The Clubs That Won: Justin Rose's TaylorMade Sticks at Zurich Classic
En route to his victory Sunday at the Zurich Classic, Justin Rose excelled in two key areas: off the tee and on the green. Before the event Rose ranked T163 in driving accuracy percentage and 183rd in strokes gained/putting for the 2014-15 PGA Tour season, but he finished T3 in fairways hit and 12th in strokes gained/putting for the week at TPC Louisiana.
Rose also finished third in total putts and first in putts per GIR. Tied with Jason Day heading into the final round (after completing the third round Sunday morning), Rose shot a final-round 66 that included one-putts on five of the last six holes. He sank birdie putts of 10 and 14 feet on the 17th and 18th holes, which ultimately clinched Rose’s seventh PGA Tour victory and first since the 2014 Quicken Loans National.
The 34-year-old has now won PGA Tour events in each of the last six seasons, second only to Dustin Johnson’s eight consecutive seasons with a win.
On the greens, Rose used a TaylorMade White Smoke DA-62 prototype putter. Here’s a photo of the putter courtesy of the PGA Tour’s Jonathan Wall. (Rose's White Smoke is black, whereas the stock model is white.)
A photo posted by Jonathan Wall (@jonathanrwall) on Apr 26, 2015 at 4:23pm PDT
Rose wasn’t only accurate off the tee, he was long. He finished 12th in driving distance at 293.1 yards a pop and led the field in total driving, a stat that combines driving distance and accuracy.
Here’s a look at the TaylorMade R15 driver. Rose’s model has a 430-cc head, 9.5° of loft and a Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 70-gram XTS shaft. The below photo shows a 460-cc R15 head.