One of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour over the last calendar year finally has his first win. Billy Horschel’s dazzling final round 64 allowed him to hold off a hot charging D.A. Points to win the Zurich Classic ofNew Orleans. Horschel has now made 23 consecutive cuts, the longest active streak on Tour. Here’s how the points shaped up as far as the league was concerned.
After going 32 weeks without a win (only four short of the league record), Brent has now has two victories in the last three weeks thanks to the Horschel triumph. Horschel has earned a top ten in his last four starts, and has been the catalyst in turning Brent’s season around. The 26-year-old Florida native is averaging more than 53 points a start in his last four appearances (all tier 1’s). Brent has owned him for the last 3. Brent moved into first place in the standings for the first time in more than three years week totalling 105, with a top 50 finish from Rickie Fowler adding to his total.
We go from first to worst to find the second highest finisher in this week’s rundown. Dave used a second place finish from D.A. Points to put up a very solid 80 points. Points was looking to join Tiger Woods as the only player to have multiple wins on the tour this year, but came up just one stroke short. Good ole’ D.A. has been a pleasant surprise for Dave this year, as man picked in the penultimate round has managed a solid 165 points on the year. Other point makers for Dave this week included Justin Rose with 15, the enigmatic Retief Goosen with 10, and David Toms with 5.
Lawrence scored 40 points this week, but he may be thinking more about what was left on the bench, than what was scored. Lawrence left 35 points on the bench in Harris English (25) and Ken Duke (10). But let’s look at the positives. Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts scored a top ten, while Nick Watney picked up a top 15. Keegan Bradley was among three players on the roster who put up goose eggs. After a streak of 4 straight top tens, Bradley has put up zeroes in his last two starts.
It was a bit of a disappointing top ten for Team Fuchs. Jimmy Walker held the lead by himself for a brief time after the sixth hole, before fading down the stretch, and only cracking 25 points. The rest of the Fuchs’ team couldn’t give Walker any support, so remains in fourth place in the standings, 125 out of a podium position.
Bryce saw his spot atop the standings disappear not only because of Brent’s win, but also because of a mediocre showing from his team. Speaking of mediocre, that’s been the name of Ernie Els game this season. He picked up 15 points in the Bayou bringing his season total to an underwhelming 95 points on the season. Matt Every scored a top 50 to bring Bryce’s total for the week to 20. It looks like Bryce and Brent could be in for an epic fight to the finish for first place.
Finally, it was a tough weekend over at the Hiebert house. James managed 10 points, while Beast could only put 5. Both remain in sixth and third place respectively.