TaylorMade and Ashworth Golf staff professional Justin Rose pointed heavenward after tapping in for par on the 72nd hole at Merion on Sunday, a salute to his father after posting a one-over par 281 that earned him the U.S. Open Championship, his first Major title at the age of 32.
Rose’s bag included an R1 driver, RocketBladez Stage 2 Tour 3-wood, a combination set of RocketBladez Tour and Tour Preferred MB irons and three ATV wedges. Rose also became the first player to win a Major championship with TaylorMade’s LETHAL ball.
Down the stretch Rose hit two critical iron shots, his tee shot on the 229-yard par-three 17th, with a RocketBladez Tour 6-iron, and his 240-yard approach on the long par-four 18th, with a RocketBladez 4-iron.
Rose also used a 37-inch counterbalanced Spider Blade putter featuring a short-slant hosel, which helped him master the fast and tricky greens at Merion.
Rose, who wears Ashworth Golf apparel, also wore one-of-a-kind Ashworth Golf Cardiff footwear featuring his initials (JR) and his children’s names (Leo and Lottie) on the heel patch, in celebration of Father’s Day.
The win was the 20th worldwide victory for TaylorMade’s R1, the most adjustable driver TaylorMade has ever created. Last week, the company introduced the R1 Black, which will be available at retail on 1st July.
Fellow TaylorMade Staff player Jason Day continued his superb play in the Majors with a T2, +3 finish.
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