Shades of Lefty, Bryson: European Tour professional shoots 68 with two drivers in his bag
Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau aren’t within the Center East this week, however one skilled golfer took a web page out of each gamers’ books in Wednesday’s opening spherical of the Golf in Dubai Championship.
England’s Callum Shinkwin carried two completely different drivers in his bag, his unusual setup additionally together with a 3-wood and three wedges, in a transfer that likened to Mickelson’s technique in profitable the 2006 BellSouth Basic. (Mickelson most just lately competed with two drivers finally yr’s Memorial Event.) Shinkwin’s drivers had been each Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero fashions, however featured completely different lofts and shaft lengths. One of many shafts was 48 inches lengthy, a size that DeChambeau has experimented with however hasn’t truly put into play but.
Shinkwin’s choice paid off, too, as he ranked second within the subject by averaging 328.5 yards off the tee within the first spherical. He additionally shot 4-under 68.
His enjoying competitor, Eddie Pepperell, offered this optimistic assessment afterward by way of Twitter: “He was out driving me by 30 yards with the quick one and 50 yards with the lengthy one.”
It is unknown if Shinkwin has performed two drivers earlier than, however he picked up his first European Tour victory final month in Cyprus whereas utilizing just one. Based mostly on his setup there, Shinkwin determined to switch his 3-iron with the additional driver whereas holding his 21-degree iron within the bag.
Shinkwin’s different enjoying competitor on Wednesday, Andy Sullivan, shot 61 and leads by two photographs.