Playing in his first start as an official member of the Callaway Tour Staff, 2018 Open Champion Francesco Molinari captured the Arnold Palmer Invitational in stunning fashion, turning in a sensational 8-under 64 in the final round for a two-shot victory.
“My first week as a Callaway player, so happy to see that the switch I made wasn’t as crazy as some people thought,” he said after his round. “I know the clubs are good for me and I showed it this week.”
Molinari started the final round four shots back but rode an absolute red hot putter to his third PGA TOUR victory. Using his Odyssey Toulon Madison putter (with Stroke Lab) and Chrome Soft X ball, Molinari rolled in 146 feet of putts, including that dramatic bender on the 72nd hole. “Today was probably the best putting round of my career,” he said in his post-round interview.
Driver: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero, 9 degrees, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 70 shaft
Francesco has been playing the driver all this year. This week Francesco said: “The ball speed gains that I’m getting from the driver are unbelievable.”
3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero, 13.5 degrees, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 80
Utility: Callaway Apex Pro, 19 degrees, Mitsubishi Tensei
This is the exact club Molinari used to record an ace on the 203-yard par 3 7th hole on Thursday. These are Callaway’s first-ever players irons with Face Cup Technology.
Irons: Callaway Apex Pro (4-iron), Callaway Apex MB (5-PW), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4, 50°, 56° and 60°, True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (50 and 56), Nippon N.S. Pro prototype (60 degrees)
Putter: Odyssey Toulon Design Madison Stroke Lab
Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X “diamond” prototype
“This golf ball is the best one that I’ve ever played. The performance from tee-to-green, especially the feel and control, is exactly what I want.”