Golf equipmentMarch 13, 2016

Winner’s Bag: Charl Schwartzel, Valspar Championship

New Nike putter helps spark victory
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PALM HARBOR, FL - MARCH 13: Charl Schwartzel of South Africa hits off the third tee during the final round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort Copperhead Course on March 13, 2016 in Palm Harbor, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Charl Schwartzel has enjoyed success since changing to Nike’s Vapor Fly Pro driver and Method Origin B1-01 putter. The 2011 Masters champion not only won the Valspar Championship in a playoff with Bill Haas, but Alfred Dunhill Championship on the European Tour earlier this year as well. The putter, in particular, served Schwartzel well on Sunday, as he rolled in a 64-footer for birdie on the 13th hole and knocked in a 23-footer on 17 for another birdie that kept his hopes alive. The blade-style putter has four small weights on the sole and features a modified polymetal groove pattern with the grooves tighter together and across a larger portion of the face than on the original Method putter. For the week Schwartzel was a very respectable .886 strokes gained/putting.

Ball: Nike RZN Tour Platinum

Driver: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (Aldila Rogue Silver 70x), 11 degrees

3-wood: Nike Vapor Fly, 13 degrees

Irons (2): Nike MM prototype; (3, 5-PW): Nike Vapor Pro Combo

Wedges: Nike Vapor Pro Combo (50 degrees); Nike VR Forged (54, 60 degrees)

Putter: Nike Method Origin B1-01

Nike Vapor Fly/Vapor Fly Pro driver