Winner's Bag: Justin Thomas, SBS Tournament of Champions
January 08, 2017
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Justin Thomas made the most of his 9.5-degree Titleist 917D3 driver recording a 408-yard drive on Sunday. (Charlie Kane/PGA TOUR)
Less than three months after he found the winner's circle for the second consecutive year in Malaysia, Justin Thomas opened 2017 with a dominant performance at the SBS Tournament of Champions, besting the field by three shots with a final-round 69.
Thomas was clinical from tee-to-green, but it was his 9.5-degree Titleist 917D3 driver that proved to be the difference-maker. Thomas recorded the second longest driver of the tournament (408 yards) during the final round while finishing T3 in strokes gained: off-the-tee (plus 4.896) and driving distance (301.7 yards).
The 440cc 917D3 has a Tour-inspired pear profile and a deeper face than 917D2. The driver has a high-gloss, metallic grey paint on the crown and a SureFit CG cartridge that's featured prominently in the heel and toe of the sole, similar to what was recently introduced with the C16 driver.
The SureFitC CG system allows the center of gravity to be altered to produce a fade or draw, via a cylindrical cartridge that's inserted diagonally from the low-heel area and high-toe section.
Thomas made one adjustment to the driver during the winter break, swapping Mitsubishi Rayon's Diamana White Board 73X shaft for the company's Diamana BF-Series.
The BF is a smooth bend profile that incorporates a high-strength Dialead pitch fiber into the butt section for improved strength and control during the swing. A hybrid prepreg comprised of boron fiber and a new MR70 carbon fiber was also added to the tip section to stabilize and strengthen the lower portion at impact.
Here's a look at the rest of the Titleist equipment in Thomas' bag.
Driver: Titleist 917D3 (Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana BF 60TX shaft), 9.5 degrees
3-wood: Titleist 917F3 (Mitsubishi Rayon S+ Limited Edition 80TX shaft), 15 degrees
5-wood: Titleist 915Fd (Fujikura Motore Speeder VC7.2 X shaft), 18 degrees
Irons: Titleist 716MB (4-9; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM6 (46-10F degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft), Titleist Vokey SM5 (52-12F and 56-14F degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts), Titleist Vokey SM6 (60K degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shaft)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Futura X5 Flow Neck Prototype
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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