Irons used by the top 10 golfers in strokes gained approach the green


The PGA Tour was sidelined for three months because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the season’s first major championship has not been played, so you can be excused if you did not realize that the PGA Tour’s season is just about done.

This week the world’s best players are in Memphis, Tennessee, for the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational, and the FedEx Cup playoff series starts in three weeks.

As always, one of the keys to winning at TPC Southwind, aside from staying cool, is good iron play. Last season Brooks Koepka won the event by shooting 68-67-64-65 thanks to some timely putting and finishing 11th in strokes gained approach the green. His average for the week was 0.802, which means the four-time major winner gained almost a full-shot advantage over the average player in the field based on his iron play and shots from the fairway.

The second-place finisher last season, Webb Simpson, ranked fifth that week in strokes gained approach the green (1.279). Marc Leishman, who finished third, was second in strokes gained approach the green (1.628).

Below is a list of the 10 golfers who lead the PGA Tour in strokes gained approach the green this season, along with the irons in their bags.

10. Russell Henley, 0.796

Russell Henley Russell Henley (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

IRONS: Titleist T100 (4-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue AMT X100 shafts

T-8. Viktor Hovland, 0.827

Viktor Hovland's Ping equipment Viktor Hovland’s Ping equipment (David Dusek/Golfweek)

IRONS: Callaway X Forged (2), with Graphite Design Tour AD Di-85 shaft; Ping i210 (4-PW), with KBS Tour V X shafts

T-8. Gary Woodland, 0.827

Gary Woodland's Wilson irons Gary Woodland’s Wilson irons (David Dusek/Golfweek)

IRONS: Wilson Staff Model Utility (4), Staff Model Blades (5-PW), with KBS Tour C-Taper X shafts

7. Patrick Cantlay, 0.842

Patrick Cantlay's Titleist irons Patrick Cantlay’s Titleist irons (David Dusek/Golfweek)

IRONS: Titleist 718 AP2 (4-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts

6. Paul Casey, 0.844

Paul Casey Paul Casey (Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports)

IRONS: Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal Pro (3, 4), MP-5 (5-PW), with Nippon NS Pro Modus3 120 TX shafts

5. Hideki Matsuyama, 0.868

Hideki Matsuyama Hideki Matsuyama’s Srixon irons (David Dusek/Golfweek)

IRONS: Srixon Z785 (3, 4), 945 (5-PW), with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts

4. Marc Leishman, 0.911

Marc Leishman's Callaway gear Marc Leishman’s Callaway gear (David Dusek/Golfweek)

IRONS: Callaway X-Forged UT (3), Apex Pro 19 (4-6), Apex MB (7-PW), with Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 shafts

3. Justin Thomas, 0.983

Justin Thomas Justin Thomas’ Titleist equipment (David Dusek/Golfweek)

IRONS: Titleist T100 (4), 620 MB (5-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts

2. Tyrrell Hatton, 1.014

Tyrrell Hatton's Ping golf equipment Tyrrell Hatton’s Ping equipment (David Dusek/Golfweek)

IRONS: Ping i210 (4-PW), with Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour 120X shafts

1. Collin Morikawa, 1.098

Collin Morikawa Collin Morikawa (Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)

IRONS: TaylorMade P750 (4, 5), P730 (6-PW), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts



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