July 28 2013
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
It's rare that you see a golfer change something in his bag with the 54-hole lead, but that's exactly what happened on Sunday at the RBC Canadian Open, when Brandt Snedeker swapped his TaylorMade SLDR prototype driver and went back to old faithful -- a TaylorMade Burner SuperFast he's been using for years.
While the driver switch didn't produce another 63 -- Snedeker shot 9-under 63 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead going into the final round -- it was good enough for a 2-under 70 and a three-shot win at Glen Abbey Golf Club.
It's unclear why Snedeker went back to his old driver after 54 holes, but a lack of fairways hit on the back nine during the third round could have played a role.
Snedeker opened the round hitting 4 of 7 fairways on Saturday to go out in 6-under 29; however, the back nine was a different story, as Snedeker hit only one fairway to come home in 3-under 34.
Snedeker put SLDR in play last week at the British Open and had been using it until Sunday's final round.
Brandt Snedeker's bag:
Driver: TaylorMade SLDR prototype (Fujikura Motore VC 7.2 X-flex), 8.5 degrees (Thursday-Saturday); TaylorMade Burner SuperFast (Fujikura Motore Speeder 8.0 shaft), 8.5 degrees
3-wood: Tour Edge Exotics CB4 Tour (Fujikura Motore Speeder 8.1 shaft), 13 degrees
Hybrid: Ping Anser (Aldila Tour Blue shaft), 20 degrees
Irons (4-PW): Bridgestone J40 Cavity Back (Aerotech SteelFiber i95 shafts)
Wedges: Bridgestone J40 Black Oxide (52, 56 degrees; True Temper Gold Series 95 shafts); Titleist Vokey Design TVD prototype (60 degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue shaft)
Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG Rossie
Ball: Bridgestone B330