April 28 2013
After three straight top 10s, including a runner-up, Billy Horschel did one better Sunday at TPC Louisiana.
Horschel shot a course-record tying 64 to get his first career victory, winning the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
D.A. Points shot 65 to finish second, one shot behind.
Afterward, Horschel fell to the ground and broke down.
"I let it go," he said. "It all came out."
With the win, Horschel earns 500 FedExCup points and moves to third in the standings.
After being sidelined with a wrist injury early in 2010, Horschel, 26, has been knocking on the door over the last month.
He finished second to Points in Houston then tied for third a week later in San Antonio.
Horschel again had a chance to win last week, too, at the RBC Heritage but shot a final-round 74 to finish ninth.
Sunday, was a different story.
Entering the week 108th in final-round scoring average, Horschel was nearly flawless, making nine birdies and one bogey.
In the end, he needed every one of them.
Horschel at one point made six in a row in the middle of his round -- matching the longest streak on the PGA TOUR this season -- before adding the clinching birdie on the final hole.
Following the second of two weather delays and some nine hours after they began their round, Horschel and Points returned to hit their final shots.
Horschel landed 27 feet away before Points splashed out of a greenside bunker to 6 feet.
It didn’t matter.
Unlike in Houston, where he watched Points make a putt to win, it was Horschel who made the winner this time.
Horschel rolled in the long birdie putt to finish his week at 20 under and secure the win.
Overnight leader Lucas Glover, meanwhile, never got any momentum on Sunday.
He parred each of his first five holes before the horn sounded for dangerous weather in the area.
After a three-hour delay, Glover returned to the course only to bogey his next hole. He never challenged the lead again, shooting a 71 to finish five back.