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Stuard survives Zurich Monday finish with playoff victory

greenside picMonday Finish — PGA Tour – Zurich PGA TOUR LOGOClassic of New Orleans — TPC Louisiana — Avondale, Louisiana —

Rain hammered the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans, but did not dampen the drama down the stretch Monday at TPC Louisiana.

Coming into the week at No. 513 in the Official World Golf Ranking, Brian Stuard was certainly a long shot to win the title with just one Top 25 on his resume this season. His last Top 10 came more than a season ago in Arizona at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

But, the 33-year-old (15-under overall) outlasted Jamie Lovemark and Byeon-Hun An in a playoff to capture the Zurich Classic. Stuard, who opened with 64 in the first round, made birdie on the first playoff hole to seal the deal.

The event, shortened to 54 holes due to weather, showcased its flair with a drama-zurich-classic-bettingfilled final Monday morning with several contenders making a play for the triumph including World No. 1 Jason Day, who ended up T-5 alongside Chris Kirk at 13-under. Both might have benefited from a chance at a fourth round.

For An, he was the primed to breakthrough in America. The 24-year-old won the coveted European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship last season and logged Top 5 finishes at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship and the Omega Dubai Desert Classic earlier this year to move up to 31st in the world ranking.

Other Golf News:

  • Haotong Li captured the European Tour’s Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf & eurotourlogoCountry Club in Beijing. His final-round 64 moved him to 22-under for a three-shot win. He was 7th last fall at the WGC-HSBC Champions and previously a runner-up finisher at the Shenzhen International in 2015.
  • Lovemark, 28, logged his 5th Top 10 of the season with his runner-up finish in New Orleans.
  • Jenny Shin rallied for her first LPGA Tour Sunday. She claimed the LPGA Tour’s Volunteers of American Texas Shootout.
  • John Daly, the two-time major champion, debuts this week on the PGA Tour Champions.