FedExCup Concludes | Pressel shines at Solheim

NEWS

Phil Mickelson

Neither of them are $10 million dollars richer—and, chances are, neither are any of you today, for that matter—but Phil Mickelson and Fredrik Jacobson still concluded a strong showing in the PGA Tour’s FedExCup Playoffs on Sunday in Atlanta. East Lake Country Club was once again the sight of the TOUR Championship, where Mickelson finished 10th and Jacobson tied for 16th.

Mickelson was 15th in the final FedExCup standings and Jacobson was 29th.

Pressel, Hurst and Gal shine at Solheim Cup

A trio of Odyssey LPGA staffers had the chance to represent their country/continent this past weekend at the Solheim Cup in Ireland. Sandra Gal helped her European team win the cup. Pressel was a superstar for the U.S. team, going 4-0 over the course of the matches. Hurst went 1-1, with a victory in her singles match, and Gal went 0-2-1. (All of that is predicated on me actually having read through all the results correctly.)

Odyssey won on the Asian Tour this week. The winner used a White Hot Tour iX center shafted putter. In fact, 7 of top 11 finishers used Odyssey putters.

Odyssey dominating on the Nationwide Tour

Going into this past week’s event, Odyssey Putters were still holding down the top five positions on the Nationwide Tour Money List and 10 of the Top 25 positions.

Nationwide Tour players inspecting belly putters
Odyssey Putter

Nationwide Tour rep Matt Cullen reports that last week was another busy one when it comes to interest in belly putters. He says a dozen or so players stopped by to try out some Odyssey belly putters. Cullen says some of the players don’t have any intention of switching to a belly, but are curious to see what all the fuss is about.

 

 

Another gold putter on the rack

Golf PutterSeveral years ago, “Goldmember” from Austin Powers was hired to create gold putters to commemorate major championship wins (part of that is a lie, you can decide which part). If you’ve never been to the Odyssey Putting Lab at the Ely Callaway Performance Center, you’ve never seen the collection (below). The above putter was recently presented to the winner of the 2011 PGA Championship, who used a White Hot XG Sabertooth belly putter to capture his first major. Odyssey users who win a major get one of these to keep, and the other one goes to this collection in Carlsbad. The last one goes on ebay or craigslist.

Golf Putters

Youngest LPGA Winner Uses White Hot, Els Improving With Belly Putter

Ernie ElsThe winner of last weekend’s Navistar LPGA Classic became the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history at 16 years and 7 months old, and she used a White Hot XG 330 Mallet Putter during her record-breaking victory. The Odyssey user shot 66-68-67-70 on her way to a five-shot victory over a strong field. She carded 22 birdies during the week and was never seriously challenged on Sunday. With her victory on Sunday, Odyssey now has 52 worldwide wins on the year, 15 ahead of the nearest competitor.

In other news, Odyssey Staff Pro Ernie Els wrote in his PGATour.com blog that his confidence on the greens has improved since he switched to a Belly Putter earlier this year. The Big Easy is using a White Hot XG #1 Belly Putter and he made clutch putts in several tournaments to stay alive in the FedExCup Playoffs. “The good thing is I feel like I have somewhat turned the corner in my game…I have to give some of that credit to the Belly Putter,” Els said in his blog. “The fact is I’ve putted better during the latter half of the year and I think that’s helped me.”
On Sunday, Els officially earned a spot on the International team for this year’s Presidents Cup and he’s excited to play in such an intense atmosphere. “It’s an honor to be on the International team again and I think we have a nice mix of young guns and experienced veterans,” Els said. “We’ll be all fired up for that match.”

Phil & Freddie Into TOUR Championship

Mickelson, Jacobson fight their way into Tour Championship

Phil Mickelson and Fredrik Jacobson battled their way into the top-30 of the FedExCup rankings and have booked their spot in this week’s TOUR Championship at East Lake in Atlanta.
Jacobson gets in…barely

Fredrik JacobsonAfter making a quadruple bogey, Freddie Jacobson was on the outside of the TOUR Championship looking in for a little while during his final round on Sunday. But he rallied back and finished in the 28th playoff spot, making the Atlanta field by three positions. This story gives you a pretty good look inside how Jacobson was feeling as the final round unfolded and he scratched his way back after the dreaded quad.






Pressel finishes tied for 8th, heads to Solheim Cup
Morgan Pressel Golf Clubs

Morgan Pressel finished tied for 8th at Navistar LPGA Classic on Sunday. Pressel finished the tournament at 8-under-par. Always a battler to the end, she shot a 5-under-par 67 on Sunday to move 17 places up the leaderboard on the final day. Pressel will now don the red, white and blue to play for the U.S. in the Solheim Cup this week in County Meath, Ireland.

Hurst also playing in Solheim Cup
Vicky Hurst was a captain’s pick for the United States Solheim Cup team. She’ll be playing in the event for the first time. This week, Hurst switched to an Odyssey Black Series Tour Designs #5 Putter

 

Phil Mickelson

Mickelson sticks with Odyssey belly putter
Phil Mickelson stuck with the White Hot XG Sabertooth belly putter this week in Illinois.

Odyssey Passes 50 Wins For The Year

PuttersWith another 3-win Sunday over Labor Day Weekend, Odyssey has now earned 51 worldwide victories across the major golf tours this year. The #1 Putter in Golf picked up wins on the Japanese Tour and Nationwide Tour to go along with Staff Pro Thomas Bjorn’s third win of the year on the European Tour. Odyssey holds a commanding lead in worldwide putter victories, where the nearest putter manufacturer has recorded 33 wins for the season.

Odyssey’s tournament dominance has been apparent on each Tour in 2011. Odyssey putters have won 10 PGA Tour events, including a win with a White Hot XG Sabertooth Long Putter at the PGA Championship. The #1 Putter in Golf has also captured three majors on the Champions Tour, won the U.S. Women’s Open on the LPGA Tour, and won nine of the 19 events played so far on the Nationwide Tour.
And Odyssey has made its biggest impact on the European and Japanese Tours. Our putters lead the EPGA with 13 putter wins, where the next nearest competitor has five. On the Japanese Tour, Odyssey has won 10 of 13 tournaments held this year. Odyssey also leads in putter victories on three of the six major tours in 2011.

Bjorn Goes Back-to-Back, Lefty Sports New Belly Putter

Bjorn’s supremacy
Thomas Bjorn
Odyssey Staffer Thomas Bjorn has been Bjorn again, folks. The big Dane grabbed his second consecutive win on the European Tour with a hard-charging final round 62 at Omega European Masters in Switzerland. The 9-under-par effort and resulting victory vaulted him into the top-30 in the World Golf Rankings and left me with any number of Bjorn/born puns just sitting at my fingertips. He used an Odyssey Black Series i X #1 putter.

 

NOTES

The story behind Phil’s putter

Sabertooth PutterThe world’s economy seems to be hanging on the putter Phil Mickelson is using, so I thought I’d provide the details behind his new belly model. It’s a Sabertooth with a White Hot XG insert, and it’s 45¼ inches long with a lie of 70 degrees. It has also been custom weighted to put more weight behind the face. A tungsten weight insert was machined to bring the putter up to the required belly putter head weight. (I’m told the putter weighs 392 grams.)

Last week, Phil worked with Austie Rollinson (Odyssey’s Principal Designer) here at the Odyssey Putting Lab in Carlsbad last week. There was only one Sabertooth putter made for Phil. In fact, the putter that Phil is using was in the office of the main designer of the Sabertooth, Tom Hilton. Tom happens to be lefthanded, which is fortunate because there are not many lefthanded White Hot XG Sabertooth putters just lying around the office these days.

Prior to building Mickelson’s putter, Rollinson consulted Odyssey PGA Tour rep Johnny Thompson, who was responsible for developing the putter spec used successfully by the winner of the PGA Championship, who Mickelson has played with recently and during practice rounds this year. Rollinson did make Phil a different belly putter—an Odyssey D.A.R.T. model—a few months ago that Phil tried at home before getting the Sabertooth last week and putting it in play.

Another big weekend for Odyssey

Odyssey was 2nd in putters, with 27 in play at Deutsche Bank Championship.

Odyssey finishers in the top-10 this week included:

    • T3 – White Hot XG Rossie putter

 

 

 

  • 6th – White ice DART Mallet Mid