Horschel out­du­els Day to win By­ron Nel­son in play­off

New Straits Times - - Sport -

DALLAS: Amer­i­can Billy Horschel parred the first play­off hole to beat World No 4 Ja­son Day on Sun­day to win the PGA By­ron Nel­son tour­na­ment, reg­is­ter­ing his first vic­tory since 2014.

Horschel came into the tour­na­ment hav­ing missed four con­sec­u­tive cuts but turned his for­tunes around with some in­cred­i­ble putting this week at the TPC Four Sea­sons re­sort near Dallas.

Aus­tralia’s Day missed a short putt on the 18th hole that would have ex­tended the play­off to hand Horschel the vic­tory.

“That’s not the way I wanted to win it,” said Horschel.

“Four missed cuts to come in here and I played this well — some­one is look­ing out for me.”

Both Horschel and Day fin­ished 72 holes on 12-un­der par 268. Day fired a two-un­der 68 on Sun­day while Horschel shot 69, each fin­ish­ing one stroke ahead of Amer­i­can James Hahn, who was third af­ter shoot­ing 71.

Amer­i­can Ja­son Kokrak fin­ished fourth on 270.

Horschel had the top putting per­cent­age this week while Day had made 95 per cent of his putts in­side five feet this sea­son be­fore miss­ing what ap­peared to be a rou­tine four-footer to drop the play­off.

“When you’re in the po­si­tion like that, you have to go for it and try to win,” Day said.

“I can’t just lag it down there two feet short and keep go­ing back and forth.

“Over­all, it was a pretty good week, but ob­vi­ously I’m dis­ap­pointed that I didn’t get the win.”

World No 1 Dustin John­son never made a se­ri­ous run and fin­ished tied for 13th at 274.

De­fend­ing cham­pion Ser­gio Gar­cia, who won his first ma­jor ti­tle last month at the Masters, shot 74 and fin­ished in a tie for 20th. AFP

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