Golf: Horschel earns first win hard way, with long putt

2013-04-29T00:00:00Z Golf: Horschel earns first win hard way, with long puttThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 29, 2013 12:00 am  • 

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 after two final-round weather delays and a 27-foot birdie 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 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.

"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.'"

The former Florida Gator, 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, who won the Shell Houston Open last month by a stroke over Horschel and Henrik Stenson.

The second delay, for lightning, happened before Horschel could take his second shot on the 18th hole, giving him 52 minutes to reflect on what was at stake - $1.19 million and a two-year exemption.

It didn't really faze him.

"For some reason (a delay) puts me at ease a little bit," he said.

Amateur Guan Tianlang, 14, of China finished 71st after making his second cut in two PGA events, the first coming at the Masters.

LPGA Tour

IRVING, Texas - Inbee Park shot a bogey-free 4-under 67 on Sunday to win the inaugural North Texas LPGA Shootout by a stroke over Carlota Ciganda.

Park, the world's No. 1 women's player, finished at 13-under 271 for her third victory this season and fifth in her last 18 starts. The South Korean, 24, sank a 4-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th after Ciganda also birdied the hole.

Champions Tour

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Jeff Sluman, a two-time runner-up with Craig Stadler at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf, finally won the Champion Tour's team event with a new teammate.

He partnered with Brad Faxon for a 23-under, one-stroke victory over Gene Sauers-Kenny Perry and Fred Funk-Mike Goode, who tied for second.

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