Sergio Garcia closed out 2017 as an equipment free agent. When the calendar turns to 2018, the reigning Masters champion should be unveiled as the newest member of Callaway’s Tour staff once new equipment contracts go into effect on Jan. 1.Â Garcia has remained coy about his status since he parted ways with TaylorMade after 15 years. Just last month in Italy, Garcia said he wouldÂ “probably start testing some new things and see what’s kind of out there that drives me and go from there. Then at the end of the year, we’ll make a decision and move forward.” Since the Dell Technologies Championship, Garcia has slowly added new Callaway products, including a Toulon Design putter and Callaway prototype wedge. In a surprise move, he accelerated the equipment transition process last week at the DP World Tour Championship with a new Callaway GBB Epic driver and Apex MB prototype irons that were spotted in the bag for the first time. While the driver appeared to be a stock GBB Epic head, Garcia’s irons were stamped with his personal logo on the toe.Â If that wasn’t enough evidence to confirm Garcia’s pending arrival, he also tagged Callaway’s Twitter account in a tweet that included that rest of his current sponsors, following a T4 finish in Dubai.Â Garcia and Callaway will have to wait until the beginning of the year to make things official, but it would appear his landing spot is all but assured.Â TaylorMade Hi-Toe wedge makes appearance: Dustin Johnson had equipment forums buzzing several weeks ago when he let slip he was testing a new high toe wedge from TaylorMade. Based on his glowing review, many were surprised when Johnson opted to keep the wedge in the locker and stick with his usual Milled Grind setup.Â Instead of Johnson getting to do the unveiling honors, Jon Rahm and Justin Rose became the first two staffers to break in the new wedge at the DP World Tour Championship. Based on the wedge photo posted on social media by Rose, the Milled Grind “Hi-Toe” has a distinct high toe that’s reminiscent of the classic Ping Eye 2 and, more recently, Callaway’s Mack Daddy PM Grind popularized by Phil Mickelson.Â The three openings in the back of the head likely remove weight that’s repositioned in the toe, shifting the center of gravity even higher in the head for open-face shots.Â Cook stretches fairway wood:Â The rise in popularity of larger-headed fairway woods has seen TOUR players embrace the technology in recent years. Austin Cook became the latest winner to have one in the bag at the RSM Classic. The TOUR rookie is one of four PING staffers using the company’s G400 Stretch 3-wood. With 13 degrees of loft, the fairway wood features a slightly larger overall head shape â€” 193cc vs. 184cc â€” for those who primarily use a fairway wood off the tee. Compared to the standard 3-wood, the CG weight was repositioned towards the back of the head to produce low-spin characteristics. For Cook, the club gives him another option to use off the tee on tight driving holes where driver isn’t necessarily the play. The club came in handy at Sea Island, where Cook won by four shots and ranked 12th in Strokes Gained: Off the tee (plus 2.325). Kirk’s strong finish sans gear contract: Along with Brooks Koepka’s nine-shot win at the Dunlop Phoenix Open, Chris Kirk put together a strong week on the course without an equipment contract. Kirk split from PXG at the beginning of the 2017-18 TOUR season to play a mixed bag of equipment.Â His T-4 finish at the RSM Classic was his best showing since a T2 at the 2016 Sanderson Farms Championship. During the fall portion of the TOUR season, Kirk made four cuts in five starts. The only noticeable change he made at Sea Island was a driver swap from Callaway’s GBB Epic to TaylorMade’s M1 2017.Â
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2017-18 Priority Ranking (as of 11/20/2017) 1. Winner of PGA Championship or U.S. Open prior to 1970 or in the last five seasons and the current season: Jack Burke, Jr. Jason Day Jason Dufner Dow Finsterwald Raymond Floyd Doug Ford Al Geiberger Don January Dustin Johnson Martin Kaymer Brooks Koepka Gene Littler Rory McIlroy Bobby Nichols Jack Nicklaus Gary Player Justin Rose Jordan Spieth Justin Thomas Lee Trevino Jimmy Walker 2. Winner of THE PLAYERS Championship in the last five seasons and the current season: Rickie Fowler Si Woo Kim Tiger Woods 3. Winners of the Masters Tournament in the last five seasons and the current season: Sergio Garcia Adam Scott Bubba Watson 4. Winners of The Open Championship in the last five seasons and the current season: Zach Johnson Phil Mickelson Henrik Stenson 5. Winners of THE TOUR Championship in the last three seasons and the current season: Xander Schauffele 6. Winners of World Golf Championships events in the last three seasons and the current season: Russell Knox Shane Lowry Hideki Matsuyama 6a. Winners of the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Memorial Tournament in the last three seasons and the current season, beginning with the 2015 winners. Matt Every Marc Leishman David Lingmerth William McGirt 7. Leader from the final FedExCup points list in each of the last five seasons: Billy Horschel 8. Leader from the final PGA TOUR money list 2013-2016: 9. Winners of PGA TOUR co-sponsored or approved tournaments, whose victories are considered official, within the last two seasons, or during the current season; winners receive an additional season of exemption for each additional win, up to five seasons: Ryan Armour Aaron Baddeley Daniel Berger Jonas Blixt Wesley Bryan Patrick Cantlay Greg Chalmers Kevin Chappell Austin Cook Bryson DeChambeau Tony Finau FabiÃ¡n GÃ³mez Branden Grace Cody Gribble Emiliano Grillo Adam Hadwin James Hahn Brian Harman Russell Henley Jim Herman Charley Hoffman Mac Hughes Billy Hurley III Smylie Kaufman Chris Kirk Kevin Kisner Patton Kizzire Matt Kuchar Peter Malnati Graeme McDowell Ryan Moore Grayson Murray Rod Pampling Pat Perez D.A. Points Jon Rahm Patrick Reed Charl Schwartzel Webb Simpson Cameron Smith Brandt Snedeker Kyle Stanley Brendan Steele Chris Stroud Brian Stuard Hudson Swafford Vaughn Taylor Jhonattan Vegas 11a. Players among the top 50 in career earnings as of the end of the preceding season may elect to use a one-time exemption for the next season: Tim Clark Retief Goosen Bo Van Pelt 11b. Players among the Top 25 in career earnings as of the end of the preceding season may elect to use this special one-time exemption for the next season. K.J. Choi Ernie Els 12. Sponsor exemptions (a maximum of eight, which may include amateurs with handicaps of 0 or less), on the following basis: A. Not less than two sponsor invitees shall be PGA TOUR members not otherwise exempt. B. Not less than two of the 2017 Top Finishers of the Web.com Tour, if not all can otherwise be accommodated. NOTE: PGA TOUR members may receive an unlimited number of sponsor invitations. Non-TOUR members may receive a maximum of seven per year. 13. Two international players designated by the Commissioner. 14. The current PGA Club Professional Champion up to 6 open events (3 must be opposite The Open Championship and World Golf Championships events), in addition to any sponsor selections. The exemption does not apply to open, limited-field events. Omar Uresti 15. PGA Section Champion or Player of the Year of the Section in which the tournament is played. 16. Four low scorers at Open Qualifying which shall normally be held on Monday of tournament week. 17. Past champions of the particular event being contested that week, if cosponsored by the PGA TOUR and the same tournament sponsor, as follows: A. Winners prior to July 28, 1970: unlimited exemptions for such events. B. Winners after Jan. 1, 2000: five seasons of exemptions for such events. 18. Life Members (who have been active members of the PGA TOUR for 15 years and have won at least 20 co-sponsored events). Davis Love III Vijay Singh 19. Top 125 on the previous seasonâ€™s FedExCup points list. Paul Casey Gary Woodland Louis Oosthuizen Bill Haas Francesco Molinari Chez Reavie Charles Howell III Lucas Glover Kevin Na Keegan Bradley Luke List Anirban Lahiri Ian Poulter Stewart Cink Scott Brown Martin Laird Jamie Lovemark Sung Kang Ollie Schniederjans Rafa Cabrera Bello Sean O’Hair Robert Streb Bud Cauley Kevin Tway Danny Lee Kelly Kraft Graham DeLaet Jason Kokrak Patrick Rodgers Morgan Hoffmann Chad Campbell Kevin Streelman C.T. Pan Whee Kim Harold Varner III Nick Taylor J.B. Holmes Camilo Villegas J.J. Spaun Scott Piercy Michael Kim Scott Stallings Byeong Hun An Martin Flores Luke Donald Richy Werenski Ryan Blaum Geoff Ogilvy Robert Garrigus Seung-Yul Noh Brian Gay Brandon Hagy Steve Stricker Derek Fathauer Tyrone Van Aswegen Harris English Dominic Bozzelli Nick Watney John Huh Blayne Barber Ben Martin Rory Sabbatini J.J. Henry 21. Players who finished greater than or equal to top 125 on the 2016-17 PGA TOUR Official Season FedExCup Points List through the Wyndham Championship as non-members: Thomas Pieters Tommy Fleetwood Tyrrell Hatton Alex Noren Ross Fisher 22. Major Medical Extension: If granted by the Commissioner, if not otherwise eligible, and if needed to fill the field, Special Medical Extension. Ryan Palmer Kevin Stadler John Senden Sangmoon Bae Freddie Jacobson Jon Curran Bob Estes Chris Couch Briny Baird Colt Knost Steve Marino Harrison Frazar Charlie Beljan John Peterson Andrew Loupe 23. Leading Money Winner from the previous seasonâ€™s Top 25 regular season players using combined money earned on the Official Web.com Tour Regular Season Money List and Web.com Tour Finals Money List. Leading Money Winner from the previous seasonâ€™s Web.com Tour Finals and Three-Time Winners from previous season Web.com Tour. Chesson Hadley 24. Leading money winner from Web.com Tour medical 25. Top 10 and ties, not otherwise exempt, among professionals from the previous open tournament whose victory has official status are exempt into the next open tournament whose victory has official status. 26. Top Finishers of the Web.com Tour: Finishers 2-25 from the previous seasonâ€™s Top 25 Web.com Tour Regular season players using combined money earned on the Web.com Tour Regular Season Money List and money earned in the Web.com Tour Finals and the top 25 players and ties on the Web.com Tour Finals Money List at the conclusion of the Finals who are not already exempt. Cejka, Alex Landry, Andrew Uihlein, Peter Duncan, Tyler Harkins, Brandon Silverman, Ben Hossler, Beau Hoge, Tom Piller, Martin Lindheim, Nicholas Randolph, Jonathan Garnett, Brice Wise, Aaron Ancer, Abraham Jaeger, Stephan Gooch, Talor Potter, Jr., Ted Stefani, Shawn Zhang, Xinjun Schenk, Adam Dahmen, Joel Oppenheim, Rob Thompson, Michael Conners, Corey Burgoon, Bronson Tringale, Cameron Tracy, Ethan Power, Seamus DÃaz, Roberto Lovelady, Tom Putnam, Andrew Stegmaier, Brett Jones, Matt Merritt, Troy Shindler, Conrad Mitchell, Keith Lashley, Nate Wheatcroft, Steve Saunders, Sam Ryder, Sam Byrd, Jonathan Griffin, Lanto Dou, Zecheng McCarthy, Denny Atkins, Matt Thompson, Kyle Yun, Andrew Collins, Chad Blanks, Kris Claxton, Will MacKenzie, Will Williams, Lee Bertsch, Shane Berganio, Jr., David Sucher, Zack Note: Reordered after the conclusion of The RSM Classic and the Genesis Open; thereafter, Mondays of the Masters, THE PLAYERS Championship, U.S. Open and The Open Championship. 27. Top Finishers from the Web.com Tour medical: NOTE: This category will be reordered with the above category #26. 28. Players winning three Web.com Tour events in the current season: 29. Minor medical extension: Padraig Harrington Andrew Johnston 30. Twenty-five finishers beyond 125th place on prior seasonâ€™s FedExCup points list (126-150): Poston, J.T. Wagner, Johnson Hearn, David Blair, Zac Mullinax, Trey Barnes, Ricky Crane, Ben Percy, Cameron Summerhays, Daniel Lamb, Rick Owen, Greg Kjeldsen, SÃ¸ren Note: Reordered after the conclusion of The RSM Classic and the Genesis Open; thereafter, Mondays of the Masters, THE PLAYERS Championship, U.S. Open and The Open Championship. 31. Nonexempt, major medical/family crisis: NOTE: This category will be reordered with the above category #30. 32. Reorder Categories 33-37 Mahan, Hunter Davis, Brian Cabrera, Ã�ngel Axley, Eric Ernst, Derek Duke, Ken McNeill, George de Jonge, Brendon Herron, Tim Appleby, Stuart Daly, John Rollins, John Note: Categories 33-37 Reordered after the conclusion of The RSM Classic and the Genesis Open; thereafter, Mondays of the Masters, THE PLAYERS Championship, U.S. Open and The Open Championship. 33. Past Champions, Team Tournament Winners and Veteran Members Beyond 150 on the FedExCup Points List: If not otherwise eligible and as needed to fill the field, Past Champion members, Team Tournament Winners and Veteran members beyond 150th place on the previous seasonâ€™s FedExCup points list in order of their combined official PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour earnings in the previous season. Furyk, Jim Weekley, Boo Gore, Jason Lunde, Bill Molder, Bryce Romero, Andres Pride, Dicky Bohn, Jason Pettersson, Carl Couples, Fred Wilson, Mark Merrick, John Allenby, Robert Yang, Y.E. Wi, Charlie Kelly, Jerry Barlow, Craig Atwal, Arjun Gainey, Tommy Chopra, Daniel Johnson, Richard Mize, Larry Bowditch, Steven Lonard, Peter Trahan, D.J. Hensby, Mark Todd, Brendon McLachlin, Parker Leonard, Justin Bradley, Michael Micheel, Shaun Matteson, Troy Funk, Fred Toms, David Petrovic, Tim Turnesa, Marc Smith, Chris Overton, Jeff Hart, Dudley Kaye, Jonathan Mattiace, Len Gamez, Robert 34. Past Champion Members: If not otherwise eligible and if needed to fill the field, Past Champion members, in order of the total number of cosponsored or approved events won, excluding Team events. If two or more players are tied, the player who is higher on the PGA TOUR Career Money List shall be eligible. 35. Special Temporary Members: If during the course of a PGA TOUR season, a nonmember of the PGA TOUR wins an amount of points (e.g., by playing in PGA TOUR events through sponsor exemptions, Open Qualifying, etc.) equal to the amount won in the preceding season by the 150th finisher on the FedExCup points list, he will be eligible to become a special temporary member for the remainder of the season. 36. Team Tournament Winners: If not otherwise eligible and if needed to fill the field, winners of co-sponsored team championships, in order of the total number of team championship tournaments won. If two or more players are tied based on the number of such tournaments won, the player who is higher on the official PGA TOUR Career Money List shall be eligible. 37. Veteran Members: If not otherwise eligible and if needed to fill the field, Veteran members (players who have made a minimum of 150 cuts during their career), in order of their standing on the PGA TOUR Career Money List.