Winner's Bag

The clubs Austin Eckroat used to win the 2024 Cognizant Classic in The Palm Beaches


Brennan Asplen

PGA National’s Champion Course is a tee-to-green, grind-it-out kind of golf course, and no one played that bit of real estate better that Austin Eckroat, who won the rain-delayed Cognizant Classic in The Palm Beaches on Monday for his first win on the PGA Tour.

On a course laden with thick rough and water, Eckroat kept the ball in position then capitalized on it. The 25-year-old ranked fourth in strokes gained/off the tee, gaining north of 3.5 strokes on the field based highly off his accuracy. He was T-3 in the field in finding fairway, hitting more than 80 percent, while using his 10.5 degree Ping G430 LST driver, the lowest-spinning version in the G430 family. Eckroat’s driver, which has a 45.25 inch Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green 6.5 shaft, uses the adjustable hosel to bring the loft down to 9.25 degrees.

Eckroat’s iron game also was spot on as he ranked third in strokes gained/approach the green, gaining more than six shots on the field, while being first in greens in regulation with his Ping Blueprint T irons and Ping Glide Pro Forged wedges. How accurate was Eckroat? Consider that all five of his birdies during the weather-delayed final round came from inside 12 feet. Eckroat’s irons have Project X 6.5 shafts. Among the key shots with the clubs were a stuffed 8-iron from 177 yards to seven feet on the par-4 12th followed by a lob wedge from 89 yards on the next hole. A 7-iron tee shot on the par-3 17th led to another birdie that stretched his lead to three.

Once on the greens, Eckroat paid it off, ranking third in putts per green in regulation with his Ping Redwood D66 putter. The blade has a black finish and measures 34 inches with 3 degrees of loft.

What Austin Eckroat had in the bag at the 2024 Cognizant Classic in The Palm Beaches

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Driver: Ping G430 LST (Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green 6.5), 10.5 degrees

Ping G430 LST
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The more compact size (440 cubic centimeters) and slightly more forward center of gravity should resonate with high-swing-speed players who are seeking extra control and low spin. A carbon-composite section in the back half of the crown helps to lower the CG. It also wraps around the perimeter to save weight. The lowest launching model in the G430 family uses a face design that’s thinner to provide additional ball speed. The face also curves less at the bottom so that those low-face impacts launch with more energy and less spin.

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Fairway wood: Ping G430 Max, 15 degrees

Irons (3): Ping Blueprint S; (4-PW): Ping Blueprint T

Wedges: Ping Glide Pro Forged (50, 54, 60 degrees)

Putter: Ping Redwood D66