So we’re three majors down after that splendid week at Hoylake. We found out plenty about who are 2014’s consistent men, with the likes of Rickie Fowler and Jim Furyk securing a top five finish, whilst Rory McIlory strode to victory in his home tournament on the links.
The claret jug was the first major the Northern Irishman has won since he signed a deal with Nike worth a reported $20 million per year. But does equipment really affect performance?
We take a look at the top major stars of 2014 and take a look what’s in their bags which makes them so good…
Driver: Cobra BiO Cell+
The 25-year-old world no.18 is in the form of his life this season having not finished outside the top five in a major so far. He fell just short in The Open a week or so ago, but overall has been the standout player by a distance since January.
He’s one of very few on the tour using Cobra clubs, with other notable players, Ian Poulter and Jonas Blixt also inside the top 50.
His confidence in his kit – which includes the superb BiO Cell+ Driver – has improved his shot making dramatically, and he’ll no doubt want to cap a fine year off with another top five at the PGA Championship next month.
Putter: Scotty Cameron Futura X Long
Scott finally took over the number one spot in May of this year after an impressive six months so far on the course.
He’s stormed through the PGA Tour becoming the first player to win all four Texas-based events, and has taken that form into the majors where the Titleist Pro secured a top five finish in the Open at Hoylake.
Well known for his AimPoint Express routine, he combines this with a Scotty Cameron long putter – which of course will be out of action in 2016 – and it’s helped him become one of the world’s finest short game players.
Shoes: Adicross Gripmore
It’s easy to see why he’s consistently one of the best players on the tour with that kind of taste. Fellow major winners Justin Rose and Martin Kaymer have also been seen sporting the same Adicross Gripmore make during the Masters in April. The shoes are known for their distinctive red sole!
This season has been no different. He’s averaged 10th so far across the majors, , with their distinctive red sole and breathable material, becoming a favourite with not only The Grinder but Scottish Open winner Justin Rose and Martin Kaymer.
Driver: Nike Covert Tour 2.0
One of golf’s most marketable players, Rory McIlroy won his first major with Nike at Royal Liverpool, after a stunning first few days led him to the biggest margin lead at The Open in 40 years going into the final day.
He boasts a Nike Covert Tour 2.0 driver which helps him hit some of the longest tee-shots in the sport, whilst the apparel he’s supplied with has made the swoosh one of the most popular sights on the course across the planet. If anyone needed proof of his power just look up his 436-yard drive at the Scottish Open.
Shoes: Footjoy Icon
Another Titleist man, Jimmy Walker teed off his majors year with an 8th and 9th finish in the Masters and US Open respectively and has slowly worked himself into the top 20 in 2014.
The beginning of the season saw him win three times in his first eight events and achieved best results in all three Major Championships so far. The pundits still seem to write him off when it comes to winning a Majors though. He is currently 50/1 to win the US PGA.
Wearing the FootJoy Icon – perhaps the classic golf shoe – he’ll be hoping to stride down to the 18th green at Valhalla capping off a standout year with another great major finish.
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