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Zurich Classic of New Orleans 2018

DATES: April 26-29
SITE: TPC of Louisiana, Avondale, Louisiana
PRIZE MONEY: $7,200,000

Round 4 - Billy Horschel & Scott Piercy win Zurich Classic

April 29, 2018

Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy combined for a closing round of five-under par 67 to win the PGA Zurich Classic of New Orleans by one stroke over fellow Americans Jason Dufner and Pat Perez.

The Horschel-Piercy pairing rallied from a three-shot deficit to start the alternate shot format final round, vaulting into the top spot with a 22-under par total of 266.

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"This means a lot to me," said Horschel. "My game hasn't been great in the last year.

"We both put a lot of hard work into our game. This validates all the hard work."

The US duo were one of 17 teams within five shots of the lead at the start of Sunday's second foursomes round at TPC Louisiana. The teams played a best-ball format in rounds one and three.

Playing under perfect conditions with sunshine and temperatures in the low 80s Fahrenheit (26C), Dufner and Perez finished one shot back in second with a final-round 68.

South Africans Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen were another stroke back in third with a 68.

Tommy Fleetwood-Chris Paisley made an eagle-three at No. 18 to shoot a 69 and finish tied for fourth.

Third round leaders Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown, who lost in a playoff last year, slumped to a 77 and finished in a tie for 15th, seven shots off the pace.

Piercy drained a three-foot putt for par on the final hole to secure the win, but Horschel had the hotter putter of the two this week.

"I putted really well the last couple of weeks," Horschel said. "I said 'Scott just get me on green'. I felt like every putt was going to go in the hole."

"We are excited. I'm excited," said Piercy of the win.

They birdied their first two holes Sunday and then added two more birdies to begin the back nine as they went head-to-head against Dufner and Perez down the stretch.

"I knew my partner was hitting good shots," Piercy added. "I kept trying to put it in right spot for him to do something good with it. To get back is nice and to do it with a good friend is even better."

Kisner and Brown faltered late with a bogey and double bogey on 15 and 16.

Dufner had a 14-foot putt to force a playoff on 18 but missed it.

Pos.
Players
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Billy Horschel / Scott Piercy
-22
65
73
61
67
266
2
Jason Dufner / Pat Perez
-21
66
72
61
68
267
3
Charl Schwartzel / Louis Oosthuizen
-20
66
72
62
68
268

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Round 3 - Kevin Kisner & Scott Brown grab Zurich lead with last minute birdie

April 28, 2018

Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown, still smarting from a playoff loss at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans last year, seized the third-round lead in the team event on Saturday with a birdie at the last hole.

Brown rolled in a two-foot birdie putt at the 18th to cap the team's eight-under par 64 in the four-ball format third round.

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Their 20-under total of 196 put them one stroke in front of Tony Finau and Daniel Summerhays, who combined for a 63, and Michael Kim and Andrew Putnam who posted a 66.

Brown's closing birdie was his third of the day and his first since the fouth hole.

In the meantime Kisner had kept things rolling, finishing with seven birdies as the team overcame two bogeys on the back nine.

"The greens are rolling nice and I felt pretty good with the putter all week," Kisner said. "I made a lot of long putts, which is fun and probably why we're in the lead. It's normally what happens when you get a putter rolling. So it's been fun. Hopefully I can knock a few in for him tomorrow."

Brown said he was heading to the range to try to "iron a few things out" in hopes of contributing more in Sunday's foursomes final round.

The more volatile alternate-shot format promises some last-day fireworks, especially with 17 teams within five shots of the lead.

Finau and Summerhays played without a bogey, picking up four birdies in their last five holes.

"We had four birdies in a row I feel like on some of the tougher holes on the golf course," said Finau, who continues to make strides in his first tournament since the Masters -- where he finished with a share of second after partially dislocating his left ankle during the pre-tournament Par-3 Contest. "We just ham-and-egged it really nicely. You know, I birdied 14, he birdied 15, I birdied 16, 17."

But Finau said the big momentum-shifter came at the 10th, where he hit it out of play and Summerhays came up with a clutch birdie.

"That kept the momentum going for us when we really needed it," Finau said. "Kept me in it for a couple of holes that I didn't have my best stuff. So, the great thing about this format is it's a team format, and we've been picking each other up nicely throughout these last three days.

"We're going to need that tomorrow."

Kim and Putnam, the overnight leaders at TPC Louisiana, also came in without a bogey on their card.

The two teams on 107 were a stroke in front of Brice Garnett and Chesson Hadley, who fired an 11-under 61 for 198.

Pos.
Players
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Kevin Kisner / Scott Brown
-20
62
70
64
196
T2
Tony Finau / Daniel Summerhays
-19
62
72
63
197
T2
Michael Kim / Andrew Putnam
-19
62
69
66
197
4
Brice Garnett / Chesson Hadley
-18
64
73
61
198
T5
Billy Horschel / Scott Piercy
-17
65
73
61
199
T5
Jason Dufner / Pat Perez
-17
66
72
61
199
T5
Troy Merritt / Brendon de Jonge
-17
62
75
62
199
T8
Charl Schwartzel / Louis Oosthuizen
-16
66
72
62
200
T8
Russell Knox / Martin Laird
-16
64
73
63
200
T8
Chris Paisley / Tommy Fleetwood
-16
62
75
63
200
T8
Tyler Duncan / Adam Schenk
-16
64
72
64
200
T8
Retief Goosen / Tyrone Van Aswegen
-16
65
71
64
200
T8
J.J. Henry / Tom Hoge
-16
62
73
65
200

Round 2 - Michael Kim & Andrew Putnam take 1-shot lead

April 27, 2018

Michael Kim and Andrew Putnam shook off a double-bogey to team for a three-under par 69 on Friday and a one-stroke lead after the foursomes second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

The US duo made five birdies as they took their total to 13-under 131 and held a one-stroke lead over compatriots Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown.

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Kisner and Brown are out to improve on their runner-up finish last year, when they lost in a playoff to Australian Cameron Smith and Sweden's Jonas Blixt at TPC Louisiana as the tournament debuted its team play format.

They followed up their first-round 62 with a 70 that left them on 12-under 132.

"We'd love to get a trophy together," Kisner said. "We grew up together and are longtime friends so it would be fun to win together."

Brown said the foursomes format was tougher than the best-ball rounds in which each team member plays his own ball.

"You obviously don't want to hit a bad shot for your partner, but it happens," he said. "It's a tough day out there today. The wind is blowing around, and we did a good job of hitting a lot of greens.

"I think we had one bogey for the day, so pretty good in this format."

Two teams were a stroke back on 133: The US-Aussie duo of Chad Campbell and Matt Jones and Americans Nate Lashley and Rob Oppenheim.

Overnight co-leaders Chez Reavie and Lucas Glover, who fired a 60 on Thursday, struggled in the alternate-shot format with a three-over 75 that included a double-bogey at the par-four fourth.

Things were even worse for the Chinese pair of Zhang Xinjun and Dou Zecheng, who shared the lead with Reavie and Glover after the first round.

The two, the first two players from China to hold PGA Tour membership, combined for an eight-over par 80 that included double-bogeys at the par-four sixth hole and the par-three 17th.

At four-under for the tournament they missed the halfway cut.

Defending champions Smith and Blixt exited early, too, finishing at three-under 141 as the cutline of five-under claimed a string of marquee names.

Jordan Spieth and teammate Ryan Palmer appeared headed for the weekend when they reached the 17th tee at eight-under, but finished with two straight double-bogeys thanks to repeated dunks in the water.

"I had a couple of really bad swings," said Spieth, who hit his tee shot at the par-three 17th in the water and then dunked their layup shot at the par-five 18th also.

"Bad decision on the layup," he said. "I cost our team an opportunity, which, you know, really sucks given how hard we fought today. It's not a good feeling. It's much worse than if it's just you."

Reigning PGA Champion Justin Thomas and teammate Bud Cauley missed the cut, as did Spain's Jon Rahm and Wesley Bryan and the all-Spanish team of Sergio Garcia and Rafael Cabrera Bello.

The week also ended early for US Open champion Brooks Koepka, who was making his first start in 15 weeks after recovering from a partially torn tendon in his left wrist.

Pos.
Players
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Michael Kim / Andrew Putnam
-13
62
69
131
2
Kevin Kisner / Scott Brown
-12
62
70
132
T3
Chad Campbell / Matt Jones
-11
63
70
133
T3
Nate Lashley / Rob Oppenheim
-11
64
69
133
T5
Cody Gribble / John Peterson
-10
66
68
134
T5
Tony Finau / Daniel Summerhays
-10
62
72
134
T7
Whee Kim / Andrew Yun
-9
66
69
135
T7
Bubba Watson / Matt Kuchar
-9
68
67
135
T7
Brendan Steele / Jamie Lovemark
-9
64
71
135
T7
Richy Werenski / Nicholas Lindheim
-9
64
71
135
T7
Chez Reavie / Lucas Glover
-9
60
75
135
T7
J.J. Henry / Tom Hoge
-9
62
73
135

Round 1 - Chez Reavie & Lucas Glover tied for lead with Xinjun Zhang & Zecheng Dou

April 26, 2018

Chez Reavie and Lucas Glover teamed to fire a 12-under 60 to share the first-round lead. Despite a par-par finish on Nos. 8 and 9, the duo matched the tournament record 18-hole score. Since the change to the team format in 2017, the low round at the Zurich Classic is 12-under 60 (both Four-ball) by the South African team of Retief Goosen/Tyrone Van Aswegen (R2/2017) and Kevin Kisner/Scott Brown (R4/2017).

Combined to birdie all par-5 and par-3 holes in the first round, except the par-3 ninth, their final hole of the day. They share career-low PGA TOUR individual rounds of 61 (Glover/2016 Wyndham Championship/R2, Reavie/3 times/most recent 2017 Sony Open in Hawaii/R4). Thursday’s 12-under 60 is unofficial due to the format.

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Xinjun Zhang and Zecheng Dou, the first two players from China to hold PGA TOUR membership, birdied the final three holes while playing in the final group of the day, to shoot 12-under 60 and share the first-round lead. They are one of 13 teams at the Zurich Classic with both members from the same country.

Dou locked up his 2017-18 PGA TOUR membership, helped by a win at the Web.com Tour’s Digital Ally Open in 2017 and became the first player from China to win on either the PGA TOUR or Web.com Tour.

Zhang earned his 2017-18 PGA TOUR card by finishing 20th on the 2017 Web.com Tour Regular Season money list ($186,306). He is a two-time PGA TOUR China winner and a six-time runner-up on PGA TOUR China and is that international developmental tour’s all-time leading money-winner.

Ron Oppenheim holed a 261-yard shot with a 3-wood at the par-5 seventh hole for the first albatross of the season, however it won’t be officially recognized in the PGA TOUR statistics due to the format this week. The last player to make an albatross on TOUR was Johnson Wagner (No. 5/R2/2017 Wyndham Championship). Oppenheim and teammate Nate Lashley fired 8-under 64 to sit T11.

Troy Merritt and Brendon de Jonge opened with four consecutive birdies en route to a 10-under 62. They were one of two teams at 9-under or better with a bogey on the scorecard (Kisner/Brown).

The all-Ireland team of Shane Lowry and Padraig Harrington birdied three of their last four holes to shoot 9-under 63 and move into a six-way tie for third-place.

Defending champions Cameron Smith/Jonas Blixt sit T21 after a 7-under 65. Smith/Blixt (2017) are the only team made up of two past champions at the Zurich Classic.

David Duval and Jim Furyk, the veteran duo who have combined for 30 PGA TOUR wins (Furyk/17, Duval/13), carded a 7-under 65. Both players are among the exclusive group of eight players who have shot sub-60 rounds on TOUR, Furyk the only player to achieve the feat twice.

With a combined age of 102, the PGA TOUR Champions team of Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly produced a 5-under 67 to sit T52.

Reigning U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka made his return to the PGA TOUR after a four-month absence due to a partially torn tendon in his wrist. He and teammate Marc Turnesa sit T52 after a 5-under 67.

2017 FedExCup champion and World No. 2 Justin Thomas teamed with fellow former University of Alabama golfer Bud Cauley to shoot 2-under 70, the highest score of the morning wave. Thomas is one of six FedExCup champions in the field: Jordan Spieth (2015), Billy Horschel (2014), Henrik Stenson (2013), Brandt Snedeker (2012) and Jim Furyk (2010).

Along with No. 2 Thomas, players ranked Nos. 3, 4 and 5 in the Official World Golf Ranking are also in the field; No. 3 Jordan Spieth/Ryan Palmer (66/T32), No. 4 Jon Rahm/Wesley Bryan (66/T32), No. 5 Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson (65/T21).

Former University High golfer and reigning Masters champion Patrick Reed teamed with Patrick Cantlay to shoot 7-under 65 and sit T21 in his first outing since Augusta National.

For the first time since the 2017 TOUR Championship, all four current major championship winners are in the same PGA TOUR event: Patrick Reed (2018 Masters Tournament), Justin Thomas (2017 PGA Championship), Jordan Spieth (2017 The Open) and Brooks Koepka (2017 U.S. Open).

The Zurich Classic is the penultimate PGA TOUR event for players, not previously eligible, to earn a start in THE PLAYERS in one of three ways: 1) moving into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking; 2) winning the Zurich Classic; and 3) moving into the top 10 in the 2017-18 FedExCup standings.

With the team format beginning in 2017, a change was made at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans this year, with the two formats switching rotations. In 2018, rounds one and three in the two-player team event will feature the Four-ball (best ball) format, while the second and fourth rounds will use the Foursomes (alternate shot) format.
The Zurich Classic awards FedExCup points and official money, and counts as an official victory for the members of the winning team.

Pos.
Players
To Par
R1
T1
Chez Reavie / Lucas Glover
-12
60
T1
Xinjun Zhang / Zecheng Dou
-12
60
T3
Tony Finau / Daniel Summerhays
-10
62
T3
Chris Paisley / Tommy Fleetwood
-10
62
T3
J.J. Henry / Tom Hoge
-10
62
T3
Michael Kim / Andrew Putnam
-10
62
T3
Kevin Kisner / Scott Brown
-10
62
T3
Troy Merritt / Brendon de Jonge
-10
62
T9
Chad Campbell / Matt Jones
-9
63
T9
Shane Lowry / Padraig Harrington
-9
63

Scores

Pos.
Players
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Billy Horschel / Scott Piercy
-22
65
73
61
67
266
2
Jason Dufner / Pat Perez
-21
66
72
61
68
267
3
Charl Schwartzel / Louis Oosthuizen
-20
66
72
62
68
268
T4
Chris Paisley / Tommy Fleetwood
-19
62
75
63
69
269
T4
Brice Garnett / Chesson Hadley
-19
64
73
61
71
269
6
Tony Finau / Daniel Summerhays
-18
62
72
63
73
270
T7
Patrick Reed / Patrick Cantlay
-17
65
71
66
69
271
T7
Tyler Duncan / Adam Schenk
-17
64
72
64
71
271
T7
Russell Knox / Martin Laird
-17
64
73
63
71
271
T10
Seamus Power / David Hearn
-16
66
72
66
68
272
T10
Greg Chalmers / Cameron Percy
-16
66
72
65
69
272
T10
Brendan Steele / Jamie Lovemark
-16
64
71
66
71
272
T10
J.J. Henry / Tom Hoge
-16
62
73
65
72
272
T10
Troy Merritt / Brendon de Jonge
-16
62
75
62
73
272
T15
Nate Lashley / Rob Oppenheim
-15
64
69
68
72
273
T15
Zach Johnson / Jonathan Byrd
-15
66
70
65
72
273
T15
Michael Kim / Andrew Putnam
-15
62
69
66
76
273
T15
Kevin Kisner / Scott Brown
-15
62
70
64
77
273
T19
Chad Campbell / Matt Jones
-14
63
70
70
71
274
T19
Justin Rose / Henrik Stenson
-14
65
71
65
73
274
T19
Retief Goosen / Tyrone Van Aswegen
-14
65
71
64
74
274
T22
Whee Kim / Andrew Yun
-13
66
69
67
73
275
T22
Chez Reavie / Lucas Glover
-13
60
75
67
73
275
T22
Graeme McDowell / Ian Poulter
-13
65
71
66
73
275
T25
Richy Werenski / Nicholas Lindheim
-12
64
71
69
72
276
T25
Jimmy Walker / Sean O'Hair
-12
64
73
66
73
276
T25
Denny McCarthy / Joel Dahmen
-12
68
71
62
75
276
T28
Shane Lowry / Padraig Harrington
-11
63
75
68
71
277
T28
Chris Stroud / Brian Stuard
-11
68
71
66
72
277
T28
Bubba Watson / Matt Kuchar
-11
68
67
68
74
277
T31
Jonathan Randolph / Trey Mullinax
-10
65
73
67
73
278
T31
Alex Cejka / Ben Crane
-10
64
74
66
74
278
T31
Charley Hoffman / Nick Watney
-10
65
72
65
76
278
T34
Jason Day / Ryan Ruffels
-9
64
74
67
74
279
T34
Cody Gribble / John Peterson
-9
66
68
69
76
279
36
Sung Kang / John Huh
-7
66
73
65
77
281
CUT
Kevin Tway / Kelly Kraft
-4
70
70
--
--
140
CUT
Andrew Landry / Talor Gooch
-4
66
74
--
--
140
CUT
David Lingmerth / Danny Lee
-4
68
72
--
--
140
CUT
Xinjun Zhang / Zecheng Dou
-4
60
80
--
--
140
CUT
Brian Gay / Aaron Wise
-4
66
74
--
--
140
CUT
David Duval / Jim Furyk
-4
65
75
--
--
140
CUT
Justin Thomas / Bud Cauley
-4
70
70
--
--
140
CUT
Jordan Spieth / Ryan Palmer
-4
66
74
--
--
140
CUT
Sergio Garcia / Rafa Cabrera Bello
-4
67
73
--
--
140
CUT
Keegan Bradley / Jon Curran
-4
66
74
--
--
140
CUT
Smylie Kaufman / Tom Lovelady
-3
66
75
--
--
141
CUT
Jonas Blixt / Cameron Smith
-3
65
76
--
--
141
CUT
D.A. Points / Kyle Thompson
-3
66
75
--
--
141
CUT
Steve Stricker / Jerry Kelly
-3
67
74
--
--
141
CUT
Daniel Berger / Gary Woodland
-3
66
75
--
--
141
CUT
Wesley Bryan / Jon Rahm
-3
66
75
--
--
141
CUT
Emiliano Grillo / Peter Uihlein
-3
68
73
--
--
141
CUT
Jamie Donaldson / Ross Fisher
-3
66
75
--
--
141
CUT
Mackenzie Hughes / Corey Conners
-2
65
77
--
--
142
CUT
Aaron Baddeley / Scott Stallings
-2
67
75
--
--
142
CUT
William McGirt / Sam Burns
-2
67
75
--
--
142
CUT
Brandon Harkins / Lanto Griffin
-2
68
74
--
--
142
CUT
C.T. Pan / Zac Blair
-2
67
75
--
--
142
CUT
Kevin Na / Byeong Hun An
-2
68
74
--
--
142
CUT
Matt Every / Sam Saunders
-2
67
75
--
--
142
CUT
Abraham Ancer / Roberto Díaz
-2
66
76
--
--
142
CUT
Harold Varner III / Robert Garrigus
-2
64
78
--
--
142
CUT
Billy Hurley III / Peter Malnati
-1
69
74
--
--
143
CUT
K.J. Choi / Charlie Wi
-1
67
76
--
--
143
CUT
Chris Kirk / J.T. Poston
-1
65
78
--
--
143
CUT
J.J. Spaun / Sam Ryder
-1
69
74
--
--
143
CUT
Ryan Armour / Johnson Wagner
E
69
75
--
--
144
CUT
Brandt Snedeker / J.B. Holmes
E
66
78
--
--
144
CUT
Brooks Koepka / Marc Turnesa
1
67
78
--
--
145
CUT
Rory Sabbatini / John Daly
1
68
77
--
--
145
CUT
Keith Mitchell / Stephan Jaeger
1
67
78
--
--
145
CUT
Hudson Swafford / Harris English
1
68
77
--
--
145
CUT
Ben Silverman / Matt Atkins
1
66
79
--
--
145
CUT
Shawn Stefani / John Rollins
2
67
79
--
--
146
CUT
Ryan Blaum / Blayne Barber
3
67
80
--
--
147
CUT
Martin Flores / John Merrick
4
72
76
--
--
148
CUT
Colt Knost / Ricky Barnes
4
72
76
--
--
148
CUT
Fabián Gómez / Andres Romero
4
69
79
--
--
148
CUT
Brett Stegmaier / Cameron Tringale
4
69
79
--
--
148

 

 




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