Zurich Classic 100-Year Challenge
By mustang6560 on 4/25/12
Thanks to reader mjaber.

Several PGA Tour players paid tribute to the golfers of yesteryear Tuesday in the "Zurich Classic 100-Year Classic" in a fun way.

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Keegan Bradley, Graeme McDowell, Rickie Fowler, Luke Donald, Ben Crane, Camilo Villegas, and Justin Rose dressed in golf attire from the early 20th Century (circa 1912) and competed in a three-hole challenge at TPC Louisiana using vintage hickory shaft clubs. Ben and Camilo finished at one-under par to win the exhibition (what, no playoff!?!) and Luke managed to record an eagle using his hickory shaft clubs.

I would love to get my hands on a set of hickory shaft clubs for my man room that does not exist yet. I am planning to go to a few yard sales this spring to see what I can find.

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mjaber says:
You're welcome. :)

I really think that it'd be an interesting "off-season" exhibition/event for the TOUR, or even just NBC/Golf Channel to put on. Have a 2-day, 36-hole event using "original" golf equpiment. Mic all the players. Maybe some celebs (paging Mr. Murray), but let them use their own equipment.
jrbizzle says:
There was a group (don't know the exact name) which was some sort of hickory club association just had an even t at a local club nearby my house. Looked like a fun event to attend or participate in.

And I was just reading in Harvey Penick's book the other day, that back when they used hickory shafted clubs, players rarely practiced, because of all the bending and shaving you had to do to keep your clubs maintained round to round. The only thing players regularly practiced back then was putting as they didn't want to tax their irons and woods.
BAKE_DAWG40 says:
@stang, I found a whole set of hickory shafted irons with a putter at an auction about 8 years ago. The putter was made between 1902 & 1919. I paid $80 if I remember right. Good stuff!
birdieXris says:
i just have two old hickory shafted *thistle* putters. One left handed, in great shape, and one right handed in fair shape. They are cool little clubs. I'm going to hang them on my wall downstairs.
wrhall02 says:
I would watch it @mjaber! A Ryder Cup style event would be fun too...or even LPGA vs PGA vs SPGA...
glenrich says:
Ben Crane said he shot one under par for 3 holes so sounds like he played pretty good with the old clubs.
It would be nice to see shot by shot account of the holes played to see how things went. Were they hitting 300 yards off the tee with those old clubs?
Dusty23 says:
I have a driver from Wright & Ditson that a guy was able to date back to the early 1920's, the head and shaft were broken and taped together so you couldn't hit it, I reglued and whipped it. I've had this club for years since I was a kid. My mother was an antiquer, so I figured she'd picked it up somehere, though why had always puzzled me, no golfers in the house. My older brother just a couple of years back came to visit and saw it, he is positive it belonged to my Grandfather. I'm so glad I didn't get rid of it.
joe jones says:
Years ago a group of pro's played with hickory shafts at the British Open at St. Andrews. I remember Payne Stewart saying that it took a little practice to wait for the head to catch up to the whippy shaft but after awhile most of the guys could hit the ball just about as far as they could with the equipment of the day.Of course that may no longer be true with today's equipment. .
DoubleDingo says:
Mustang, although they're not old vintage clubs, you can buy hickory shafted clubs and the golf balls to be used with them at Louisville Golf. I am not a salesman for them, nor affiliated with them in any way shape or form; I am just a customer that enjoys playing their finely crafted products. In fact my bag is filled with their clubs. I haven't purchased a hickory set, yet. They sell persimmon drivers and fairway woods, blade irons, wood-headed-putters as well as other style putters, and the clubs are manufactured right here in the United States of America. They used to have Stan Thompson Ginty's available but those are all sold out. I bought the last #2 available and one of the last #9's a few years after I bought a #5(which is my absolute favorite club ever).
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