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Golf: Horschel wins first Tour event in Avondale

Billy Horschel (left) shakes hands with D.A. Points after winning the PGA Zurich Classic on Sunday at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La.
Billy Horschel (left) shakes hands with D.A. Points after winning the PGA Zurich Classic on Sunday at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La.

AVONDALE, La. – Billy Horschel sensed the time had come for him to win his first PGA Tour event.

This could explain hiscomposure during 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 on Sunday, good enough to win by a 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 before sinking into a crouch and briefly pulling his cap over his face as the crowd roared.

“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 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.

“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.”

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