Billy Horschel of the USA carded a course-record equalling 64 to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans by a single shot from his countryman D.A. Points.

Horschel endured two weather delays, but kept his composure to secure his maiden PGA Tour victory by sinking a 30-foot putt across the final green.

The 26-year-old began the fourth round two shots behind 2009 US Open winner Lucas Glover, but he raced into the lead with six straight birdies following the first weather delay.

With those behind him faltering, Horschel came to the final hole one clear of D.A. Points. The pressure was on the young American, who had three top-10 finishes in his last three tournaments, including a tie for second in Houston. But, before he could play his second shot, lightning caused a second halt to proceedings. Horschel took it in his stride.

“For some reason it puts me at ease a little bit,” he said. “You don’t know how long your delay is going to be so you’ve just got to go with it and just wait it out.”

When he came back to the course he found the green with his second shot, but Points piled on the pressure by firing from a bunker to within 5-feet of the cup.

Horschel faced a 30-foot birdie putt for the victory and he duly rolled it in, consigning Points to second place. Horschel sank to the ground and put his cap over his face.

“It was pretty intense,” he said. “There was a lot going on and it’s celebration time now.”

On a day that witnessed low scoring at the top of the leaderboard, 54-hole leader Lucas Glover struggled to a 71. He finished in a tie for fourth with Bobby Gates, two behind Kyle Stanley who was third.

Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium was the first international finisher. He closed with 67 to take a share of eighth place.

Zurich Classic of New Orleans
TPC Louisiana, Avondale, Louisiana
Apr 25-28, purse $6,600,000 par 72

1   Billy Horschel (USA)   67   71   66   64   268   $1,188,000
2   D.A. Points (USA)      66   68   70   65   269   $712,800

3   Kyle Stanley (USA)   72   67   65   67   271   $448,800
T4   Bobby Gates (USA)   67   70   70   66   273   $290,400
T4   Lucas Glover (USA)   65   67   70   71   273   $290,400
T6   Harris English (USA)   68   70   69   67   274   $229,350
T6   Boo Weekley (USA)   65   68   73   68   274   $229,350
T8   Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel)   70   68   70   67   275   $165,000
T8   Luke Guthrie (USA)   67   71   69   68   275   $165,000
T8   D.H. Lee (Kor)      70   70   68   67   275   $165,000

T8   John Peterson (USA)   71   67   70   67   275   $165,000
T8   Kevin Stadler (USA)   68   72   65   70   275   $165,000
T8   Jimmy Walker (USA)   67   71   66   71   275   $165,000
T8   Aaron Watkins (USA)   71   69   70   65   275   $165,000

Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage

Where next?
European Tour –
Brett Rumford wins Ballantine’s Championship