Stephen Gallacher Wins Dubai Desert Classic Playing New R1February 3, 2013
Sporting a special edition “YOUR1” hat to celebrate the launch of TaylorMade Golf’s hotly anticipated R1 driver, Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher played his way to an impressive victory Sunday at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, his second career European Tour victory marking the fourth worldwide Tour win for our most adjustable driver ever early in 2013.
As you’ll soon find out, TaylorMade studies indicate that 80% of golfers are playing a driver with the wrong loft, costing them distance. “YOUR1” is what the R1 driver becomes after each golfer tunes and optimizes individual launch. Gallacher, who’s R1 is tuned to 12 degrees of loft, a No. 2 Open Face Angle Position with an 8-gram Shot Shape weight in the toe and 3 grams in the heel, equaled the lowest 72-hole scoring total in tournament history Sunday (-22).
The win, which will forever be remembered for Gallacher’s flair for drama – he made five eagles in total, including a hole-out on the 70th hole of the championship – projects to move him inside the top-60 in the Official World Golf Rankings, ensuring him a spot in the 2013 WGC Accenture Match Play Championships at Dove Mountain. If his sharp play continues, Gallacher could very well move into the top-50 in the OWGR rankings in time to earn an automatic bid into the field for Augusta – The Masters represents the only Major Championship the 38-year-old has yet to play once in his career.
Gallacher’s victory is a strong indicator of R1′s continued momentum and dominance on Tours around the world. Already this season, the driver has been played in four worldwide Tour victories – twice on the PGA Tour, once on the Champions’ Tour and now once on the European Tour. One out of four players in the field (33 overall) at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic played the R1 driver.
The R1 driver, which features 168 different settings, is available for purchase now at retail locations around the world and online at TaylorMadeGolf.com. To learn more about the R1, be sure and download our new R1 Tuning App via the iTunes App Store.
In Gallacher’s Winning TaylorMade Bag:
R1 Driver | 12 Degrees | No. 2 Open Face Angle | 8 grams toe | 3 grams heel
RBZ Tour 17.5° Fairway | Project X Blue 7A4 78-Mid
Adams, Idea Pro VST 21° Hybrid | Project X Blue HC1 95-S
Tour Preferred MB Irons | 3-PW | Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
TP xFT wedge 60°