Billy Horschel rolled in a 26 foot, 8 inch birdie putt on the 72nd hole to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans Sunday in Avondale. Horschel becomes the 5th first time winner at the TPC of Louisiana. In 2012, Jason Dufner won for the first time, beating Ernie Els in a playoff.
Horschel tied the course record with an 8 under par 64. His 20 under score bested by one shot the 19 under score from Dufner and Els last year.
Late last year, Horschel said he would win. And, this week, he introduced himself to Zurich CEO Martin Senn. He told Senn he would be presenting him the trophy Sunday. “I proclaimed in December that I was going to win on tour, I do talk big,” said Horschel. ” I don’t go in front of everybody, but to back that up is huge. I don’t look like an idiot out here.”
The win earned Horschel $1.188 million and a berth in the Players Championship in two weeks in his hometown of Jacksonville.
D.A. Points shot 65, including a birdie on 18 to finish one shot back. Points’ 19 under score would have been good enough for a playoff, last year.
“Seven birdies, no bogeys today, I will take that every Sunday for the rest of my life,” said Points.
Horschel made his 23th consecutive cut this week, longest current streak on the PGA tour.
The Zurich Classic has now been decided by either one stroke or in a playoff nine times since 2003.
Mandeville’s Ken Looper, who prepped at Fontainebleau, and played his college golf at LSU, finished tied for 21st after a one under par 71 Sunday. Looper, playing his first PGA tour event, hit his tee shot in the water at 18. His fourth shot lipped the cup.
“I learned a little bit about course management,” said Looper. “Like I told my caddie I just hit a really bad shot . I wasn’t trying to cut the corner at all, I just hit a really poor tee shot.”