Making his first appearance at the event, NFL quarterback Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills was wearing custom stamped “QB1” TaylorMade Hi-Toe wedges; QB1 is a common name for the starting quarterback of an American football team.
MLB right fielder Mookie Betts also got in on the custom stamp fun, with the number 50 dancing on the back of his Titleist Vokey SM8 wedges. Betts also wears number 50 on the back of his Los Angeles Dodgers baseball jersey when he’s at his job.
Not to be outdone, country singer Jake Owen, who is good friends with PGA TOUR player Rickie Fowler, used a set of copper-finished Cobra RF Rev33 blade irons and a custom Scotty Cameron putter with the title of his hit song “Beachin'” printed on the sole.
See what the other country celebs wore to Pebble Beach here.
Tom Hoge’s custom putter has an incredible backstory
Another great piece of gear to come out of Pebble Beach this year was champion Tom Hoge’s custom putter, and the multi-faceted story of how it got into the bag.
In short, Hoge’s caddy, Henry Diana Jr., was a former professional golfer in the mid-1990s. At the time, Diana Jr. used a David Pelz 3-ball putter, but his father, who was a toolmaker and dies, built him a 2-ball putter to solve his son’s alignment problem on the greens. This was before the famous 2-ball Odyssey putter existed.
Hoge had alignment issues similar to Diana Jr. in early 2022, and was looking for a putter. Hoge’s caddy, Diana Jr., sneaked up on Odyssey Tour representative Joe Toulon with the idea of making Hoge a custom 2-ball Odyssey putter to help him out.
Ultimately, Toulon and his team created an Odyssey White Hot 2-ball putter, built exactly to Hoge’s preferences, and it was unveiled at Pebble Beach just a few days before the start of competition on Thursday.
Hoge decided to put the new custom putter into play, and holed a 20-foot birdie putt on the 71st hole en route to his first PGA Tour win.
Following the event, GolfWRX spoke with Diana Jr. to know the full story.
“My father was a handyman and he was always farsighted in many ways and had great ideas,” Diana Jr. told GolfWRX. “Pelz was obviously the pioneer of it, and then [my father] he modified it, and then Odyssey obviously came out with it. But it really worked…it’s amazing how it came full circle.”
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