THE YEAR OF THE GOLF FREE AGENT IS HERE

Some of the sport’s most recent major champions have opted for freedom to play whichever clubs they prefer, over only using those from a single equipment sponsor...

“Almost every guy out there is a tinkerer,” said Benjamin Walter, the manager for another equipment free agent, 2013 PGA champion Jason Dufner. “The difference between winning and top-10 is relatively small. If these guys think they can gain an edge, they’re going to go that route.”

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Craig Bristow

THE ANATOMY OF A ONE-WEEK JASON DUFNER HAT DEAL

DUBLIN, Ohio — As Jason Dufner arrived at the 10th tee to begin their Thursday round, playing partner Tiger Woods came up to check out his snapback du jour, a green mesh number casually tilted that said "Columbus" on front. Woods shook his head.

"Duf, you’re a real beauty," he said.

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Craig Bristow