La Quinta, CALIF. — The TaylorMade PGA Tour truck made its 2013 debut on Monday at the Humana Challenge after players kicked off the season with the annual Hawaii swing in Maui (Hyundai Tournament of Champions) and Honolulu (Sony Open). The third week of the season brings the second full-field event of the new year – 156 players total – to PGA West in La Quinta, California, for the tournament formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic.
One of the longest standing stops on the PGA Tour, Humana and its partnership with the Clinton Foundation have helped restore a real energy to the event in the Coachella Valley and Monday proved a fast start to the week as dozens of players gathered to get some work in, both inside the practice facility and on-course.
The Monday at the Humana Challenge is one of the busiest days of the year on the TaylorMade Tour truck and today was no different, as players who’ve worked hard to prepare in the off-season stopped by for everything from 14-club regrips to new driver builds and adjustments. On a brisk, windy day in La Quinta where temperatures leveled out near 50 degrees at lunchtime, the truck played host to players, caddies and equipment reps virtually all day.
Tour Technician Wade Liles was responsible for the first official club build of the 2013 PGA Tour season inside the truck – a 14.5-degree RBZ Stage 2 3-wood equipped with a 90-gram Aldila RIP Alpha shaft for Hyundai Tournament of Champions winner, Dustin Johnson. DJ was the first of many to come through for new builds on a day that included visits from TaylorMade Tour Staff professionals Josh Teater, Bob Estes, Scott Verplank, Brian Gay, Johnson Wagner and Troy Matteson, to name a few.
Already the No. 1 model on the PGA Tour, the new R1 driver was certainly the hottest new product coming off the truck Monday, with more than 10 new builds going out to players by mid-afternoon. After we saw 21 R1 drivers in play at the Sony Open, we’re expecting an even higher number of players to get tuned in with the new look of performance and put the R1 in their bags at PGA West.
After a great opening day on the PGA Tour, it promises to be a fun and busy week ahead at the Humana Challenge. Be on the lookout for more to come right here on Tour Diaries, including a photo tour of the redesigned interior of the TaylorMade Tour truck and a gallery of images from inside the practice facility at PGA West.