South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen claimed his first PGA Tour win at the Barracuda Championship on Sunday. Here is the equipment he used to emerge victorious in California.
WINNING SCORE: 50 modified stableford points.
DRIVER: Callaway Epic Flash with 9° loft, fitted with Mitsubishi Chemical Diamana DF 70 TX shaft.
3-WOOD: Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond with 15° loft, with Mitsubishi Chemical Diamana DF 80 TX shaft.
IRONS: TX-Forged UT (2-iron), Callaway Apex TCB (4-iron) and Callaway Apex MB18 (5-iron to Pitching Wedge), with Graphite Design Tour AD DI-95X Hybrid (2) and KBS Tour V 120 X (4-PW) shafts.
WEDGES: Callaway JAWS MD5 (50°-10° S, 54°-10° S & 58°-08° C), with KBS Tour V 120 X shafts.
PUTTER: Odyssey Toulon San Diego.
BALL: Titleist Pro V1.
- The 31-year-old completes a good weekend for Callaway drivers on the PGA Tour, van Rooyen joining Abraham Ancer as first time Tour winners with one of the company’s drivers in play. Van Rooyen continues to opt for the older model Epic Flash driver, while he has recently upgraded to the Epic Speed Triple Diamond 3-wood. The Triple Diamond models of drives and fairways proving extremely popular on Tour of late, with players like Jon Rahm and Xander Schauffele also using the refined spin characteristic version to achieve success.
- It was an improvement in ball striking this week that helped van Rooyen win for the first time on the world’s biggest stage. Like so many other players on Tour, he has put Callaway’s popular TCB in play, but only carries a 4-iron, with the rest of his set made-up of the older model Apex blade irons, which have stronger lofts than standard. The recent first-time father rounds out his irons with another older model, the Apex UT from 2018, which is fitted with one of the very popular Graphite Design range of shafts.
- Occasionally experimenting with mallet options, van Rooyen’s Toulon Design putter is a fairly traditional blade putter model. And like Ancer, his flatstick is fitted with Odyssey’s multi-material Stroke Lab shaft.
Titleist golf balls continue a strong run on the PGA Tour with van Rooyen’s win the 24th of 2021, while he was also part of a clean sweep of the Women’s Olympics, European Tour, WGC and PGA Tour for the brand’s Pro V1 and Pro V1x this past weekend.
QUOTE: “In my mind, kind of the next step for what I wanted to achieve. I've got big dreams and aspirations, and winning on the PGA Tour was certainly part of that. I'm really, really happy.” – Erik van Rooyen.
- Club images courtesy of Johnny Wunder, Callaway Golf.