Francesco Molinari separated himself from a veritable who’s who of big names in golf to win his first major championship at Carnoustie on Sunday. Molinari played the final 37 holes bogey-free. Two birdies over the final five holes were enough to push the 35-year-old Italian to a two-stroke victory over Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Kevin Chappell.
Molinari swapped out his TaylorMade 5-wood in favor of a UDI 2-iron and it paid off with the Claret Jug. The win was the ninth of Molinari’s professional career and the first Open Championship won by an Italian.
What’s In The Bag
Driver: TaylorMade M4 (8.5°, Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei CK Pro White 60X shaft)
3-wood: TaylorMade M3 (13°, Aldila XTorsion Green 70X shaft)
Irons: TaylorMade P-790 UDI (2-iron; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft)
TaylorMade P-790 (4-iron; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft)
TaylorMade P-750 (5-PW; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts)
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (50°, 56°; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts)
TaylorMade Hi-Toe (60°; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shaft)
Putter: Bettinardi DASS BBZero
Ball: Titleist ProV1x
Most Valuable Club: TaylorMade Wedges
While Molinari is known as a steady player from tee to green, it was his short game that came up huge for him at The Open. During his run of 37 straight bogey-free holes, Molinari didn’t hit every green, but he was able to get up-and-down to save pars that would eventually pay off down the stretch as the rest of the field moved back towards the pack.
[Club info via PGATour.com]