Long putt caps Horschel’s winning rally

McClatchy news servicesApril 29, 2013 

Billy Horschel sensed the time had come for him to win his first PGA Tour event. This could explain the composure he displayed in the face of two final-round weather delays and a 27-foot putt he had to make on the final hole to avert a playoff.

Horschel tied a course record at the TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., with an 8-under 64 in the final round of the Zurich Classic on Sunday, which was good enough to win by one stroke over D.A. Points.

Points put pressure on Horschel by hitting out of a bunker to set up a 5-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th. Then Horschel rolled in his long victory-sealing putt, pumping his arms and letting out a triumphant yell before sinking into a crouch and briefly pulling his cap over his face as the crowd roared.

“I hadn’t made a long one all week and I said, ‘I’m due,’” Horschel said. “I was like, ‘If it’s my time, this putt needs to go in.’”

Soon after, he saw a video replay of his celebration.

“I know it was pretty intense,” he said. “There was a lot going on. It’s celebration time now.”

Horschel, 26, began the day two shots behind third-round leader Lucas Glover and surged into the lead with six straight birdies after the first weather delay. He finished at 20 under, narrowly holding off Points.

Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley, who was tied for second after the third round, had five birdies and no bogeys in a round of 5-under 67 to finish alone at third at 17-under 271.


Inbee Park shot a bogey-free 4-under 67 to win the inaugural North Texas LPGA Shootout in Irving, Texas, by a stroke over third-round leader Carlota Ciganda, whose chance for a first LPGA victory was wiped out in a two-hole stretch.

Park, the world’s No. 1 women’s player who started the day two shots back of Ciganda, finished at 13-under 271 for her third victory this season and fifth in her last 18 starts. The 24-year-old South Korean ahead to stay with consecutive pars on Nos. 14 and 15 while Ciganda went bogey-double bogey.


Will Wilcox won the South Georgia Classic in Valdosta, Ga., for his first victory on the Web.com Tour and the $117,000 winner’s purse.

Wilcox shot a 1-over 73 to finish four strokes ahead of University Place’s Michael Putnam (70), Zack Sucher (65) and D.J. Brigman (70), who tied for second.

Putnam moved up nine spots on the money list to 10th with second-place money of $48,533. His brother, Andrew Putnam (71), finished at 5 under and won $10,075.


Two-time runner-up Jeff Sluman partnered with Brad Faxon for a one-stroke win in the Champion Tour’s Legends of Golf in Savannah, Ga. … Australia’s Brett Rumford eagled the first playoff hole to win the Ballantine’s Championship in Seoul, South Korea.

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