Horschel beats Day in playoff at AT&T Byron Nelson

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World No. 1 Jason Day missed a short putt at the first extra hole at the AT&T Byron Nelson on Sunday in Texas, handing victory to Billy Horschel.

The tournament went to extra holes after both players finished at 12-under par.

Back at the site of his maiden PGA Tour win in 2010, Day was in contention for the first time for a while, and took the lead on the 15th hole when he chipped in.

His playing partner Horschel answered with a birdie on the par-5 16th to gain a share of the lead at 12 under, but looked nervous over the final few holes, missing the 18th green to rob himself of a birdie chance.

James Hahn came close to holing out with his approach shot on the 18th which would have seen him tie the leaders, but had to settle for a birdie that left him in third.

Horschel and Day both missed birdie chances at 18, making pars to take the tournament to a playoff.

Playing the 18th hole again, both Day and Horschel were left with long birdie putts after missing the fairway off the tee. Day nearly holed a 50-footer, leaving himself a four-foot putt for par while Horschel hit his 17-footer close enough to tap in for par. Day, needing to hole out in order to extend the playoff, pulled the putt left, handing the win to Horschel.

The win was Horschel’s fourth career PGA Tour title, and his first since 2014.

 

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