What was in his bag at the Arnold Palmer Invitational
March 20, 2016
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Jason Day reacts after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational Sunday at Bay Hill. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Jason Day secured his 8th PGA TOUR title with a final-round 70 that included a birdie and a clutch par save from the bunker on the final two holes to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard.
Day's up-and-down from greenside bunker on the 72nd hole proved to be the deciding moment of the tournament, but his short game magic would have been for naught had it not been for a birdie on the penultimate hole.
One shot back of Kevin Chappell, Day threaded his tee shot on the 17th to within 12 feet of the hole, where he used his TaylorMade Ghost Spider Itsy Bitsy Prototype putter to convert the must-make birdie.
The mallet putter has been a mainstay in Day's bag since the 2014 Barclays and has a custom dark finish and no alignment line — two things the Aussie prefers. According to Day, the decision to go back to Ghost Spider Itsy Bitsy came down to his ability to see the line from the ball to the hole.
"The main reason I went back to Itsy Bitsy was because the mallet putter I was using had a line on top and, for whatever reason, I couldn't quite see the line anymore," Day told PGATOUR.COM in 2014. "Normally when I'm over the putt I can see the line from the ball to the hole. Well, I couldn't see it rolling and tracking, and that's how I've always read putts."
The putter has played a part in six of Day's PGA TOUR victories. At Bay Hill, he ranked 5th in strokes gained putting (plus 5.459) and putts per GIR (1.587) while topping the field in strokes gained total (plus 14.853).
Here's a look at the rest of the TaylorMade equipment in Day's bag.
Driver: TaylorMade M1 460 (Mitsubishi Rayon KuroKage Silver TiNi 70X shaft), 10.5 degrees
3-wood: TaylorMade AeroBurner TP (Mitsubishi Rayon KuroKage Silver TiNi 80X shaft), 16.5 degrees*
Irons: TaylorMade RSi TP (3-PW; True Temper Dynamic Gold X7 shafts)
Wedges: TaylorMade Tour Preferred EF Tour Grind (47 degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shaft) , TaylorMade Tour Preferred ATV Grind (52 and 58 degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts)
Putter: TaylorMade Ghost Spider Itsy Bitsy Prototype
Ball: TaylorMade Tour Preferred X
*- Plays to 14.5 degrees.