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Xander Schauffele opened the Travelers Championship with a 3-under 67 using TaylorMade P750 irons. But it was the set he didn't have in play that had equipment enthusiasts talking this week.

Greg Moore, GolfWRX's roving photographer, managed to snap photos of an unreleased set of Callaway prototype irons in Schauffele's bag on Wednesday.

Normally a set of iron on TOUR is a heavy-handed hint that something new is in the retail pipeline. Only this particular cavity-back iron comes on the heels of Callaway's release of Epic Pro and an updated X Forged that both fit the requirements of a better player or professional.

Even more curious was the fact that Schauffele was the only player in the field at TPC River Highlands testing the iron.

So what's the deal with the prototype?

Any list that dives into the "greatest" at anything is sure to spark a debate.

Who's on the list and at what number? That's fine, even healthy, in fact. Ranking lists are, after all, a subjective matter.When it comes to a list ranking the greatest golfers of all time, there are so many factors that come into play. Things like number of PGA Tour wins, winning streaks, longevity and -- most importantly -- major victories.

With that, here's my list of the 15 greatest male golfers of all time.

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I've been tasked with the impossible: Ranking golf's 9 greatest achievements, in order. How do you even do that?

Who is this schmuck to decide which is better than the other when just about any one of us would dine on a haggis-only diet everyday for the rest of our lives to have accomplished just one of them?

With the realization that ranking these achievements in an order all of us could agree on, is nearly as difficult as reaching just one of the feats that follow. As I run to take cover, here goes nothing...

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(about 6,300 miles)

This will come as a surprise to absolutely no one, but Tiger Woods — one of the most prolific golfers of all time — has played a lot of golf in his career. In a recent story, we discovered that golfers travel the most distance per season of any major sport.

So, we wondered, how far has Tiger walked in his professional career?

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Shinnecock Hills Golf Club preview

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – This will be an old-school U.S. Open. There’s no other way to put it. After all, we’re at the site of the United States’ second national championship and on a course that was one of the USGA’s five founding clubs.

They’ve been playing golf at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club since 1891. This is the only course to host a U.S. Open in three separate centuries.

We’re at a traditional site and the fairways are lined by the tournament’s trademark thick rough. Ballstriking is always important at a U.S. Open, and this week will be no exception, but Shinnecock Hills also puts high demands on a player’s short game.

The three modern U.S. Opens at Shinnecock Hills were all won with memorable performances around the greens.

Raymond Floyd, winner of the 1986 U.S. Open at Shinnecock, was so good around the greens that he wrote a book on the subject. It paid off in the first round’s difficult conditions.

When he hit his first-ever hole-in-one at Hayfields Country Club in Hunt Valley on Wednesday, Michael Thompson was naturally thrilled. When he aced a hole at Massanutten Resort in Stonewall, Va., within a 24-hour span, he was almost speechless.

"It was 19 hours," the 40-year-old IT consultant from Towson said. "A lot of guys wait 19 years for a hole-in-one. It's just wacky."

Thompson used a Titleist Vokey 54-degree wedge from 117 yards on Hole No. 11 at Hayfields at about 7:30 p.m. while competing in the club's weekly twilight men's league. The next day, he pulled out a Vokey 58-degree wedge from 105 yards on Hole No. 15 on Massanutten's Woodstone Meadows course at about 2:30 p.m.

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Can Brooks Koepka defend his U.S. Open title?

Will Phil finally get his first U.S. Open win?

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