Horschel defeats Day on first hole of playoff
- Author: Julie Sanders May 23, 2017,
May 23, 2017, 7:46
While his 18-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole Sunday stopped just short, Horschel won with a par when Jason Day pulled his 4-foot par putt left and past the hole.
But Horschel won his first tournament since 2014 after Day, 29, missed a four-foot putt for par on the 18th.
Even with his eagle chance at the 16th and birdie putt at 17 both stopping just inches short, Hahn shot a bogey-free 6-under 64 on Saturday to finish ahead of several players who had birdie streaks.
He came into the week off the back of three missed cuts but held his nerve to win after holing an incredible 450 feet of putts during the tournament. "To be able to play the way I did today, I played some good solid golf", Day said. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he found eight (of 14) fairways and just eight greens in regulation, posting a -1.718 SG: Tee-to-Green but 2.677 SG: Putting.
Day was frustrated at his costly mistake but still encouraged by what he did on the week. He did not win the tournament, but Day's chip-in was clearly a money shot that at least gave him a chance to do so.
"I was a little shaky out there with the putter. I know it's not the way he wants me to win".
With his world understandably rocked - he lost his father to cancer at 12 - Day failed to crack the top 20 in his five starts following Pebble Beach.
BASKETBALL: Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas will miss the rest of the playoffs because of a hip injury. "It's the way the game of golf goes sometimes".
Billy Horschel had missed four consecutive cuts when he arrived at TPC Four Seasons, a course he was never particularly fond of.
"You don't really have to overpower this golf course", Hahn said. "I was in a peaceful place all week, just happy to be here and happy to compete, and it's nice to walk away with a trophy". I knew I had a five shots advantage and that's a lot of shots but on a day like this, it's nothing. He almost holed his approach shot on the closing hole, coming inches from joining Day and Horschel in the playoff. Day was grouped with James Hahn and Billy Horschel on Sunday. Horschel holed a huge putt at the 14th for a birdie that edged him ahead of the Australian but Day bounced straight back at the next, holing a chip from a hard downhill lie to square things up again.
He was rewarded for it on the 16th hole, a par 5 which he reached in two and made birdie.
Day, meanwhile, parred Nos. "The other three I was playing well going into them and this one I wasn't, I can't lie, I didn't have any success". "I'd rather be stalking people than any other way".
"I've got to try to get better from this experience and I feel good about my game". Everything is coming along nicely. "I was real calm (early), I got on the course and usually I'm a little nervous the first few holes".
On the 14th hole, Horschel rolled in a 59-foot birdie putt, the longest of his career, that got him to 11 under.
Second-round leader Jason Kokrak, who led by five strokes after firing a 62 on Friday, moved in the wrong direction shooting a two-over 72 marked by a triple-bogey six at the par-three fifth hole. He improved to No. 15 from 71st in the FedExCup standings with the victory.
Americans Scott Brown (65), Scott Piercy (66), Grayson Murray (68), Chad Campbell (68) and South Korea's An Byeong-Hun (69) were on 203. Taylor was 9 under in his final two rounds combined.
Reigning Masters champion Sergio Garcia, of Spain, fired a 64 on Saturday to get to 202 and into a tie for sixth with former Byron Nelson champion Jason Dufner (65) and Bud Cauley (68).
NOTES: Shawn Stefani was disqualified after signing an incorrect scorecard following the third round. Garcia is still a top five or seven favorite at the U.S. Open in a month.
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