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Billy Horshel Sinks Monster Putt For 1st PGA Victory
Billy Horschel sunk a 26-foot birdie putt on the final hole to claim his first US PGA Tour title at a weather effected Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Horschel tied a course record at the TPC Louisiana 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.
"When a player goes out and shoots 8 under and birdies the last hole to win, hats off to Billy," said Points, who had a 65. "He's played great all year. He was one shot shy of me at Houston and I'm a shot shy of him here. It's just the way it goes."
The 26-year-old former Florida Gator 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.
A second rain delay happened before Horschel could take his second shot on the 18th hole, giving him 50 minutes to reflect on what was at stake a maiden win and a two-year exemption.
Horschel, the US PGA's sixth first-time winner this year, had his best prior PGA result last month with a runner-up effort at the Houston Open behind Points, whose only prior PGA title came in 2011 at Pebble Beach.
Horschel, whose 22 made cuts in a row is the longest active tour streak, enjoyed his third straight top-10 finish while Points, who missed seven of his first nine cuts this year, missed a chance for a second triumph in four starts.
Amateur Guan Tianlang, 14, of China finished 71st after making his second cut in two PGA events, the first coming at the Masters.
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