Winner's Bag

The clubs Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy used to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans

AVONDALE, LA – APRIL 28: Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy react to their putts on the 18th hole during the third round of the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana on April 28, 2018 in Avondale, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

By E. Michael Johnson
In team golf, the short game usually plays a huge role in either establishing or keeping momentum and that held true for Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy in winning the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. After riding the momentum provided by Scott Piercy’s opening-hole hole out Saturday, Billy Horschel hit a solid wedge shot on the 10th to tap-in birdie range and then a key pitch shot on the 11th to kick-in territory for another birdie to put them in position to win the title. A solid eight-foot par save putt by Horschel on the 17th helped maintain their one-stroke cushion over Jason Dufner and Pat Perez.

Piercy’s wedges are Titleist Vokey SM6 for his gap and sand wedge and a TVD 63-degree lob wedge. TVD stands for “Tour Van Design,” as many of the shape’s are derived directly from tour player feedback and done on site at tour events. Typically the TVD shape is lower in the heel area with a more rounded toe.

Horschel’s wedges are PXG’s milled 0311T model with his 52- and 57-degree wedges featuring the Sugar Daddy sole. The sole, inspired by Lydia Ko, has a moderate initial bounce angle with a blended sole design. His 61-degree boasts the Zulu sole, which is based on Zach Johnson’s specs. It features a bounce just off the leading edge with plenty of heel and toe relief and is designed to be used off firm, tight turf such as that seen nearly weekly on the PGA Tour. Also of note is that Horschel is using a prototype PXG driver and the company’s new 0311T Gen2 irons

The equipment used by Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Billy Horschel

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: PXG XXF, (Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution 4), 10.5 degrees
3-wood: PXG 0341X, 15 degrees
5-wood: PXG 0341, 18 degrees
Irons (3, 5-PW): PXG 0311T Gen2
Wedges: PXG 0311T Sugar Daddy (52, 57 degrees); PXG 0311T Zulu Raw (61 degrees)
Putter: PXG Mustang

Scott Piercy
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Driver: Titleist 917D2 (Accra Tour Z), 8.5 degrees
3-wood: Titleist 917F2, 16.5 degrees
Hybrid: Titleist 816H1, 21 degrees
Irons (4): Titleist 716 AP2; (5-9): Titleist 680; (PW): Titleist Vokey SM6
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM6 (53, 57 degrees); Titleist TVD (63 degrees)
Putter: Scotty Cameron T2


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