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Golf: Horschel wins first Tour event in Avondale

Published: Sunday, April 28, 2013 11:39 p.m. CST
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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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