Wedge shot to inside six inches on the first play-off hole against fellow Staff Professional Branden Grace earns Mickelson tap-in victory and gives Callaway a stunning 1-2
Callaway Staffer Phil Mickelson gave a Mack Daddy 2 ‘wedgeducation’ on the first play-off hole of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, hitting his approach to inside six inches for a tap-in birdie to claim victory over fellow Staff Professional, South African Branden Grace, who also put the company’s new FT Optiforce 440cc Driver straight into play.
Both players had tied at 17-under par in regulation play, but it was Mickelson who came out on top in the play-off, thanks to a stunning wedge shot into the 18th green at the Castle Stuart Golf Links, near Inverness. The victory not only marked Phil’s first individual victory on British soil but also his first in Europe.
To set up the all-Callaway play-off (both Staff Professionals using a full complement of Callaway and Odyssey products) four-time major winner Mickelson shot rounds of 66, 70, 66 and 69, whereas Grace, a four-time winner on the European Tour, carded 71, 65, 66 and 69. Mickelson’s play-off victory earned him €579,080 with Branden picking up €386,049.
Commenting on his win, just four days before the start of The Open Championship at Muirfield, Phil said: “This is really cool. I have been coming here for some time and had some opportunities and I almost let it slip away today. To come out on top was terrific.”
Neil Howie, President and Managing Director of Callaway EMEA, added: “Our staffers have been giving us amazing feedback on the Mack Daddy 2 Wedges and the FT Optiforce Driver, so it was great to see Phil and Branden benefit from them this week.
Both players are firing on all cylinders going into this week’s Open Championship at Muirfield and we can’t wait to see how our staffers including defending Open Champion, Ernie Els, fare over the coming days.”
The Callaway and Odyssey equipment in Phil and Branden’s bag:
What’s in the Bag – Phil Mickelson
Callaway X Hot Pro Phrankenwood
Callaway X Hot Pro Deep
Callaway X Forged 13
Callaway X JAWS 56 deg
Callaway Forged 60 deg
Callaway Mack Daddy 2 64 deg
Odyssey Versa #9 WBW
Callaway HEX Chrome + golf ball
What’s in the Bag – Branden Grace
Callaway FT Optiforce 440cc
Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme
Callaway Diablo Edge Tour
Callaway X Forged 13
Callaway X Forged 52 and 60 deg
Odyssey Versa #1 Wide
Callaway HEX Black Tour golf ball
For specific information regarding Callaway products, please visit www.callawaygolf.com
For more information about Odyssey’s line of putters, please visit www.odysseygolf.com