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Phil Thrills at Muirfield with Callaway Golf Clubs

Phil Thrills at Muirfield with Callaway Golf Clubs

Another Open Championship, another win for Callaway Golf‘s Tour staff. Phil Mickelson’s virtuoso 5-under 66 at Muirfield Sunday made him the second straight winner for Callaway, following Ernie Els’ win at St. Anne’s last year. The free-swinging lefty told the crowd afterwards that he wasn’t sure he’d ever be capable of winning this major, as his go-big-or-go-home playing style seemed to be at odds with links golf, which typically requires a more deliberate and unspectacular approach to shotmaking. However, after winning the Scottish Open last weekend in a riveting playoff, nearly holing out with his Mack Daddy 2 lob wedge and sealing the victory with a tap-in birdie for his first title in links competition, Mickelson’s confidence was high and he had fully embraced his love-hate relationship with the year’s third major. After the final group (including U.K. native Lee Westwood, who had a 3-shot lead on the sixth hole Sunday only to shoot a disappointing 75) finished up, Phil hoisted the Claret Jug, his second trophy in as many weeks in the birthplace of golf.

 

In his post-round interview, Mickelson cited the excellent club selection and calming influence of his longtime caddie, Jim “Bones” McKay — who was born in England and got overcome with emotion after the round and during the awards ceremony — for helping to keep “Phil the Thrill” under control throughout the week. Another method he employed to keep himself out of trouble was leaving the big stick out of his bag, instead opting to use a Callaway X Hot 3Deep fairway wood off the tee on longer holes to prevent the disastrous miss. The par-5 17th hole on Sunday proved the wisdom of this approach, as Mickelson hit what he later called two of the best 3-woods he’s ever hit en route to a tap-in birdie, bringing him to 2-under. His birdie on 18, capping a 4-under stretch on the last six holes, was a theatrical finish reminiscent of his jumping, oh-my-God moment during his first Masters victory. It ended up being just for show, though, as he blew away a retreating field, finishing as the only player in red numbers for the week. Here’s a look at what was in Mickelson’s bag this week at the Open Championship:

Driver: –

Fairway Wood: Callaway X Hot 3Deep (13 degree)

Hybrid: PING Anser (17 degree)

Irons: Callaway X Forged (4-PW)

Wedges: Callaway X Series JAWS (52 & 56 degree), Callaway Mack Daddy 2 (60 & 64 degree)

Putter: Odyssey Versa #9

Ball: Callaway HEX Chrome+


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