AVONDALE, La. Billy Horschel sensed the time had come for him to win his first PGA Tour event. That could explain the composure he displayed in the face of two final-round weather delays and a 27-foot birdie putt he made on the final hole to avoid a playoff.
Horschel tied the course record at TPC Louisiana with an 8-under-par 64 in the final round of the Zurich Classic on Sunday, which was good enough to win by one stroke over D.A. Points.
Points put pressure on Horschel by hitting out of a bunker to set up a five-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole. Then Horschel rolled in his victory-sealing putt, pumping his arms and letting out a triumphant yell before sinking into a crouch and briefly pulling his cap over his face as the crowd roared.
"I hadn't made a long one all week and I said, 'I'm due,' " Horschel said. "I was like, 'If it's my time, this putt needs to go in.' "
The 26-year-old former Florida Gator began the day two shots behind third-round leader Lucas Glover and surged into the lead with six straight birdies after the first weather delay. He narrowly held off Points, who won the Shell Houston Open last month by a stroke over Horschel.
"When a player goes out and shoots 8 under and birdies the last hole to win, hats off to Billy," said Points, who shot a 65. "He's played great all year."
The second delay, for lightning, happened before Horschel could take his second shot on the 18th hole, giving him 52 minutes to reflect on what was at stake $1.19 million and a two-year exemption.
It didn't faze him. He said he tends to relax during delays, and almost always plays well after them.
"For some reason, it puts me at ease a little bit," Horschel said. "You don't know how long your delay is going to be, so you've just got to go with it."
Although Horschel had not won on the PGA Tour, he had been playing the best golf of his young career lately, with three top-10 finishes in his past three tournaments. He has also made a PGA Tour-leading 23 straight cuts.
Moments before Horschel took reporters' questions about his victory, he sat at a podium with the winner's silver cup in front of him, appearing on the verge of tears as he spoke by phone to his wife and parents.
Points, playing in the same crowd-pleasing group as Horschel, birdied the 10th through 13th holes to stay on Horschel's heels.
LPGA Tour in Irving, Texas Top-ranked Inbee Park (4-under 67) won the inaugural North Texas Shootout by a stroke over Carlota Ciganda (70), who was seeking her first LPGA victory.
Champions Tour in Savannah, Ga. After teaming with Craig Stadler for two runner-up finishes in three tries at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, Jeff Sluman decided it was time for a change.
He enticed Brad Faxon to be his teammate for the annual better-ball competition, and the new pairing paid off as they combined for a final-round 7-under 65 and a one-stroke victory.
"I had a wonderful four, five years with Stads and all that, but like everything else, it was time," Sluman said.