SAN DIEGO — Torrey Pines South Course was a brutal test this year. The 7,643-yard layout demanded distance while the deep Kikuyu rough put a premium on accuracy.
The clubs that Tiger Woods uses are not designed to be forgiving; he demands the utmost feel and is more concerned with being able to shape shots than straighten a slice.
Unlike Phil Mickelson, who loves to tinker with his set composition, Woods rarely makes changes. When courses are running fast and the rough is not especially wet or deep, he commonly takes out his 19° 5-wood and puts in a 2-iron. As you might recall, he used the 2-iron off the tee on many occasions at Royal Liverpool when he won the 2006 British Open. Here at Torrey Pines, the 5-wood is in the bag under a Kiwi bird head cover (an homage to his caddie, Steve Williams, who is from New Zealand). Tiger Woods Clubs:Driver Nike SasQuatch Tour (7.5°)Fairway woods Nike SasQuatch Sumo (15°, 19°)Irons Nike Forged Blades (3-PW) Wedges Nike Forged (56°, 60°)Putter Titleist by Scotty Cameron Newport 2Ball Nike One Platinum
(Bag photo by Simon Bruty) UPDATE — A comment listed below was posted on Wednesday morning that said Tiger uses a steel shaft in his driver. According to Nike, and as verified by photo research, he uses is a Mitsubishi Diamana 83 X graphite shaft that happens to be silver in color. To see it more clearly, click on the photo on the right. (Woods photo by Al Tielemans/SI)