Zions irons help bag maiden title

What's in the Saint-Omer champion's bag

Andy Roberts's picture
Wed, 22 Jun 2011

Matthew Zions produced a strong ball striking performance with his trusted Cleveland Golf CG1 Tour irons to record his maiden European Tour title at the weekend.

While all eyes were glued to Rory McIlroy’s emphatic performance on the other side of the pond, Zions was putting together something similar at the Saint Omer Open in Lumbres, France.

The little-known Australian, whose best performance this season had been a tie for 13th at the Ballantines, posted an 8-under total to race clear of his rivals by seven shots - a record winning margin in the co-sanctioned European Tour and Challenge Tour event.

Zions’ laser-like CG1 irons, designed for consistent ball striking, control and forgiveness, found 76% of the greens in regulation in the wet and windy conditions.

His short game also complemented his long game with 12 out of 17 up and downs and 100% scrambling from the sand.

“Tee to green it was brilliant because the conditions made it so difficult to control your ball,” said Zions.

“It was a bit like a US Open out there when you look at the leaderboard with just four guys finishing under par.

“Everything felt good this week. My iron play was very strong and I holed plenty of putts which helps. I believe this victory was long overdue and I can now focus on some big tournaments in the next few weeks.”

The CG1 irons split cavity-back long irons and mid to short muscle back irons provide extra forgiveness and the workability and feel of a blade.  

What’s in Zions’ bag

Driver: TaylorMade R11 (10.5-degree, Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki 70x shaft)
3-wood:
TaylorMade R11 (15.5-degree, Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki 80x shaft)
Hybrid: TaylorMade Rescue 11 TP (19-degree, Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki 80x shaft)
Irons (3-5): Cleveland Golf CG1 Tour (cavity back)
Irons (6-9): Cleveland Golf CG1 Tour (muscle back)
Wedges: Cleveland Golf 588 Gunmetal (47, 51 and 58-degree)
Putter: Odyssey Black Series Tour Designs #6
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Shoes: Footjoy FJ Icon (Champ spikes)

 

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