is precisely what Jason Day — who’s been without a primary equipment manufacturer for the past couple seasons — has decided to do.
Day, 34, has a new ball-only pact in place with Bridgestone Golf to put its 2022 TOUR B X model in play, a decision that was at least partially inspired by Woods’ short-game performance as an ambassador of the brand. After experimenting with Woods’ ball, the XS, in competition, Day fell in love with the spin he could achieve using the newer model.
— Jason Day (@JDayGolf) March 1, 2022
“Personally, I feel kind of like I am cheating playing this ball,” Day said. “The performance of the TOUR B affords me opportunities to be aggressive; off the tee, the ball speed is there but it’s still super spinny around the green, which is a nice combination.”
- Day has made no secret of his admiration for Woods, which dates back to his days as a junior golfer in Australia. The winner of the 2015 PGA Championship, Day has battled chronic back pain in recent seasons. The last of his 12 career victories came at the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship.
- While the former World No. 1 has watched his ranking plummet amid a string of partial seasons, he’s off to an encouraging start in 2022. He tied for third at the Farmers Insurance Open, his best finish on Tour since he tied for fourth in the 2020 PGA Championship.
Who else is on Team Bridgestone?
Day joins an accomplished contingent of Bridgestone ambassadors, including Woods, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Fred Couples and the LPGA Tour’s Lexi Thompson. When you include Woods’ haul, the group boasts a combined 19 major championships.