Rod Pampling returned to the winner’s circle at the Shriners Hospitals For Children Open, but what clubs did he have in the bag that helped him to get the job done?
This week 47-year-old Australian — and the 451st ranked player in the world — Rod Pampling won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open for his first win in 10 years proving golf is a sport for all ages.
It seems the putting nerves that come with age disappeared for Pampling while in Vegas, allowing him to grab his first PGA TOUR win since the 2006 Bay Hill Championship, a time when his bag probably looked a lot different than it does now.
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Pampling used a Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Mid-Length putter to make a 32-footer on the final hole and clinch the win (see the video above), but he also finished the round with a 2.968 strokes gained putting average. To put that in perspective, his average for the entire season last year was -.475 and year-to-date 2017 he’s at -.184.
Putting is often the key to winning in the professional ranks, but another takeaway from Pampling’s winning bag this week is that having a mixed bag isn’t a bad thing; find the clubs that work for you and use them.
Congratulations to Rod Pampling on the win and welcome back to the winner’s circle.
IN ROD PAMPLING’S BAG
Driver – TaylorMade M2 10.5 Degrees / Shaft: UST Mamiya Elements Proto PR6F4
3-Wood – TaylorMade M1 T3 14 Degrees / Shaft: UST Mamiya Elements 8F4T
Utility – Ping Crossover 3-iron / Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Red 6.5 Flex 85g
Irons – Srixon Z-Forged Prototype 4-PW / Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 130S