Day's short miss secures Horchel's win
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 22, 2017,
May 22, 2017, 22:40
The world No. 44 made the turn at even par after a bogey at the ninth hole, while Day was one-under. He then watched from the side as Day, the world's fourth-ranked player, missed a 4-foot putt that would have extended the competition.
About the same time Day's 16-foot birdie try at No. 18 curled just under the hole, causing him to wince, Hahn went to 11 under for the lead with his 13-foot birdie at the 15th hole. "But it kind of laid back with six holes to go".
With a 1-under 69, including a 60-foot birdie putt at the 14th hole, Horschel matched Day at 12-under 268.
Days's seventh and 10th-hole birdies before a bogey on the 12th were enough to place him alongside American Horschel in a two-way tie for the lead with five holes remaining.
Playing the 18th hole a second consecutive time, both Day and Horschel left themselves long birdie putts after missing the fairway with their drives.
"I only had one top 10 (result) up to this point".
"I can't just lag it down there two feet short and keep going back and forth".
Starting the final round with a one-shot advantage over Billy Horschel, Hahn took the lead with birdies on Nos.
In Gee Chun, playing with Thompson, shot a bogey-free 67, but was no match for the leader, finishing five strokes back.
1 - This was an unlikely win for Horschel.
Cameron Percy and Matt Jones both missed the cut by a single stroke while Stuart Appleby, Brett Drewitt and Steven Bowditch were well outside the mark.
He missed badly, giving Horschel his first win since 2014.
"It's really surreal", he said.
"I haven't played here in five years", said Horschel.
President George W. Bush announced that he is teaming up with the AT&T Byron Nelson Golf Tournament. In 2018, the tournament will move to Trinity Forest Golf Club (a links-style course designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore), located just 10 minutes south of downtown Dallas.
It was not exactly a heavyweight duel down the stretch, but Horschel got a victory he badly needed and set himself up for the next few years on the PGA Tour.
Kokrak also hit 26 of 36 greens in regulation through 36 holes, but just 19 of 36 on Saturday and Sunday.
But the Australian was able to take the positives from the week - it was his best result on the PGA Tour since last year's PGA Championship.