New Orleans, LA –  Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy each were battling confidence issues heading into the events following the Masters. Piercy with his putting and Horschel with his ball striking. At the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the two put it all together and captured the team title at 22 under par, winning by a shot over Pat Perez and Jason Dufner.

A few weeks back at Hilton Head, Piercy convinced Horschel to simply hit his stock shot – the draw, thus eliminating any doubt (and the dreaded two-way miss). It worked. A fifth place at Harbour Town and a tie for eleventh at Valero jump started Horschel’s spring. The final piece of the puzzle was returning to a shorter shafted putter. When he won the 2014 Fedex Cup he used a 33 1/2″ ping putter, so this week he had his PXG shortened to the same length – and putts were pouring in.

Piercy, had the opposite problem, he had been striking it well all season, but was struggling mightily with the flatstick – ranked 172nd in strokes gained putting. Perhaps Piercy and his putter just needed to see some go down, he found his own rythym on the greens rolling in plenty of putts over the weekend including the winner, that made a complete 360 before dropping for the win. “Seeing his ball go in the hole time after time, it gave me sort of an inner fire to want to do the same thing because I haven’t been doing that this year.

The win at the Zurich Classic bolted Piercy up to 27th in the Fedex Cup Standings, Horschel moved up to 33rd.

The team of Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel finished third at 20 under par.

For More Zurich Classic Scores: https://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html


Jason  Bruno
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