One of the things that I fully intend to do moving forward is to highlight the LPGA Tour a lot more. I feel that the LPGA Tour simply doesn’t get the credit that it fully and rightfully deserves. So how do I start such a commitment? How about this weeks tournament in Singapore.
The HSBC Women’s World Championship was held at the Sentosa Golf Club – Tanjong Course which measures at an estimated 6,800 yards. The golf course was designed by renowned architect Alister MacKenzie and is ranked 79th in the World’s Top 100 Golf Courses. The week saw an event that was absolutely star-studded. Some of these names included the likes of Major Champions Cristie Kerr, Lexi Thompson, Lydia Ko and Inbee Park just to name a few.
As the weekend progressed it was Nelly Korda (sister of the winner the week before Jessica Korda) who was in the lead. As the final day of the tournament arrived the leaderboard was just saturated and at one point there were no less than ten players who could have won the event. Among them was Canadian Brooke Henderson who finished T-2 with American Danielle Kang. However, it would be a name that we haven’t seen in the “Winner’s Circle” for some time who would emerge victorious in the end.
Michelle Wie… remember her? I’ve always admired Michelle Wie and her game. In a way this week was like the clock got turned back just a little bit. Speaking of turning the clock back what most people may not realize is that Wie held the 54-hole lead at the same event in 2017 just to see her falter on Sunday. However, in 2018 it would be a much different scenario. After firing a 73 during the second round Wie found herself well back in the field. By the time the third round finished Wie had found herself right behind Kang and Henderson as she fired a 66. Talk about grinding it out and having a short memory about a not-so great round the day before. When the dust settled Wie would post a 65 and a total of 271 (-17) to claim the victory. Wie’s first since 2014.
The final round was exactly what the LPGA Tour and similar women’s professional golf tours worldwide needed (Ladies European Tour, LPGA Symetra Tour). A crammed leaderboard on the final day packed with plenty of star power. Moreover, when you see a champion win in the fashion of how Wie won the title it just further bolsters the excitement and drama. From around 40 feet away and off of the green Wie sunk a putt to win the tournament. Talk about winning in style! When looking at the event from a golf standpoint Sunday from Singapore was one of the most exciting finishes I’ve watched… ever!
But there is more to take from Wie’s victory. Actually, there are a few things but I want to focus on the most notable thing. I want to point out that if you want to play good golf… use what works best for you and your game. Who remembers when it was suddenly decided that using a 7-wood (if you’re a male golfer) was only for old men? I remember it vividly when I succumbed to that mindset and I was never really the same. I used to love my 7-wood. So how about an 11-wood? Through talking with Callaway Golf SVP of Marketing Harry Arnett and Anthony Taranto (the man is a wedge master) I found out what Michelle Wie has in her bag. Talk about a unique set-up.
- Callaway Golf Rogue Driver
- Callaway Golf Epic 3 wood
- Callaway Golf Rogue 5 wood
- Callaway Golf Epic 5 hybrid
- Callaway Golf Rogue 11 wood
- Callaway Golf X Forged & Rogue irons (combo set)
- Callaway Golf MD4 Black 52* 56* 60* (Bent to 50* 55* 60*)
- Odyssey Golf Putter (basically a wider 2W)
- Callaway Golf Chrome Soft X ball