Daily Wrap-up: Zurich Classic, Final roundApril 28, 2013
AVONDALE, La. -- 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 with an 8-under 64 in the final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Sunday, which was good enough to win by one stroke over D.A. Points.
With his win, Horschel moves inside the FedExCup top 5 for the first time in his career.
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 ...
Billy Horschel holes a 26-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole, clinching his first victory.
Standings after Zurich Classic
Rank Player Points Points back 1 Tiger Woods 1,740 --- 2 Brandt Snedeker 1,397 343 3 Billy Horschel 1,205 535 4 Matt Kuchar 1,069 671 5 Kevin Streelman 915 825 6 Adam Scott 870 870 7 D.A. Points 854 886 8 Graeme McDowell 838 902 9 Phil Mickelson 813 927 10 Dustin Johnson 810 930 Click for complete FedExCup standings
@russhenleygolf: Loving that celebration! BOOOOM!!!!!
@JeffOvertonPGA: Had a great time in #NOLA - played some good golf, ate some good food. Thanks @Zurich_Classic! Congrats @BillyHo_Golf! Now off to Charlotte-
@CamiloVillegasR: Billy H. Congrats on your first PGA Tour Win!! Go gators!
@ChrisDiMarco: How about my boy, fellow Gator @BillyHo_Golf Champion of Zurich Classic. Congrats and love you bud.
Behind six straight birdies, starting on the seventh hole, Billy Horschel secured his first PGA TOUR victory at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans by one shot over D.A. Points with a birdie on the 18th hole. Here's a look at what Horschel had in the bag.
BILLY HORSCHEL'S BAG
Driver: PING G25 (45.25-inch Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki 63-X shaft), 9.5 degrees
Wedges: PING Gorge (52, 60 degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts)
Putter: PING Redwood Piper S ... Click here to see the entire bag
Billy Horschel came to the Zurich Classic of New Orleans believing his time had come on the PGA TOUR. He had boldly predicted as much to Zurich Insurance Group CEO Martin Senn several days ago.
So when the four-time All-American from Florida lined up the potential winning putt Sunday on the 72nd hole at rain-soaked TPC Louisiana, he sensed a calmness come over him.
"I read it right away,'' Horschel said. "I knew exactly the break on it and everything. I just told myself, I haven't made one of considerable length this week. And I was like, you know, 'if it's my time, this putt needs to go in.'''
Twenty-six feet, eight inches later, his ball found the bottom of the cup, and that all elusive first victory and the accompanying winner's bounty of 500 FedExCup points -- which lifted him to third in the standings -- and a check of $1.188 million belonged to him.
And Horschel did it in style, too. READ MORE