Mar 16, 2010

Ernie Wins, Arnie Puts Ben In His Place, And The Masters In 3-D

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  3/16/2010 06:19:00 AM   No comments

Nice win by Ernie Els on Sunday again I didn't pick him in any of my Fantasy Golf Leagues (I'm not bitter). His putting held up and he maneouver around Doral beautifully with rounds of 68, 66, 70, and 66. The folks at Callaway must of been smiling as they had the winner plus 3 others in the top 14.

Big Easy takes down star-studded field to win WGC-CA Championship
- Four Callaway Staffers Finish in Top-14 -

CONCORD, ON, March 15, 2010 Callaway Staff Professional Ernie Els played what has to be the round of the year thus far on the PGA Tour, firing a 6-under-par 66 on Sunday at the World Golf Championships-CA Championship at Doral to win by four shots over a stacked field. For the week, the South African shot 68-66-70-66 to finish the tournament at 18-under-par.

Els put the new FT Tour Driver (8.5 degrees) from Callaway in the bag this week because he favored its penetrating ball flight in the South Florida wind. Based on the result, it’s likely to stay there for quite some time.

“First of all, my equipment is good,” Els said. Speaking specifically of his driver, he added, “It was great in the wind, wasn't ballooning, and I was hitting it quite long. The golf ball I'm using, the Callaway Tour i(s), it's a softer ball and my short game really came back.”

Els’ Odyssey White Ice #5 Putter, new to his bag this season, was also a major part of his success. He tied for fifth in putts per round, averaging just 26.8, and was sixth in putts per GIR, averaging 1.64. In addition to the FT Tour Driver, the Odyssey White Ice #5 Putter and the new Tour i(s) Golf Ball, Els used the X Prototype Irons, X-Forged Wedges, a Tour 15-degree X Fairway Wood and an X 5-wood. He was second best in the field, hitting nearly 70 percent of greens in regulation with his Callaway irons.
Els fell in love with the Tour i(s) Golf Ball when he put it in play at the end of last season and says it has been a key component for his improved short game in 2010. On Sunday, he birdied three of the first four holes and got to 4-under-par through eight holes. Two more birdies on the way in secured his 17th career PGA Tour win, and his first since the 2008 Honda Classic.
When the lights are brightest and the conditions toughest, it seems as though Callaway Staff Professionals raise their games. Including Els, four Callaway Staffers finished inside the top-14 this week. Alvaro Quiros and Graeme McDowell were part of a tie for sixth place at 10-under-par.
Quiros, who registered his first Top-10 finish in a PGA Tour sanctioned event, led the field in driving distance, averaging an absurd 317 yards off the tee with his FT-5 Driver from Callaway and the new Tour i(z) Golf Ball. McDowell carded a final-round 66 to move 10 places up the leaderboard on the final day.

Fellow Callaway Staff Pro Phil Mickelson tied for 14th at 8-under-par. Using two Callaway drivers, both featuring Fusion Technology, he averaged more than 301 yards off the tee this week. On Sunday, he averaged 317 yards off the tee.

A great read from Ryan Ballangee at Waggle Room about Arnold Palmer putting Ben Roethlisberger in his place for acting like a dick. A great read.

Apparently you'll be able to watch the upcoming Masters in 3-D, looks like U.S.A. only through Comcast so I guess I won't be missing anything here in Canada.

About Sean Crogie

Father of 3, #golf writer, full-time mail carrier, part-time @RideauViewGolf Turf Team #PJ20 fan, golfing nomad.
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