Rich Beem hails Billy Horschel's victory at the AT&T Byron Nelson
- Author: Rosalie Stanley May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 1:32
Billy Horschel is ecstatic to win, there's no doubt about it.
"I don't want to win like that", he told CBS analyst Peter Kostis after the tournament.
Holding on: Jason Day has played his way into contention through the back end of Byron Nelson with a number of sensational shots. With a closing 1-under 69 on Sunday, including a 60-foot birdie putt at the 14th hole, Horschel matched Day (68) at 12-under 268 for a playoff. Horschel's 20-foot putt came up just short, and he finished up for par, not expecting it to be the last shot of his week. From 121 yards out in the 18th fairway, he struck his second shot perfectly, spun it back toward the hole and hit the lip of the cup, almost holing out for an unbelievable eagle that would have earned him a spot in the playoff as well.
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The weather was an issue early in the week and with rain threatening on Saturday, groups of three were sent off the first and 10th tee to make sure the rounds were played.
In the 2016-17 season his nine previous starts had included two missed cuts and just one top-10 finish, his tied-fifth at the Pebble Beach Invitational. He needed to hole it to tie and, with just a birdie, he finished one back in third.
"It's sad that it's leaving because I was never a fan of this course, but came here and now I am", Horschel said.
I'm happy but, you know, still in search of that elusive first win. He's shown flashes of the goods he brought to Augusta National, he just needs a little time to work out some post-Masters rust.
"Every day, I drove to the course like this is a pretty special place, and it really is", Horschel said.
"I've got to try to get better from this experience and I feel good about my game".
"Then I birdied six and I got nervous again". Everything is coming along nicely.
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is tied for 19th after carding a one-over 71 Saturday.
Day, who went on a blistering run of five straight birdies, faced a challenging green on the par-3 17th that broke twice - once from left and once right and downhill.
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