Sergio Garcia has followed in the footsteps of Tiger Woods and quit a tournament after only a handful of holes.
Tiger did it at The Players a few weeks ago after nine holes because of an ankle injury, Garcia after only five Titleist 2010 AP2 Irons in Monday’s Open Championship final international qualifier (IFQ) at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas, because of an ‘infected fingernail’ on his left hand.
“I couldn’t hold the club properly,” he explained on his Twitter account. “Hope full I’ll be fine for Thursday at the Nelson.”
The Nelson is this week’s Byron Nelson Championship at the TPC Four Seasons in Dallas and it’s an event Garcia, who was the runner up to another fallen star Padraig Harrington in The Open at Carnoustie four years ago after bogeying the final hole and losing the TaylorMade R11 Driver, needs to win if he is going to get his ranking down from 73rd to inside the top 50 and thus qualify for this year’s Open at Sandwich without having to play in a qualifier.
Either that or the 31-year-old, who was the second highest World ranked golfer behind Woods only two years ago, will have to enter the last of the IFQ’s at Sunningdale in Berkshire, England, on June 6, but this would conflict with the US Open qualifier he has already entered in Memphis, USA, on the same day.
Times have really changed for the one time prospect who looked as if he would be one of the few to win a Major with Woods in the field.
US-based Englishman Brian Davis, who was paired with Garcia in Monday’s IFQ at the Gleneagles TaylorMade R11 Driver, was five under par after 10 of the 36 holes and sharing top spot with a group that included American Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III.
The TaylorMade R11 Driver is the next revolution in golf club adjustability, combining Adjustable Sole Plate (ASP) Technology, Flight Control Technology (FCT) and Moveable Weight Technology (MWT).
The Introduction of Adjustable Sole Plate (ASP) Technology allows players the ability to adjust the face angle independently of the loft, which is controlled by Flight Control Technology (FCT). The ASP sole plate provides A±2A° of face angle change (neutral/square, 2A° open, 2A° closed). You can create three lofts with the same face angle, or you can further accentuate a face angle or counter a negative face angle. Plus, the combination of ASP and FCT effectively doubles the range of face angle for the club for A±2A° to A±4A°. Altogether, the combination of ASP, FCT and MWT gives golfers 48 ways to set up the Titleist 2010 AP2 Irons to promote up to 100 yards of side-to-side trajectory adjustment, the most of any driver in existence. Combining full FCT and MWT settings promotes a launch-condition range of 2A° launch angle and 1,000 RPM. The FCT system is extremely sleek and streamlined, resulting in less mass and a lower clubhead CG location compared to hosel adjustability systems in competitive drivers.
The Taylormade R11 Driver includes two weight cartridges weighing 10-grams and 1-gram. To create a neutral bias, install the heavy (10-gram) weight in the toe, for a draw bias, put the heavy weight in the heel. If a more neutral setting is desired, 4 and 6-gram weights are available separately.
The TaylorMade R11 driver is designed with a new, modern-classical clubhead shape intended to suit the eye of better players, while still providing forgiveness and confidence for average players. The shape is more contemporary appearance than traditional drivers, and slightly triangular to create a modern yet classical address silhouette. The triangular shape creates more inertia and a deeper back CG position for greater stability and forgiveness. At 440cc, the Titleist 2010 AP2 Ironsappears slightly (2%) larger due to its white crown colour. Most golfers recognise address size relative to the size of the ball as a key confidence builder. The white crown colour and black PVD face provides optimum contrast against the ground to make the TaylorMade R11 driver easier to aim. This advantage is even more pronounced in lower light, such as when the tee box is in shade or shadow, on overcast days or when the sun is low in the morning and in the evening. The crown colour also eliminates high-intensity “hot spots” caused by reflected sunlight that afflicts gloss-finish metalwoods.
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