Printed on: April 30, 2013
Horschel wins his first event on Tour
AVONDALE, La. (AP) -- Billy Horschel arrived in New Orleans riding a streak of strong performances that made him one of the best players on the PGA Tour never to win a tournament.
Horschel earned his fourth-straight top-10 finish by rolling in a pressure-packed, 27-foot birdie putt to cap a weather-delayed, 8-under 64 at TPC Louisiana that earned him a victory at the Zurich Classic on Sunday. Horschel's final-day score tied a course record and left him one stroke ahead of D.A. Points.
"This whole week I felt like I'm going to get my victory here," Horschel said. "I felt like, you know, it's got to be sooner or later, and thank God I finally won."
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 of two weather delays for lightning. He finished the tournament at 20 under, narrowly holding off Points, who won the Shell Houston Open last month by a stroke over Horschel and Henrik Stenson.
"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."
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 was like, "If it's my time, this putt needs to go in,' " Horschel said.
The winning round took nearly nine hours to complete. Because thunderstorms were in the forecast, the PGA shuffled the usual tee times to have the leaders tee off around 9 a.m.