Horschel captures first PGA Tour win at Zurich

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 28, 2013, 11:15 pm

There would be no backing into the title on Sunday at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. With no wind and lift, clean and place in effect, players were taking dead aim and going low. Billy Horschel got his first PGA Tour win in style, when he drained a 27-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to hold off D.A. Points. Here is the skinny on the final round at TPC Louisiana:

The leaderboard: Horschel at -20; Points at -19; Kyle Stanley at -17. 

What it means: After the final round was delayed for 2 hours and 54 minutes in the morning with the leaders midway through the front nine, Horschel came out of the delay red hot. He birdied Nos. 7-12 to tie the longest birdie streak of the season on Tour. Playing with Horschel was Points, who showed no signs of backing down, going on his own birdie run. He notched birdies on the first four holes of the back nine to keep pace with Horschel. In a cruel twist of fate, a second weather delay occurred with Horschel and Points in the fairway on the 18th hole. The 52-minute delay didn't seem to affect either player as they both birdied the final hole after the delay.

Points, 36, was looking for his second Tour win this year after capturing the Shell Houston Open last month. Horschel, the 26-year-old University of Florida product, has wasted little time in realizing his potential. This is Horschel's fifth top 10 already this season in only 12 starts.

Round of the day: Horschel's 8-under 64 was the low round of the day, while Points finished with a 7-under 65. Aaron Watkins had the low round of the day until he was upstaged by Horschel and Points. Watkins, who made only his second cut on Tour this season, fired a bogey-free 65.

Best of the rest: Stanley easily had his best finish of the season, closing with a 5-under 67 to finish third. He has struggled mightily this season, missing the cut in half of his 10 events, with his best finish prior to today being a T-18 at the Honda Classic. After co-leading on the front nine, Jimmy Walker's chances at his first Tour victory were derailed by a double bogey on the ninth and bogeys on the 13th and 14th holes. Bubba Watson, the 2011 Zurich champion, fired a 6-under 66 to surge up the leaderboard and finish T-15.

Biggest disappointment: Glover by no means collapsed on Sunday, but with the way Horschel and Points blistered TPC Louisiana, he was quickly left behind. Looking for his first win since the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship, Glover began the day with a two-shot lead but finished with a 1-under 71, five shots back of Horschel in a tie for fourth.

Shot of the day: Horschel's 27-foot birdie putt to win on the 18th obviously deserves mention. But his superior ball-striking was best displayed in the midst of his record-tying birdie streak, when he took dead aim at the left pin tucked next to the water on the difficult 191-yard, par-3 ninth. The ball finished 5 feet left of the hole, and Horschel banged the putt into the back of the cup for his third birdie in a row and fourth in five holes.

Quote of the day: “What’s amazing about Billy is that the belief that he’s got in himself. It knocks out the nerves and anxiousness because he believes in himself so much. He’s that good. Every time I play with him, I don’t know how he’s not winning every week. This is just the beginning.” – Chris DiMarco, a former Florida player and a mentor for Horschel.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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