TOUR REPORT — Dell Technologies Championship
We’re down to 100. The second leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs takes a consolidated PGA TOUR field to TPC Boston as players fight for position, hoping to make it to the BMW Championship (field of 70) and ultimately the TOUR Championship (field of 30).
TPC Boston is revered my many Tour athletes as one of their favorite stops of the year. It presents a beautiful and challenging venue with a design that features raw, natural elements and stresses accuracy throughout the round. Around the course, missing the fairway is made even more daunting with intricate bunkering, rugged terrain, and rock formations awaiting errant shots. And even if you hit the fairway, course contours encourage significant run-out, which can send good shots into nasty situations.
Avoid the bunkers on the 18th hole at TPC Boston
Leading the FedExCup charge after his dramatic playoff victory last week is World No. 1, Dustin Johnson. Not far off his pace is fellow TaylorMade staffer Jon Rahm (5th) as well as Justin Rose (24th), Xander Schauffele (27th), Jason Day (29th), and Sergio Garcia (30th). And with Rory McIlroy and Si Woo Kim within the 70-player cut for the BMW Championship, the rest of the FedExCup Playoffs are shaping up to be a star-studded showdown.
By the playoffs, most players have locked in their equipment setup outside of the occasional tweak or two. However, with the recent launch of TaylorMade’s new P790 irons, many Tour players are working new P790 long irons into their bags.
P790 long iron in Jon Rahm's bag for testing
Below are some golf equipment highlights from the practice rounds at TPC Boston:
JUSTIN ROSE had a brand-new set of P730 irons built up to his specs (below) on the TaylorMade Tour Truck. Currently, he has a set of prototype irons in play, but he will soon swap them out for the fully forged P730 “Rose Proto” irons, which will be identical to the retail P730 irons that are soon to hit stores.
Prepping Rose's new P730 irons on the Tour Truck
RORY MCILROY also recently swapped out his “Rors Proto” irons for the forged P730 irons as well.
JON RAHM was experimenting with a new P790 3-iron that he plans to replace his current UDI. Rahm mentioned that he loves the look and feel, but just needs a little more time with it before committing to the switch.
JASON DAY was the first to put his P790 long iron in play back at the WGC-Bridgestone. A frequent user of long irons off the tee, expect Day’s P790 see some action at TPC Boston on shorter par 4s, including the 17th.
Day finds the center of the fairway with P790 during on the par-4 17th during Thursday's Pro-Am
XANDER SCHAUFFELE has been raving about his P790 2-iron since he put it in play around the same time as Jason. This week, he requested to adjust the lie angle a bit more upright to help him work the ball from right-to-left.
CHEZ REAVIEwas one of the first players to request a full set of P790 irons for testing. He had them out on the range at TPC Boston and will be working them into his bag over the coming weeks. Reavie’s reviews of the irons were glowing. He immediately noticed significant distance increases AND higher ball flight compared to his current PSi irons. “They are going really far, but they aren’t coming off the face like a bullet. I’m seeing a nice, ‘high and soft’ ball flight with super consistent distances… next time I play with DJ, I’ll be hitting the same irons into greens!”
Reavie's full set (3-PW) of P790 irons out for testing on the range
Stay tuned this weekend and Team TaylorMade makes a playoff push at TPC Boston, and keep watching throughout the rest of the FedExCup Playoffs to see who comes away with the coveted trophy—and the even more coveted $10M championship prize that comes with it.