Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Horschel trumps Day in play-off to win AT&T Byron Nelson

Horschel trumps Day in play-off to win AT&T Byron Nelson

AUSTRALIAN Jason Day has missed out on winning his first US PGA title in more than a year after defeat in a playoff at the Byron Nelson PGA tournament.

Since that win, Horschel has just nine top 10s in 63 events and came into this week's Nelson having missed his last four cuts in a row.

"He's just chill. Nothing really gets to him".

Horschel also got to the 16th green in two, and two-putted from 44 feet for a tying birdie.

With So Yeon Ryu finishing equal with Ko in 10th place and Aryia Jutanugarn in 19th this will allow Ko to survive for another week as the fierce rivalry at the top continues.

"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.

James Hahn, the first-round co-leader and third-round leader, shot a 71 and finished alone in third at 269.

Funk shot 72 to tie for fourth with Marco Dawson (66).

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World number one and U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson was firmly in contention after 36 holes this week, but he got caught in quicksand over the weekend to finish tied for 13th at six under.

For Horschel the win was a relief.

He'll leave TPC Four Seasons with a bitter taste in his mouth but also with plenty of confidence going forward. "I'm sort of speechless..." Ironically this was the last time the Byron Nelson will be contested over this course, after 35 seasons at Las Colinas. The event shifts next year to the new links-style Trinity Forest Golf Club south of downtown Dallas.

Lexi Thompson remained in position for her first victory since a rules infraction cost her a major title, shooting a 2-under 69 in tricky wind conditions Saturday to take a three-stroke lead over In Gee Chun into the final round of the Kingsmill Championship.

Par for the pair forced a playoff where Horschel would eventually make par again, Day had the chance to force a second playoff hole but would eventually 3 putt the 18 and hand the victory to Horschel. The American has been working hard on his swing and it was clear that Cassell realised that a good run of form wasn't too far away.

Day shot 2-under 68, one shot better than eventual victor Horschel in the final round, however a disappointing bogey on the par 4 12 hole, where he made par in the three rounds prior, pegged him back to an equal finish at the end of 72 holes.

"I got to try to get better from this experience and I feel good about my game".

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