Bill Horschel has won the AT&T Byron Nelson, beating Jason Day on the first sudden-death playoff hole.
Jason Day is looking like the Day of old. Healthy, happy and with the fire back in the belly it looked like Day would take out the AT&T Byron Nelson no matter who was around him and how wayward he was off the tee.
A day after sending the galleries into raptures after holing a monster 60-foot putt for birdie, and an hour after doing the same thing with a hole-out chip-shot, Day found himself in a sudden-death playoff with American Billy Horschel. Ranked 76 in the world, Horschel had three PGA Tour wins to his name with the last one coming in 2014 but with Day surging an epic finish was now on the cards.
But it wasn’t quite the epic finish everyone expected.
Like many modern American golf courses, the par-4 18th hole at TPC Four Seasons Resort features a water hazard down the left hand side. The dog-leg left saw most players had to lay-up off the tee meaning the playoff hole became a short-iron shootout.
Both Horschel and Day found the green with their second shots. Day pushed his birdie attempt three-feet past the hole while Horschel left his winning putt just short.
Everything looked like we were going to a second extra hole until Day unexpectedly missed the three-foot par putt coming back, his first three-putt for the week.
Billy Horschel was the AT&T Byron Nelson winner.
Earlier Jason Day’s incredible hole-out for birdie to take the lead on the 16th hole was very nearly forgotten after James Hahn went within millimetres of an unlikely eagle on the last hole to force his way into the playoff.
Hahn spent most of the final round a few shots behind the leaders after an early opening bogey and needed something special at the final hole. And he almost pulled off the greatest shot of the week.
.@JamesHahnPGA needed to hole THIS to have a chance at a playoff.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 21, 2017