You're the number one driver accuracy driver on the PGA Tour?
What do you got there?
So this is Callaway's great Big Bertha head.
This is, I think this is the same head that Pat Perez--
--plays with. It's older, really good looking model.
Yeah, they used to have the great Big Bertha back in the day, and they brought it back, I guess probably around a year and a half ago. But, it's just been a driver that's just set very comfortable for me.
This has got around eight degrees of loft on it, which is--
Do you change-- do you change any of the gadgets?
A little bit. Not much. I mean, like I said, I like everything to look a little open to square for me. So if it gets-- if it's a little shut looking, like with a lot of loft, I open it up. Or, we just go to something else. Yeah.
What's in that?
So this is a new Fujikura shaft. It's called Platinum Speeder. The Speeder family's been around forever, the Fujikura. But this is a platinum. The rep brought this to me in Charlotte, the week before the players, and so--
And what are you-- what are you looking for? Because you're a straight driver. You-- I've already deter-- we've already determined that you're into the numbers. And you're not worried about trying to smash it.
You're not worried about tons of speed. Like, so many people get so distracted by what they think they should be doing. You're ready, I can tell just from talking to you, that you're not interested in any of that.
Yeah, you know, I went through that for a while on tour. And I struggled. I was always chasing distance and everything. And Dean Teykl who works for Callaway, took me out one day and said, we're going to do a little test. We're-- you know, I hit my tee shot. And then he went 10 yards forward and dropped one. And he's like, let's see if you score any better. And there was a zero difference from 10 yards further.
So you did an experiment where you hit your driver, and then they added-- they put your ball another 10--
They just dropped another one 10 yards forward, just said, hey, if you want to pick--
And see what you shot?
Yeah. And there was zero difference. And so, I mean, I was a guy always looking for more yards.
Yeah. Looking for anything.
There's been a lot of guys, by the way, that that's ruined their games.
For sure. And you know, I just-- he sat me down, and I have to give him a lot of credit. Just said, hey, play to your strengths. I mean, I hit a lot of fairways. There's no reason to--
You hit the most of anyone on tour.
Yeah. I mean. And, when you hit a lot of fairways, I mean, you're going to hit a lot of greens, you're going to have a lot of birdie putts. And I think that's why I'm starting to come--
Is this something that's changed in you?
For sure. In the last two years. And I think it's why my game has become so much more consistent this year.
Because people will know this because of our-- when we show the champion-- You were the US Amateur Champion. When you went to SMU. You also won the Publics Championship. So, that's kind of a rare combo. Because the Public Championship represents the public golfer. You came from Dallas--
Yup. Now, yeah a small town in Dallas.
And then for you to win the Public links, which is really an accessible event, like everyone can go play the public. But the US Amateur is a little-- that's different. It's a more exclusive, kind of, more expensive trip.
Yeah. I mean, it's the biggest amateur event in the world. Best field you'll ever play against.
Where did you win the Amateur at?
I won at Olympic Club in San Francisco.
And who'd you beat in the final?
Michael Thompson, who plays on tour now.
Yeah, and you know, I mean, I had a great amateur career. And came out thinking things would kind of be kind of easy on tour. And they weren't. I got slapped around a little bit for a while. You know--
Like we all do.
Yeah, you know, it's a learning curve. I tell everybody, everybody matures and gets comfortable on tour at different times. And it took me a little longer. And I'm finally at a spot now where I feel really comfortable out there.
You've had a great season so far. We're-- right now, we're in the middle of August. You've just finished the last major. You're sitting-- how many points do you have?
I'm 50th on the FedEx.
50th on the FedEx. That's a lot of money. Like, way over a million. And you had a-- you kind of peaked-- not peaked. You haven't peaked yet. But, you-- Player's Championship, you and I were talking quite a bit. You were second? Third?
I finished third.
Third. And right before that, you were-- right after that, you were--
I finished fourth the next week. At the Byron Nelson. And then third a couple weeks later at Reno Tahoe.
Just went on a nice little four or five week stretch.
600, 700? Right in there?
A little more.