It was another beautiful day out at the Waste Management Phoenix Open today, the last pro-am and practice day before competition starts tomorrow. It was also my last chance to take photos of some of the Nike Athletes (cameras aren’t allowed on the course Thursday – Sunday). I first came across George McNeill (who I incorrectly said yesterday was Vaughn Taylor, sorry George) on the putting green, again in his Lunar Controls and putting with his Method putter (George is under contract with Nike for footwear and putter). Next I got some shots of Carl Pettersen and Kevin Chappel, who between practice putts were chatting, and Kevin even gave Carl’s long putter a try. Note Kevin’s sharp apparel combination including bright green polo, plaid pants and black/green lunar controls, topped off with a black Nike flat brim.
I was able to get some decent pics of Carl’s and Kevin’s bags, and it looks like Carl might be gaming a VR_S fairway wood and a couple of VR_S hybrids this week. Kevin looks to have a couple of VR Pro LE Fairway Woods in the bag, I couldn’t tell what driver he’s gaming, but I love his putter cover with the large embroidered swoosh. Both players look to be gaming the VR Pro Combo irons and Nike wedges, and Kevin looks to be gaming the Method putter.
I then found Jamie Lovemark hitting full shots at the back end of the short game area. After that Kevin Chappell headed over to the short game area to get in some practice with the wedges. I didn’t see any of the Nike athletes on the range, only Stewart Cink’s bag sitting alone at a hitting station with neither player nor caddy anywhere in sight.
After that I headed back to the putting green where I caught up with Nike-sponsored instructor Brian Mogg. We chatted a bit and talked about the new Method Core Drone and Method Concept putters. A Ping-sponsored athlete came over (I don’t know who it was) who was obviously interested in checking out the Method, and he and Brian talked for a bit. Then Brian gave the Method Core Drone belly putter a few rolls. It was good to see Brian again and I hope to catch up with him again at the Accenture Match Play Championship down in Tucson in a couple of weeks.
The forecast is calling for Chamber of Commerce weather for the next four days, so conditions should be ripe for scoring. I’ll be out at the tourney tomorrow and Friday, not sure about the weekend, but I’m hoping come Sunday afternoon we’ll see a Nike Athlete at the top of the leaderboard challenging for the win.