Last year at Royal Birkdale, Chris Wood, then an amateur, thrilled the crowds and nearly won the claret jug. After finishing fifth, Wood turned pro and earned his European Tour card in November 2008.
Now 20, he is yet another player who has chosen to go with cavity-back long irons and muscle-back mid- and short irons. Other players who employ the same strategy include Paul Casey, Geoff Ogilvy and Phil Mickelson.
Earlier this season, Wood used a putter cover designed with yellow submarines, an homage to The Beatles. (Click on the photo for a better look.) However, at Turnberry, Wood is using the Scotty Cameron 2009 British Open commemorative headcover we wrote about earlier in the week. It is adorned with red scooters covered with Union Jacks.
Although Wood doesn't wear a hat (would one fit over that hair?), his bag at Turnberry is nearly full of Titleist equipment. Below is a list of his clubs at the 2009 British Open.
DRIVER: Titleist 909 D3 (8.5°) with Mitsubishi Diamana 73 X Shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Taylor Made R9 (15°) with Mitsubishi Diamana 83 X shaft
IRONS: Titleist 735 (2-3), ZM (4-PW) with Royal Precision Rifle 7 X shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design prototype (53°, 60°) with Royal Precision Rifle 7 shafts
PUTTER: Titleist Scotty Cameron Studio Design Newport 1.5
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x
(Photo: Wood/GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images; Bag/Titleist European Tour blog)