Horschel pre­vails at Nel­son’s Four Sea­sons fi­nale

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - STEPHEN HAWKINS

Billy Horschel had missed four straight cuts when he ar­rived at TPC Four Sea­sons, a golf course he was never par­tic­u­larly fond of.

Af­ter win­ning the last AT&T By­ron Nel­son sched­uled at the Irv­ing re­sort, Horschel now wishes he could have the chance to come back.

While his 18-foot birdie putt on the first play­off hole Sun­day stopped just short, he won with a par when Ja­son Day pulled his 4foot par putt left and past the hole.

“When I hit it, I knew it was on a per­fect line and I thought I got it to the hole . ... I just wanted to fin­ish it off there,” Horschel said. “I didn’t ex­pect him to miss it. I was ex­pect­ing to go back to the tee and play the hole again.”

In­stead, the play­off wrapped up the Nel­son’s 35th and fi­nal tour­na­ment in Irv­ing. The event shifts next year to the new links-style Trin­ity For­est Golf Club south of down­town Dal­las.

In his only two pre­vi­ous Nel­sons, in 2011 and 2012, Horschel missed the cut at 13 over through 36 holes both times. With a clos­ing 1-un­der 69 on Sun­day, in­clud­ing a 60-foot birdie putt at the 14th hole, Horschel matched Day (68) at 12-un­der 268 for a play­off.

“It’s sad that it’s leav­ing be­cause I was never a fan of this course, but came here and now I am,” he said. “I won, and I don’t want to leave.”

Third-round leader James Hahn fin­ished a stroke back with a 71. He just missed a mirac­u­lous ea­gle on 18 that would have got­ten him in the play­off with the other two. Three­somes were used af­ter early morn­ing rain de­layed the start Sun­day.

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