Chris Wood Scores Maiden European Tour Win With MP-64/MP-69 Combo Iron Set
by Iver Maple on January 28, 2013
Mizuno's Chris Wood took his first European Tour win at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters - making an eagle 3 at the 72nd hole to take the title by a single shot.
Holding a three shot lead going into the last round, Wood showed early nerves making a double bogey at the 3rd. Wood fought back with 4 birdies but was still a shot behind with 2 to play. A birdie was needed on the par 5 18th to reach a playoff with Sergio Garcia and George Coetzee.
Hitting the ball long and straight is a Chris Wood strength and a 320 yard bomb down the middle with his MP-650 driver, set up a MP-69 six iron from 202 yards - which was lasered into the heart of the green. The putt dropped giving Wood his first European Tour win.
Wood was relieved to secure his first European Tour Win, "It feels good. Blimey, I've seen a few mates picking up trophies and I've been waiting patiently for my time. I felt like I was due to win for a couple of years.” As for the eagle, Wood added: "Nice way to finish!"
The title was an early reward for Mizuno who recently announced a new contract with Wood - including apparel appaa for the first time. Wood's bag included his MP-650 driver, MP-64 3 and 4 iron, MP-69 5-PW and MP-T4 wedges.
Andy Kikidas, European Tour Manager for Mizuno was delighted, "After coming so close at The Open Championship and leading some big events, it was only a matter of time before Chris recorded his first win. Woody is still so young, that with this monkey off his back he can really kick on. Chris is one of the new wave of players who will carry European golf for years to come."
Wood moves to fourth in The Race to Dubai and top 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking, opening up some new playing opportunities for 2013.