Tour Notes

A  full slate of Callaway staffers teed it up this week at the Sony Open, the first full-field event on the 2011 PGA TOUR. Stuart Appleby (T13th), Cameron Beckman (T20th), Fredrik Jacobson (T 27th), Colt Knost (T34th) and Ernie Els (T 42nd) were all in action at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. Nationwide Tour graduates Scott Gutchewski, Jim Herman and new Callaway staff member Colt Knost, who also graduated for the Nationwide Tour, also teed it up in their first PGA Tour event of the year.  Els finished 1st in the field in Greens in Regulation, hitting 77 percent with his Callaway X-Prototype Irons.  Beckman finished first in the field in putts per GIR, averaging 1.571 with his Odyssey White Hot #2 Putter. He was also 3rd in putts per round, averaging just 27. Appleby was sixth in driving distance, averaging more than 297 yards off the tee.  Callaway Wedges in high demand early in the season Manufacturer tour trailers may not be able to drive to Hawaii for the first two events, but that doesn’t mean players aren’t busy placing orders with onsite Tour reps. In the case of Stuart Appleby and several non-Callaway staffers that meant placing an order for new Callaway X-Forged Wedges and JAWS Wedges to be made for them and ready to be put in their bags at the next event they play. Appleby asked to have fresh X-Forged 52/12 and 58/10 C-grind wedges made up for the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.  Ernie Els puts new RAZR Hawk Tour Driver in play last week Due to a miscommunication, last week we told you that Ernie Els was loving the RAZR Hawk Tour Driver but had not yet put it in play. Turns out, The Big Easy did, in fact, make the switch and put the new RAZR Hawk Tour Driver (8.5 degrees) in play for all four rounds of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions a week ago. After about 10 swings with the driver on the range, he said he was very impressed with it, then hit 80 percent of fairways for the week. Els used the new club despite having won two tournaments since putting his other new driver in play, the Diablo Octane Tour. The Big Easy won the Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda and the South African Open using that Diablo Octane Tour Driver. Always good to have options.   Young talent Danny Willett makes 2011 European Tour debut        New Callaway Staff Pro Danny Willett enjoyed his first outing of the 2011 season this week at the Jo’burg Open in South Africa and tour reps report that he looked to be in fine fettle. The 23-year-old Englishman finished tied for 33rd at 4-under-par. Willet said the X-Forged Irons are treating him well and added that the transition to Callaway equipment has been easy. Here’s what he had in his bag this week: RAZR Hawk Tour Driver, 9 degrees Diablo Octane Tour Fwy wood – 18 degrees RAZR X Tour 21-degree Hybrid X-Forged Irons Tour IZ Golf Ball Odyssey White Ice #7 Putter New Tour IS and TOUR IZ golf balls getting instant acceptance on Tour A whopping 11 of the 14 players using Callaway golf balls this week at the Sony Open chose to play the new 2011 version of the Tour IS and Tour IZ golf balls. Shaun Micheel and Jim Herman are playing the new Tour IS. After playing a round with Derek Lamely, Alex Cejka also switched from to the 2011 Tour IZ.

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