Starting the 2023 Tour Season on a Roll

Max Homa continues his winning ways with his second victory of the 2023 PGA TOUR season taking the title at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

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PGA TOUR (January 28, 2023)
FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN
It’s now five wins and counting for Max Homa with a Scotty Cameron Phantom X putter model in the bag. The run began at the 2021 Genesis Invitational, where Homa, gaming a Phantom X 11.5, became the first player to win with a Phantom X model putter on the PGA TOUR. Four months later, he switched to the Phantom X 5.5 Tour Prototype, which he used to win the last two Fortinet Championships, as well as the Wells Fargo Championship last May.

This week, Homa gained more than 4 ½ strokes on the field putting (+4.595), ranking ninth for the week. He gained 3.46 strokes during the final round alone. Said Homa, on his switch to Phantom X: “I was just struggling with face control with my putter. So I tried a few mallets, ended up going with one of the Phantoms and it just felt like it swung a bit better. It didn’t feel like I needed to work so much with my hands to release the putter. And at that time that’s really what I needed and then I got hooked on them.

"I think you almost don't have to do as much with your hands, so you can just focus on the big muscles. And I feel like, especially with putting, especially when you’re nervous, that’s a huge part of being consistent and having a lot of repetition. I felt like that was something that I was missing. And when I switched to that, I felt like it just became a lot more predictable just because I could take out a variable. Speed control became much easier with the Phantom style. I felt like because of the weight of the head or just the way it swung, I just felt like it was a lot easier to control my putts from 15 to 25 feet. That’s where I’ve typically struggled. That’s definitely the most obvious impact I saw.

"I think we work a lot on alignment with my putting, with getting the face square to the target line and something about the way they set up, I feel like they’re very square. I feel like that’s helped, but I really do think that the speed control has been the main benefactor (to my wins), holing a couple extra 10 to 20 footers. And that typically is mostly speed based, less start line than the closer putts."

PGA TOUR LATINOAMÉRICA (December 18, 2022)
SCOTIA WEALTH MANAGEMENT CHILE OPEN
Titleist Brand Ambassador Matt Ryan made eagle on the 72nd hole to win by one shot for his second career title on PGA Tour Latinoamérica. Ryan, playing a Pro V1 golf ball and full bag of Titleist equipment including a Scotty Cameron Timeless Tour Prototype, closed in 2-under 70 on Sunday to finish the week in Chile at 10 under, one clear of fellow Brand Ambassador Conner Godsey. Ryan played the par 5’s in 5 under during the final round, including two eagles.

DP WORLD TOUR/PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALASIA 2022-23 (November 27, 2022)
FORTINET AUSTRALIAN PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Cameron Smith, playing a Pro V1x golf ball, NEW TSR metalwoods and his trusty Scotty Cameron 009M (Masterful) Prototype putter, won his third career Australian PGA Championship in the DP World Tour’s season-opening week. Playing in his birthplace of Brisbane, Smith shot all four rounds in the 60’s (68-65-69-68) on his way to a three-shot win. 

The reigning Champion Golfer of the Year closed in 3-under 68 to finish at 14 under. Smith made three back nine birdies to pull away from the field and add another victory to his stellar 2022. Thirteen of the top 17 finishers at Royal Queensland Golf Club gamed a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball model.

PGA TOUR 2022-23 (November 6, 2022)
WORLD WIDE TECHNOLOGY CHAMPIONSHIP AT MAYAKOBA
Titleist FPL player Russell Henley cruised to his fourth PGA TOUR title Sunday at Mayakoba, closing in 1-under 70 for a four-shot victory. Henley, gaming a Pro V1x golf ball with a full bag of Titleist equipment that included a Special Select Timeless Tourtype GSS Long Neck Prototype, opened the week with consecutive 63’s on his way to setting the tournament scoring record at 23 under par. He made 25 birdies (T1) over the four days in Mexico while playing his first 58 holes bogey-free, getting up and down 15 consecutive times during that stretch.

Henley, 33, led the field in driving accuracy (78.6%) while finishing second in both Scrambling (90.5%) and One Putts (42). Said Henley: “I just feel the consistency throughout my bag is just unbelievable. Every club that I’ve hit, I don’t feel like I’ve ever hit a ball that’s gone way farther than I thought or way shorter. The distance control (with my Pro V1x) is outstanding. The spin around the greens is outstanding.”

PGA TOUR 2022-23 (October 10, 2022)
SHRINERS CHILDREN'S OPEN
Titleist staff player Joohyung “Tom” Kim earned his second career victory on the PGA TOUR – trusting his Scotty Cameron Timeless TT (Tour Type) GSS Tour Prototype putter – becoming the youngest two-time TOUR winner in 90 years. The 20-year-old made 24 birdies and zero bogeys over the 72 holes at TPC Summerlin, with his 24-under total earning him a three-shot victory.

Kim, who moves to No. 15 in the Official World Golf Ranking, shot a final round 5-under 66, his fourth-consecutive round of 67 or better (65-67-62-66). For the week, Kim led the field Scrambling, getting his Pro V1x up-and-down 100% of the time (9 attempts). He also ranked 3rd in Greens in Regulation (87.5%), 3rd in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green (+8.933), 5th in SG: Approach (+5.83) and 3rd in SG: Putting (+6.052). Kim’s victory marks his second win in four starts, a meteoric rise since his breakout 3rd-place finish at the Genesis Scottish Open and his PGA TOUR card-clinching Sunday 63 at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in July.

KIM ROLLING WITH SCOTTY CAMERON PUTTER: Playing a Scotty Cameron Timeless TT (Tour Type) GSS Tour Prototype putter, Kim gained more than six (+6.052) strokes on the greens, averaging 1.651 putts per green in regulation.

“I’ve always putted my best with a blade,” Kim said. “I was using a mallet for a couple of years, but I’ve won a lot of my tournaments with a blade, and I wanted to come back, kind of use something natural. Scotty and Paul (Vizanko) really helped me with this piece and it looks great with the mint blue (paintfill). It’s been in the bag for a really long time now.”

PGA TOUR 2022-23 (September 19, 2022)
FORTINET CHAMPIONSHIP
Seemingly as fast as one season ends another begins. And, with the Fortinet Championship kicking off the 2022-23 PGA TOUR season, Max Homa secured another victory on Sunday, September 18, 2022, with his trusty Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5 Tour Prototype. It was Homa’s fourth PGA TOUR title taken with a Scotty Cameron Phantom X putter model in the bag.

The run began at the 2021 Genesis Invitational, where Homa, gaming a Phantom X 11.5, became the first player to win with a Phantom X model putter on the PGA TOUR. Four months later, he switched to the Phantom X 5.5, which he used to win his first Fortinet Championship last September and then the Wells Fargo Championship in May. The same putter was in his hands this week in Napa, where he gained more than four strokes on the field (+4.003/9th).

Said Homa, on his switch to Phantom X: “I was just struggling with face control with my putter. So I tried a few mallets, ended up going with one of the Phantoms and it just felt like it swung a bit better. It didn’t feel like I needed to work so much with my hands to release the putter. And at that time that’s really what I needed and then I got hooked on them.

“I think you almost don't have to do as much with your hands, so you can just focus on the big muscles. And I feel like, especially with putting, especially when you’re nervous, that’s a huge part of being consistent and having a lot of repetition. I felt like that was something that I was missing. And when I switched to that, I felt like it just became a lot more predictable just because I could take out a variable.

“Speed control became much easier with the Phantom style. I felt like because of the weight of the head or just the way it swung, I just felt like it was a lot easier to control my putts from 15 to 25 feet. That’s where I’ve typically struggled. That’s definitely the most obvious impact I saw.

More about the titles taken with Scotty Cameron putters.

“I think we work a lot on alignment with my putting, with getting the face square to the target line and something about the way they set up, I feel like they’re very square. I feel like that’s helped, but I really do think that the speed control has been the main benefactor (to my wins), holing a couple extra 10 to 20 footers. And that typically is mostly speed based, less start line than the closer putts.”

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