Victory Roundup – A Dream Team, Maiden Win and Redemption for One of the Game’s Brightest Stars

by Maura Hutchinson

The weather might have turned cold but the golf was on fire this weekend.  Producing a number of great storylines to help take our mind off the chilly spell.  Here’s a look at all the action from the European Tour, PGA Tour and the LPGA Tour. Plus a peek at all the gear this Sunday’s winners are using.

Sweden’s Alexander Bjork has picked up his first European Tour title. Beating Spain’s Adrian Otaegui by one-stroke at the Volvo China Open. The 27-year-old stormed into contention on Sunday producing a flawless bogey-free final round 65 to finish with an 18-under total.

With his first win on Tour, the rookie now jumps from number 112 to number 73 in the official world golf rankings. The victory also makes Bjork the first Swede to win the event.

“It’s tough to describe my emotions,” said the golfer after his win. “I’ve been feeling ready to make this step. I was less nervous this morning than normal. I was confident.” Adding, “But you never know when it is going to happen. I’m really happy and very proud of myself. Today was maybe the best round I’ve ever played in such a situation.”

Here’s a look at the gear the Bjork used on Sunday:

Driver: TaylorMade M3
Fairway Wood: Cobra King LTD
Irons: Cobra King Forged CB/MB
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7
Putter: Odyssey O-Works Red Rossie Prototype
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Shoes: FootJoy Tour-S
Apparel: Galvin Green

Over on the PGA Tour Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy proved to be quite the team, winning the Zurich Classic by one-shot over Jason Dufner and Pat Perez. Giving Horschel has second title at TPC Louisiana.

For the second year in a row the tournament was a team event, with this year’s final round being an alternate-shot format. Leaving the golfers to have to play the lies their partners left them on the previous shot. For Horschel and Piercy that proved to not be an issue with the two Americans securing victory and gaining 400 FedEx Cup points each, as well as hefty paydays of over $1 million!

Check out the winners’ bags below:

Driver: PXG XXF Prototype
Fairway Woods: PXG 0341X; PXG 0341
Irons: PXG 0311T Gen2
Wedges: PXG 0311T Milled Sugar Daddy; PXG 0311T Milled Zulu
Putter: PXG Mustang

Driver: Titleist 917D2
Fairway Woods: Titleist 917F2
Hybrid: Titleist 816H1
Irons: Titleist 716 AP2; Titleist 680 MB
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM6; Titleist Vokey TVD
Putter: Scotty Cameron T2
Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Lydia Ko broke her almost two-year slump on Sunday, winning the Mediheal Championship with an eagle on the first playoff hole against Minjee Lee.

Just five days after turning 21 Ko secured her 15th LPGA Tour title and her third win at the Lake Merced Golf Club. After a year of constant change (equipment, coaches and caddies) and constant speculation on the state of her game, Sunday’s win was huge for the PXG golfer.

“It’s a huge relief because people are like, ‘Hey, because of this you’re not winning, because of that you’re not winning.’ Actually, I tried to stay away from all the media and everything that was being said about me and tried to just focus on what was going on in front,” Ko told reporters after her win.

Adding, “It’s crazy because I was 3 over for the day at one stage and I said, ‘Hey, you’ve just got to focus and you never know what’s going to happen.’”

What happened when the putt dropped in the hole on the 18th can only be described as a pure release of emotion from the New Zealander.

“I cried like four times in the span of two minutes,” said Ko.

Here’s a look at Ko’s winning bag:

Driver: PXG 0811XX Prototype
Fairway Woods: PXG 0341X
Hybrid: PXG0317X
Irons: PXG 0311P Gen2
Wedges: PXG 0311 Milled Sugar Daddy; PXG Milled “Lydia”
Putter: PXG Bat Attack P