Winner's BagNovember 6, 2018

The clubs Nasa Hataoka used to win the TOTO Japan Classic

TOTO Japan Classic - Final Round
Ken IshiiOTSU, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 04: Nasa Hataoka of Japan putts on the 13th green during the final round of the TOTO Japan Classic at Seta Golf Course on November 04, 2018 in Otsu, Shiga, Japan. (Photo by Ken Ishii/Getty Images)

It’s not too often the key shot of a tournament is struck with a pitching wedge from 30 yards, but that was the shot that propelled Nasa Hataoka to victory at the TOTO Japan Classic.

Though most will point to Hataoka’s magnificent shot from a fairway bunker to within a few feet on the 14th hole that led to a crucial birdie, Hataoka said it was the par save on the previous hole that kept her round going.

After hitting her tee shot into the left rough, Hataoka had 164 yards to the pin but hit a 7-iron that came up 28 yards short. That’s when Hataoka pulled her Srixon Z 745 pitching wedge and hit a nifty pitch that rolled to within three feet of the hole.

“I learned this type of approach after I started playing in U.S.,” Hataoka said. “I realized something had to come to me and I had to get through it, and I knew it was at the 13th hole. I was not totally comfortable with the shot, but I was calm enough to play well on that hole.”

What Nasa Hataoka had in the bag at the TOTO Japan Classic:

Ball: Srixon Z-Star

Driver: Srixon Z 765, 10.5 degrees

3-wood: Srixon Z F 65, 15 degrees

Hybrids: Srixon Z H 85 (19, 22 degrees)

Irons: (5-PW): Srixon Z 745

Wedges: Cleveland RTX 2.0 PF (50, 54, 58 degrees)

Putter: Ping Scottsdale TR Piper C

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