Winner’s bag: Corey Conners’ Ping equipment at the Valero Texas Open

April 8, 2019

Corey Conners survived a 6-for-1 playoff on Monday to qualify for the Valero Texas Open. He won’t have to worry about qualifying for a PGA Tour event for at least the next two years after capping off one of the best stories of the 2018-19 season with a two-shot win on Sunday at TPC San Antonio. Conners also earned a spot in the Masters field.

The Ping staffer logged 10 birdies on his way to a final round six-under 66. Conners led the field in strokes gained: approach-the-green for the tournament with Ping’s iBlade irons and a mixed set of Glide 2.0 Stealth and Glide Forged wedges, but it was his PLD Anser 2 putter that was the difference-maker on Sunday. Conners made over 116 feet worth of putts with the blade model while picking up more than three strokes on the field.

Conners came to Ping’s putter lab back in December to work on his flatstick and found a suitable option in the Anser 2 head shape, which features tungsten plugs in the bumpers to give it a heavier overall 370-gram head weight, something the former top-ranked amateur prefers.

Here’s a look at Conners’ entire equipment setup:

Driver: Ping G400 LST (UST Mamiya Elements Gold 6F5 shaft), 8.5 degrees

3-wood: Ping G400 (Fujikura Atmos Blue 7X shaft), 14 degrees

Hybrid: Ping G400 (UST Mamiya V TS Red 85X shaft), 18 degrees

Irons: Ping iBlade (4-PW; True Temper Project X 6.0 shafts)

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth (50SS and 56SS degrees; True Temper Project X 6.0 shafts), Ping Glide Forged (60SS degrees; True Temper Project X 6.0 shaft)

Putter: Ping PLD Anser 2 (SuperStroke GTR 2.0)

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride New Decade MultiCompound

Weight plugs are visible in the bumpers of Corey Conners' Ping PLD Anser 2 putter.
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