The past year has been a wonderful experience as the Open champion. The best part has been the feeling of satisfaction from that huge win. Returning to St. Andrews to defend will be awesome!
For the Old Course, I'll probably go to a 54-degree wedge in place of the 52 and 56, and add a three- and four-iron in place of my current three-iron [which plays between a typical three and four]. On a links course, spin and wedge control mean less than imagination and trajectory, so I'll give up the extra wedge in favor of the flexibility in the long irons.
And I always use a lower spinning ball, Nike's One Tour D, which works well in the cold and wind of the Open links courses.
VR Tour (9.5°)
Attas 6 (X flex)
Pro Combo OS (two-iron); VR split cavity (three-iron); VR Blade (five through PW)
Dynamic Gold X100
One Tour D
SQ II (15°)
Attas 7 (X flex)
Method 001 Prototype
I carry Amino Vital, which mixes with water to help with hydration and focus, and Living Fuel bars, which are packed with healthy ingredients.
VR (52°, 56° and 60°)
Dynamic Gold X100
TEES AND MARKERS
These tees create less friction at impact, and they break less often than wooden ones. I don't have any lucky markers, but a fan I see occasionally has given me some awesome collectible coins, like this 1864 two-cent piece and this 1831 dime.
I feel naked if I leave it at home. I even carry a spare battery in case it goes dead. On Tour, my caddie Frank and I use it to chart yardages, especially uphill and downhill adjustments.
My trainer Chris Noss makes a mean PB&J! Seriously, he makes one for every round, with the healthiest ingredients. I usually eat half per nine holes.
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Photograph by CARLOS M. SAAVEDRA
GOING LONG Cink (near left) and caddie Frank Williams rarely alter their equipment to suit the course, but they will adjust for St. Andrews.
Photographs by CARLOS M. SAAVEDRA