Piercy & Horschel Win Zurich Classic of New Orleans PDF Print E-mail


Scott Piercy and Billy Horschel celebrate after winning the Zurich Classic

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 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.


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