Top-five finishes on both major tours highlighted a strong week in professional golf by Callaway stars.
On the PGA Tour, Sam Burns continued his hot start to 2024 with his third consecutive top 10. Following a T6 at the American Express in the California desert a 10th placing at last week’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am, the Louisiana native bagged a share of third at the WM Phoenix Open.
Burns started well on Sunday’s final round at TPC Scottsdale, making the turn at two under 33. He then lit up the back nine from the 10th hole with birdies at Nos. 10 and 11. After a perfect tee shot with his Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond at the 570-yard, par-5 13th, Burns ripped his Paradym Triple Diamond T (16 degrees) fairway wood from 267 yards to 18 feet. He drained the eagle putt to get within a shot of the lead.
The five-time PGA Tour winner and Ryder Cup player was unable to sustain that momentum through the later stages of the back nine, including failing to birdie the short, par-4 17th. But a birdie at the par-4 18th helped the world No.20 shoot a final round seven-under 64 to finish at 18 under par. He was only three shots shy of an eventual playoff at the WM Phoenix Open. Canada’s Nick Taylor defeated veteran Charley Hoffman at the second extra hole.
Burns said the cold, windy conditions were tough but was pleased with grinding out a top-three result.
“Usually you come [to TPC Scottsdale] thinking it’s going to be 75 and sunny and you get a little wind, and the golf course is firm and fast,” Burns said after his 64. “It was an endurance test. A lot of good signs this week in my game, it’s felt nice to get the year off to a good start.”
Burns will next tee up at the Genesis Invitational at Los Angeles’ famed Riviera Country Club later this week.
“[Riviera] is always a fun week, it’s such an amazing golf course and venue. I think I need to clean up my iron play a little bit. I drove it really well, gave myself a lot of chances, just wasn’t as sharp as I would have liked to have been with my irons and wedges. A few days to kind of clean that up, and I look forward to playing Riviera.”
Sam Burns: What’s In The Bag
Driver: Paradym Triple Diamond S (10 degrees)
3-wood: Paradym Triple Diamond T (16 degrees)
Hybrid: Apex UW (21 degrees)
Irons: Callaway Apex TCB ’24 (4-AW)
Putter: Odyssey Ai-One #7S
Ball: Chrome Tour X
On the DP World Tour, Callaway golf ambassador Tom McKibbin finished solo fourth at the Qatar Masters. The 21-year-old secured his fourth consecutive top 25 result of the year with a final round of two-under 70 to finish at 11 under. He was only three shots off winner, Rikuya Hoshino. McKibbin, who hails from Holywood Golf Club in Northern Ireland, the same home course as Rory McIlroy, secured his first top 10 of the DP World Tour season.
Tom McKibbin: What’s In The Bag
Driver: Paradym Ai Smoke TD Max 8.5
Fairways: Paradym Ai Smoke TD 16.5°
Irons: Rogue ST 3 and Prototype 4-P
Wedges: JAWS Raw wedges (50°, 54°, and 58°)
Putter: Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K DW
Ball: Chrome Tour X