Wells Fargo Championship
May 17, 2015
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- For the week, Rory McIlroy carded 27 birdies, four bogeys, and a double bogey at Quail Hollow for his 11th TOUR victory. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy coasted to a seven-shot win at the Well Fargo Championship, breaking the course record (11-under 61) and the record for largest margin of victory, which was once held by Anthony Kim (five strokes).
The four-time major used his Nike Vapor Pro (Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Blue S+ 70TX shaft) driver and Nike VR Pro Blade (Royal Precision Project X 7.0 shafts) irons to separate himself from the competition at Quail Hollow.
McIlroy led the field in driving distance for the week, averaging 321.1 yards off the tee with a driver he put in play for the first time at the 2014 Ryder Cup.
When McIlroy switched to Vapor Pro, he also transitioned into Mitsubishi Rayon's Diamana Blue S+ shaft that features the company's M.D.I. Technology and progressive torque — two staples of MRC's first +PLUS series shaft — and two new additions in an adaptive balance point and Tough-Qure resin system that produces a stiffer overall feel that's especially beneficial to the tip section
"It's really important," McIlroy said of the importance of finding the correct driver/shaft combination. "It has a lot to do with how the ball reacts coming off the face, launch angle, spin rate, the way the ball is curving in the air — it has a lot to do with it."
As for the driver, McIlroy played a major role in the design process of Vapor Pro — a 460cc model that has a pear-shaped profile similar to VRS Covert 2.0 Tour. Aside from the head shape feedback, McIlroy requested more stability and speed in the new head.
To achieve the combination McIlroy was looking for, Nike engineers blended two key technologies — Nike's FlyBeam reinforced Covert Cavity Back design, and a re-engineered Compression Channel — from recent driver offerings to generate increased ball speeds and stability.
McIlroy also led the field in strokes gained tee to green (plus-16.870) and finished T-2 in greens in regulation (77.78 percent) and T-3 in proximity to the hole (33.1 feet) with a set of VR Pro Blade irons have been in his bag since joining the Swoosh in 2013.
The traditional muscleback blades are forged from a soft 1025 carbon steel and have been used for years by a number of notable Nike athletes including Tiger Woods, who used the irons before switching to Nike's Vapor Pro at the 2014 Hero World Challenge.
Here's a look at the rest of the club in McIlroy's bag:
Driver: Nike Vapor Pro (Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Blue S+ 70TX shaft), 8.5 degrees
3-wood: Nike Vapor Speed (Fujikura Rombax Pro 95X shaft), 15 degrees
5-wood: Nike Vapor Speed (Fujikura Rombax Pro 95X shaft), 19 degrees
Irons: Nike VR Pro Blades (4-9; Royal Precision Project X 7.0 shafts)
Wedges: Nike VR Forged (46, 52 and 56 degrees; Royal Precision Project X 6.5 shafts), Nike Engage Dual Sole (59 degrees; Royal Precision Project X 6.5 shaft)
Putter: Nike Method 006
Ball: Nike RZN Black