Padraig Harrington (Pro V1) posted a closing 7-under 64 to cap off a seven-shot runaway victory in Boca Raton. The win, Harrington’s sixth PGA Tour Champions title and second of the 2023 season, moved the 52-year-old to third in the season-long Schwab Cup standings, behind only Steve Stricker (Pro V1x) and Bernhard Langer (Pro V1x).
Over 54 holes this week in Florida, Harrington made a tournament-best 20 birdies and hit 43 of 54 greens in regulation (80%, T2).
Ten of the top 13 finishers this week teed up a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, while 24 of the 27 tournaments played this season on the PGA Tour Champions have been won with a Titleist.
“Confidence, it is all about confidence and I know Titleist are going to build the best golf ball. I like the feel of the ball, I go for the Pro V1 over the Pro V1x as it has a little softer feel when I am chipping but performance-wise they are very similar, both brilliant and go very long. It is the number one thing to have that trust in your golf ball, if you start to blame your golf ball or doubt it, you will have no confidence hitting your shots. For example, if you are trying to hit a 5-iron into a strong wind about 150 yards and you don’t trust your ball, what hope have you got. The most important thing in golf is to commit to your golf shot, to have that confidence in your swing that you are going to hit. To do that, you have to trust your equipment and you have to trust your golf ball.”
The winner of the TimberTech Championship won for the fifth time gaming his TSR3 9.0 driver, a mainstay in his bag since July 2022.
The winner this week in Brisbane stuck his Pro V1 golf ball to 3 feet on the 72nd hole to win by one and become the first amateur to ever win the Queensland PGA Championship. For his final approach on the 179-yard par-3 18th, the champion took aim with his T100 7-iron.
“I knew the 7-iron was a good club,” he said. “Walking up there, it was never going to be anything other than that. I said to Ben, my caddie, on the tee, we were talking about line and I said, ‘I’m going dead at it. Let’s have a crack.’ I was a little bit amped up. It definitely went a bit further but it was good to come back and have a crack at the putt.”
The birdie capped off a final round 67 to post 9 under for the week. In addition to his T100 irons, the champion also played Vokey Design SM9 wedges and a Scotty Cameron putter.
Neil Schietekat (Pro V1) made birdie on Nos. 15 and 17 coming down the stretch to hold off the chasing pack and earn his second Sunshine Tour victory of the year. Schietekat shot a final round 67 to post 15 under and win by two.
The winner of the TOTO Japan Classic gamed three Vokey Design wedges (SM9 48, 52, SM8 58) on her way to winning her first career LPGA Tour title.