Eun-Hee Ji carried a mixed bag of equipment when she won the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions – let’s take a peek
Eun-Hee Ji got herself into contention early at the LPGA’s Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions with an opening round 6-under 65. She and Brooke Henderson shared the overnight lead going into the second round, and they battled through four rounds of golf for control of the TOC leaderboard.
Ji kept her game in red numbers with very consistent tee-to-green play and outstanding putting, but a fourth round that started with a pair of bogeys must have left her feeling a bit unbalanced.
Sunday conditions were far from ideal. Cold and blustery wind confounded most of the field. Ji played on, perhaps channeling that game that took her to victory at the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open.
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Her closest challengers fell behind on the back nine on Sunday. Lydia Ko put two doubles and two bogeys on her card, and that sent her tumbling down the board and our of contention. Brooke Henderson, who looked good for the win through most of the weekend, hopped on a Sunday back nine bogey train that consigned her to a T6 finish.
Ji accomplished what her competitors couldn’t. She birdied the 10th, 13th, and Aeon Risk-Reward Challenge Hole 16th, and finished the TOC at 14-under par, two stroke clear of Mirim Lee.
What did Eun-Hee Ji have in her bag at the TOC
Ji plays a Titleist Pro V1x ball and she carries a mix of TaylorMade, Mizuno, Callaway, and Titleist equipment.
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- Driver: TaylorMade M3 460, 9.5 degrees – Ji was averaging 241 yards off the tee with the twist face driver and was hitting an impressive 77% of the fairways, even under those very challenging conditions.
- 3-wood (17°) & 5-wood (18°): TaylorMade M2 – Ji is playing last year’s M2 fairway wood models – they’re obviously working for her.
- Hybrids: TaylorMade M1 (21, 24 degrees) – These two clubs have sliding weights on the sole, a feature Ji is using to great advantage.
- Irons (5-PW): Mizuno JPX 919 Tour – These carbon steel irons probably shouldn’t be the first choice for most of us. They’re precision instruments designed for a tight dispersion from off-center strikes and the perfect choice for Eun-Hee Ji’s approach shots.
- Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 (54, 58 degrees) – Ji carries only two wedges. That’s all she needs, and these forged steel Callaways are a positive complement to her Mizuno Irons.
- Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist Concept Newport 2 – Eun-Hee Ji uses an iconic blade putter. There’s nothing fancy about it, but she doesn’t need fancy. Ji averaged 28 putts per round and never went over 30 putts in a round at Tranquilo. Her putting is what got her the win.
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