The USGA likes to say they set up the US Open venue to identify the very best player as our nation’s champion. And despite the fact that this isn’t always the case—see Michael Campbell--Justin Rose clearly fit that description for the Open just ended at Merion Golf Club. In the end, he struck the ball better and putted better than anyone else through 4 rounds on what appeared to be the hardest golf course on the planet. Particularly impressive were his clutch putting, including a 20 footer for birdie on 13 that tied him for the lead, and his long iron play on both 17 and 18. Of course, he had to hit fairways to hit good iron shots, and none was more impressive than the drive on 18, setting up the opportunity to rip a 4 iron dead at the hole, and effectively eliminating any legitimate drama from Phil Mickelson’s finish.
Rose used a full complement of TaylorMade equipment, including the new Lethal Golf Ball. Here’s his bag:
Driver: TaylorMade R1
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Tour
Wedges: TaylorMade ATV (52°, 56°, 60°)
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Blade
Ball: TaylorMade Lethal
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