Odyssey Triumphs in August

Bjorn August was yet another winning month for the #1 Putter in Golf. Odyssey took center stage at the PGA Championship, where a rookie became the first player to win a major with a long putter. He dropped crucial putts with a White Hot XG Sabertooth Long Putter and claimed the Wanamaker Trophy in his first career major appearance. Later in the month, Thomas Bjorn outlasted his opponents in a five-man playoff at the Johnnie Walker Championship. Here are some other August highlights for Odyssey:

    • Claimed six victories across five of the major professional tours in August, including the PGA Championship.

 

  • Maintained the lead in putter wins, and increased win total to 48 this year.

 

 

  • 7 of the 12 players on this year’s U.S. Solheim Cup team currently play an Odyssey putter.

 

 

  • Enjoyed a 3-win day on August 28, where Bjorn won on the EPGA while Odyssey also earned victories on the LPGA and Japanese Tours.

 

 

  • Leads the European Tour with 12 wins this year; no other putter manufacturer has more than five.

 

 

  • Has won 75% of the events played on the Japanese Tour this year.

 

Our Odyssey Staff Pros are especially having success on the European Tour, where Alvaro Quiros, Bjorn and Alex Noren currently sit in the top-12 on the current Race to Dubai Standings. On the PGA Tour, Fredrik Jacobson has continued to play solid golf since he won the Travelers Championship earlier this summer. Chip Beck has also been on a roll with top-6 finishes in each of his last two starts. He’s made a huge jump up to No. 23 on the Charles Schwab Cup list.

 

Winning Weekend For Bjorn & Bae

NEWS

Thomas Bjorn

Odyssey Staff Pro Thomas Bjorn continued what has been a fantastic season, picking up his second win of 2011 on Sunday, winning the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles with a birdie on the fifth playoff hole. It was Bjorn’s 12th career European Tour win in his 368th start. He used a Black Series iX #1 Putter.

5 Odyssey staffers moving on to Deutsche Bank Championship

As the FedExCup Playoffs move to God’s Country this week, there will be five Odyssey staffers still in the mix. Phil Mickelson, Freddie Jacobson, J.J. Henry, Trevor Immelman and Ernie Els are all inside the top-100. Els kept himself on the playoff trail by a whisker; he is currently 99th after The Barclays.

This week at The Barclays, Jacobson, Immelman and Els all finished tied for 32nd at 9-under-par. Mickelson finished at 8-under.

Sang-Moon Bae wins in Japan

Odyssey staffer Sang Moon Bae won the Vana H Cup KBC Augusta in Japan this weekend. He is currently 3rd on the JGTO Money Ranking and is 2nd in scoring average. He used an Odyssey Tour Milled #1 Putter during the win.

Odyssey wins on the LPGA Tour

The winner of this week’s CN Canadian Open on the LPGA Tour used the Odyssey White Ice 2-Ball putter.

Pressel and Hurst Make U.S. Solheim Cup Roster

5 Odyssey putter users finish tied for 9th or better at the Wyndham Championship

NOTES

Hurst ties for 5th at Safeway Classic

Vicky Hurst

Odyssey staff pro Vicky Hurst tied for 5th at the Safeway Classic in Portland, Oregon. It was her best finish of the season. Portland delivered on the weather front, with temps in the mid 80s and NO RAIN. Being that it was Portland, that actually is NEWS. Portland is a great place, by the way. Highly recommend a visit and some nice outerwear to bring along with you. Maybe a jacket from our apparel collection. Wouldn’t be the worst idea you ever had.

Pressel, Hurst on Solheim Cup team

Odyssey Staff Pros Morgan Pressel and Vicky Hurst will represent the U.S. Solheim Cup Team in Ireland next month.

 

Flanagan ties for 2nd at Nationwide Tour’s Midwest Classic

Odyssey staffer Nick Flanagan finished tied for 2nd this weekend using the White Ice #7 Putter.

 

What the top-10 on the Nationwide Tour Money List are using:

  • #1 Odyssey White Hot XG #7
  • #2 Odyssey White Ice 2-ball Blade, X-Forged Wedges, Diablo Edge Tour 18-degree fwy wood
  • #5 Odyssey White Hot XG #7 Heavy
  • #6 Odyssey White Hot #9
  • #8 Odyssey White hot #1 center shafted
  • #10 Danny Lee- Odyssey full staffer

Browne finishes tied for 17th at final Senior Major

Odyssey staffer Olin Browne capped a successful campaign on the Champions Tour (he won the U.S. Senior Open, by the way) with a tie for 17th at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, the season’s final major…obviously. The Champions tour has five majors…obviously. And, no, it’s not because some of the players have already forgotten the first one.

 

Winning Odyssey putter headed to Hall of Fame

A replica of the mid-length Odyssey White Hot XG Sabertooth that won the PGA Championship has been requested by the Golf Hall of Fame. It will be encased and put on display as the first non-traditional length putter to win a major.

Odyssey killing it in Europe

The PGA European Tour stopped in to that hotbed of golf—The Czech Republic—last week for the teeming-with-history Czech Open. 59 of the 141 players in the field were using an Odyssey putter. That was nearly 42% of the field.

Odyssey News and Notes: 5 Major Wins, FedExCup Domination

 Following the White Hot XG Sabertooth Long Putter’s thrilling win at the PGA Championship on Sunday, Odyssey has now won 5 major championships this year. The #1 Putter in Golf has captured three of four majors on the Champions Tour, the PGA Championship and the U.S. Women’s Open.

- To see the impact Odyssey putters have on Tour, look no further than the current FedExCup Standings. 5 of the top-6 players on the list are playing an Odyssey gamer in competition, and Phil Mickelson is the only one of these players who is on our Staff Pro list.

- Trevor Immelman’s game has rounded into form recently, as he’s posted Top-15 finishes in both of his last two tournaments. The first year Odyssey Staff Pro finished T12 at Atlanta Athletic Country Club, and he ranks second in the PGA Tour in putting from inside five feet.

- Four of the top-6 players on the PGA Tour’s Strokes Gained Putting statistic are using an Odyssey putter, including Staff Pro Fredrik Jacobson. Jacobson also ranks sixth on the PGA Tour in total putting.

- Odyssey continues to lead all putter manufacturers in worldwide wins. The #1 Putter in Golf has earned 44 professional victories this year, 12 more than the nearest competitor.

The Tooth Wins the PGA Championship

NEWS

Odyssey (belly) Putter wins the PGA Championship

The winner of the PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club wielded an Odyssey White Hot XG Sabertooth putter (belly model) to grab his first major championship title in his first major championship appearance. And he was bolstered by clutch putts down the stretch. For those of you nerdy types who need to know all the details—surprise—I actually have them: the winning putter is 46.75” to the end of the grip. It has 3 degrees of loft and a lie angle of 67.5 degrees. It weighs 762 grams and has a double-bend ski pole shaft with a Winn Flat Top Mid grip. (Thanks to Odyssey tour rep Johnny “Hollywood” Thompson for the 411.) Rumor has it, the guy who won the tournament calls his Sabertooth putter: “The Tooth.”

This was the 10th PGA Tour win of the season for Odyssey putters.

Odyssey had three users finish in the top-10 this week:

1st – White Hot XG Sabertooth Mid (as previously stated)

3rd – White Ice #7

T8 – White Hot XG #7H

Odyssey had 40 putters in play this week which was 25.6% of the putters in play.

Jacobson ties for 11th at Firestone

Fredrik Jacobson

Odyssey staffer Fredrik Jacobson continued his standout season by finishing tied for 11th at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio on Sunday. Jacobson shot 68-66-67-71 to finish at 8-under-par for the tournament. Jacobson played a Black Series i #1 Putter.

Ernie Els finished the tournament at 1-over-par in what is traditionally one of the best fields of the year. 49 of the 50 top players in the world rankings were at Firestone. Odyssey had seven players on hand. In addition to Jacobson and Els, Phil Mickelson, Alvaro Quiros, Thomas Bjorn, Alexander Noren and Stuart Appleby all represented Odyssey — and themselves as well, I guess, since golf is kind of an individual sport.

Firestone

Not a bad track. An up-close look at Firestone’s South Course during a practice round last Tuesday. Callaway’s staff players now turn their attention to the final major of the 2011 season, the PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club, where it will undoubtedly be seasonally balmy.

NOTES

Odyssey wins the putter count at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

There were 24 Odyssey putters in play at Firestone, which was more than 31% of the field. Bottom line, when the best players in the world tee it up in one place, Odyssey wins the day.

Odyssey just misses 10th PGA Tour win of 2011

With nine PGA Tour victories in 2011, Odyssey went looking for an even ten on Sunday in Akron, but came up one spot short. Odyssey users still made their mark on the leaderboard. It went a little something like this:

T2 – Odyssey White Hot XG #7H

T4 – Odyssey Protype (PT09i)

T6 – Odyssey White Hot Tour iX #5 center shafted putter

Odyssey wins again on Nationwide Tour

New week. Same player. Same putter. Same result…victoreeeey

The same player used the same putter—the Odyssey White Hot HG #7—to win for the second consecutive week on the Nationwide Tour. His putting was the difference, too, as he led the field in putts per GIR by averaging 1.569. He was also tied for 5th in putts per round at 27.5.

Also on the Nationwide Tour, Odyssey staffer Danny Lee continued his stellar play by finishing tied for 2nd at 21-under-par. He put an Odyssey White Ice Sabertooth in play this week.

ANECDOTES

Let’s go live again.

Since the U.S. Open live blog from Congressional went so well, we’ll try to update the tour blog at http://www.callawaygolftourblog.com/ this week from the PGA Championship in Atlanta. (I don’t know what I mean by “we.” There’s no mouse in my pocket. It’ll just be me.) There are a couple of reasons this might not happen:

A. The plane I’m on that they decided to weigh when we got out on the runway is possibly too heavy to make it all the way to Atlanta. I’m no ex-Boeing engineer like some people at Callaway (global golf ball guy, Steve Ogg), but this seems like something they could have calculated before the cabin temperature reached 93 degrees while we “burn fuel on the runway in order to make weight.” (The environmental way to fly, I suppose.)

2. I die of heat exhaustion before I get to the keyboard at Atlanta Athletic Club because the PGA Championship is in Atlanta. In August. During the day. In Atlanta. Did I mention that Atlanta is in GEORGE-AH? And it’s summer.

And C. Deion Sanders still hasn’t finished congratulating himself during his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction speech, so the tournament will be postponed due to lack of oxygen remaining on the planet.

With U.S. Senior Open Win, Browne Moves to No.2 On Charles Schwab List

There was Olin Browne last Sunday afternoon, his arms raised in absolute euphoria. The genial Odyssey Staff Pro had just made the most important putt of his life, a 30-foot bomb that locked up his three-shot, wire-to-wire win at the U.S. Senior Open. Browne secured his first major championship trophy at Inverness, and also jumped into the thick of the Charles Schwab Cup Standings.

Browne now sits in second place on the current list, which awards a cool $1 million prize to the season’s top finisher. The Black Series i #1 user has posted six top-10 finishes this year and collected nearly $1 million in tournament earnings. Browne is on pace for his best Champions Tour season and is a lock for the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in November.

Odyssey Staff Pro Olin Browne Wins The U.S. Senior Open

Senior Open

 

 

 

Longtime Odyssey Staffer Olin Browne won his first career major championship on Sunday when he captured the U.S. Senior Open by three shots. Olin shot 64-69-65-71 and sealed the win by ramming in a long birdie putt on the final hole. With the win, he moved to 2nd in the Charles Schwab Cp points standings. Not bad for a guy who didn’t seriously pick up golf until he was in college and has rather ominous initials for a golfer. Couldn’t happen to a better guy; congrats to Olin. He played an Odyssey Black Series i #1 Putter during his major win.





Browne’s putter tweak makes a difference

Putters

This week, Browne worked with Callaway’s Champions tour rep Jeff Opheim to add loft to his Odyssey putter. “He had the same model putter that he’s been using but we added loft this week,” Opheim said. “We added two degrees to make it six degrees of loft. When we did that, he rolled it a lot smoother.”

3 Senior Major titles in 2011 for Odyssey putters

With Browne’s win in Toledo, Odyssey has now won three major championships this year on the senior circuit. Here are the winners:

    1. Senior Open Championship – Odyssey Backstryke Marxman

 

 

 

  • U.S. Senior Open – Odyssey Black Series i #1 – Olin Browne
    (That’s a lot of great putting by old guys using Odyssey putters.)

 

Odyssey wins on the Nationwide Tour
The winner of this week’s Utah Championship on the Nationwide Tour used an Odyssey White Hot XG # 7 Putter.