Welcome to the best week of the year if you’re a golf fan. The world’s best players are gearing up for the most iconic major championship in the game, on golf’s most sacred grounds no less. It’s easy to start waxing poetic about the legendary tournament and venue, but on a week like this it comes with the territory.
We can barely contain our excitement, and to top it all off we have a deep list of Callaway staffers who have their eyes set on a certain colored jacket come Sunday evening. Our boys are playing well, our equipment is winning on Tour, and we’re ready to push it even further with a win this week.
It’s tough to single out any one player, what with Patrick Reed’s two wins this year, Harris English playing in his home state and a certain guy named Phil Mickelson who’s done pretty well on this track. That’s why we’re giving you 5 Callaway staffers (and 1 icon) to watch at the big one down in Georgia.
1. Henrik Stenson
Club(s) that could make the difference: X2 Hot Pro Driver
Sitting pretty at No. 3 in the world golf rankings, the 1st year Callaway Staff Pro is more than ready to slip on the jacket and capture his first career major title. He’s been quietly striping the ball well in his last few starts and with the way he hits his driver and controls his irons, he’ll be in position to post a whole lot of birdies this week, especially on the Par-5s.
2. Phil Mickelson
In case you need a reminder, Phil’s won this major three times so he’s got a pretty good feel for the course. He’s also one of the best wedge players ever and that will give him a huge advantage at a layout that features the most famous greens in golf.
It’s not just about getting the ball on the green, it’s about putting it in the right place, utilizing the slopes. No one does that better than Lefty. His X2 Hot Deep Fairway Wood will also help put him in great position to go at some pins.
3. Patrick Reed
A two-time winner already this year, Reed can catch fire with the best of them on Tour. He’s counted on clutch putting to win in the Desert and against a world-class field at Doral, where he calmly kept his composure as they tried to chase him down.
He’s not afraid of the big moment, knows how to control his golf ball, and has the confidence to hit the right shot. He’s got the game and the mindset to make a move here.
4. Jim Furyk
Club(s) that could make the difference: Big Bertha Driver
Fairways and greens. Fairways and greens. Fairways and greens. That’s how Jim Furyk plays, and his accuracy off the tee will put him in good position to post some great scores. He’s a major winner, a likely future hall-of-famer and he always seems to be lurking in these big events. No one grinds better than Furyk, and it’s all but certain that he’ll be in the mix this weekend.
5. Harris English
Club(s) that could make the difference: X2 Hot Pro Driver, Odyssey Versa 2-Ball Putter
English is 4th on the FedExCup in his first year with #TeamCallaway, and he’s got all the tools to make a major breakthrough. He has an unflappable demeanor, hits the ball a mile, rolls in birdies round after round and generally does everything well. The University of Georgia alum would do well to win in his home state.
Be sure to keep an eye on Gary Woodland and Chris Kirk, too
Bonus Player To Watch: Mr. Arnold Palmer
You can’t talk about this tournament without mentioning Arnold Palmer, who once again will hit one of the Opening Tee Shots this year on Thursday morning. This year marks the 50th year since Mr. Palmer won his 4th and final jacket, and we were honored to sit down with him recently for an exclusive Callaway Talks series of interviews.
“The King” kept us hanging on every word as he shared some of his favorite stories about the game, Ely Callaway and our equipment. We’re proud to release this series this week, and you can see all of our interviews with Mr. Palmer here.
Happy Major Week, everyone! For more on all our #TeamCallaway pros, please visit our Tour home page. And for a great tip from Gary Player that will be particularly helpful to the players in Georgia, take a look at this #BerthaLong video.