The 2022 Zurich Classic of New Orleans Recap

New Orleans, LA  — Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay have won the 2022 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.  In stunning fashion, Schauffele and Cantlay became the first-ever wire-to-wire winners at this tournament with a score of 29-under-par.  With how successful they were, it would appear this could be an all-star pair to be aware of in future President and Ryder cup teams for years to come. 

The unique format of two rounds of best-ball and two rounds of alternate-shot did nothing to slow down these two.  From the very first round, it felt almost obvious they’d come away victorious.  They began the tournament with a 59 and proceed to follow that up with rounds of 68, 60, and 72 respectively.  This team effort, makes the fifth PGA Tour win for Schauffele and the seventh for Cantlay. 

While it was the Cantlay and Schauffele show this week, they weren’t the only pairing to succeed in Louisiana.  Sam Burns and Billy Horschel who finished fourth in this tournament last year, had another great showing.  South African golfers also showed up in a big way, as the team of Branden Grace and Garrick Higgo despite struggling a bit in the final round, would finish tied for fourth, at 23-under-par. 

After this, the PGA Tour moves South of the border to Vallarta, for the Mexico Open.  While duos were the name of the game this week, next week, it’s back to every player for themselves.  Some of the top talent competing for the title will include the likes of Jon Rahm, Gary Woodland, and Patrick Reed.  Also, keep an eye out for the best Mexican-born PGA players to succeed on home soil: Abraham Ancer and Carlos Ortiz. 

Xander Schauffele’s What’s In The Bag:

Driver: Callaway Rogue ST Triple Diamond S (10.5°, playing at 9.9°) / Mitsubishi Kai’li White 70 TX

3 Wood: Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond (15°, playing at 14°) / Mitsubishi Kai’li White 70 TX

7 Wood: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (20°, playing at 18.8°) / Mitsubishi Kai’li White 90 TX

Irons: Callaway Apex TCB Raw (4-PW) / True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Callaway Jaws MD5 (52° 10S), Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (56° 10 bent to 57°), Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (60° 06K bent to 61°) / True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Putter: Odyssey O-Works #7 CH Red

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X LS Prototype

Patrick Cantlay’s What’s In The Bag:

Driver: Titleist TS3 (9.5°) / Mitsubishi Diamana ZF 60 TX

3 Wood: Titleist 915F (15°) / Mitsubishi Diamana ZF 70 TX

7 Wood: Titleist TS2 (21°) / Mitsubishi Diamana ZF 80 TX

Irons: Titleist 718 AP2 (4-9) / True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 (46° 10F bent to 47°, 52° 08F), SM9 (56° 08M bent to 57°), SM8 Prototype (62° 08M bent to 61°) / True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S300

Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5 Prototype

Ball: Titleist ProV1x

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Drew Koch

Drew is an entertainment journalist that has covered everything from golf, TV/film, art, and food for years. He’ll be looking to bring you the latest stories from the PGA Tour and the greatest equipment on offer. A single-digit handicap, he’s been playing competitive golf since childhood, and recorded three holes-in-one by the time he was 13. Based in Chicagoland, he’s always down for a round and a hot dog at the halfway house so be sure to follow him on instagram @drewjkoch, so feel free to say hi.

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