Teeing Off

May 24, 2009

MY BAG

FOR THE SENIORPGA CHAMPIONSHIP

Jay Haas

"This weekI'll use a 17-degree hybrid instead of my 18.5-degree five-wood because thehybrid helps me keep the ball lower in the wind."

BALL Titleist ProV1

DRIVER
Titleist
905R (9.5°)

Shaft
Fujikura
Z-Com Six (S flex)

IRONS
(Four through pitching wedge)
Titleist
AP2
Shaft
True Temper
Dynamic Gold S200

PUTTER
Titleist
Scotty Cameron Studio Design

FAIRWAY METAL
Titleist
904F (15°)
Shaft
Fujikura
Speeder 757 (S flex)

HYBRIDS
Titleist
909H (17° and 21°)
Shafts
NV
Hybrid 105

WEDGES
Titleist
Vokey Design (54° and 60°)
Shaft
True Temper
Dynamic Gold S200

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THIS WEEK'S MAIN EVENT

SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

Go Green

When it comes to handicapping the Senior PGA atCanterbury Golf Club in Beachwood, Ohio, one stat seems to stand out: greens inregulation. Since 2000 all but one winner has ranked in the top 10 in GIR, andthe only outlier was 12th (John Jacobs in '03). So who's hitting greens thisyear? Number 1 is Bernhard Langer (77.22%), but a more interesting candidatemight be Dan Forsman, who's second in GIR (77.12%). Forsman earned his firstChampions victory earlier this year at the AT&T Classic (in his 12th start)and played well last week at the Regions Charity Classic, finishing 11th. Ofcourse, it would be unwise to sleep on defending champ Jay Haas. He's tied forninth in GIR.

Hard Times

Officially the Champions tour has five majors, butonly three of them feel like majors—the Senior PGA, U.S. Senior Open and SeniorBritish Open. Not coincidentally, those three events have ranked as the threehardest on tour over the last decade. That may help explain why 15 of the 47Senior PGA winners, almost one in every three, are also in the World Golf Hallof Fame.

 

PHOTOSAM GREENWOOD/GETTY IMAGES (HAAS) PHOTODAVID WALBERG (BAG AND BALL) CHARTSLIM FILMS;Compiled by Sal Johnson

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)