Zurich Classic of New Orleans: Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy come from behind to win title

Last Updated April 30 2018, 08:24Golf
Kevin Kisner in action
Kevin Kisner in action

Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy produced the round of the day to come from three shots back to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana.

Leaderboard

-22 Horschel/Piercy

-21 Dufner/Perez

-18 Schwartzel/Oosthuizen

Day four report

Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy produced a brilliant round of the day to come from three shots back to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana.

The American pair started the day three shots behind overnight leaders Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown, but a flawless five-under 67 proved enough for victory in the foursomes format to finish on 22-under-par overall.

The chances of success looked slim following the second round foursomes, where they carded a one-over 73 but they responded in style over the weekend with a 61 in Saturday's fourballs before carding five birdies on Sunday.

Fellow American duo Jason Dufner and Pat Perez were one shot adrift in second, while South African pair Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen finished on 20-under-par for third.

England's Tommy Fleetwood and Chris Paisley were tied for fourth at 19-under, while Scottish pair Russell Knox and Martin Laird were two shots worse off in a share of seventh.

Kisner and Brown shot a five-over 77 to drop down to tied 15th with Ryder Cup duo Justin Rose of England and Sweden's Henrik Stenson finishing on 14-under-par overall.

Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell and England's Ian Poulter ended on 13-under and Irish duo Shane Lowry and Padraig Harrington finished two shots further back.

Day three report

Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown posted a combined eight-under 64 to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

The American pair, who finished runners-up in the team tournament in 2017, mixed 10 birdies with two bogeys in the best ball format at TPC Louisiana to move top of the leaderboard.

Tony Finau and Daniel Summerhays share second spot on 19 under alongside overnight leaders Michael Kim and Andrew Putnam, with Chesson Hadley and Brice Garnett a further shot back.

Scottish pair Russell Knox and Martin Laird are in in the group four off the pace that also includes Tommy Fleetwood and Chris Paisley, while 17 teams are within five shots of the lead heading into Sunday's final round.

Beginning the round one stroke behind, Kisner and Brown teamed up for five birdies over the first nine holes and added another at the par-five 11th.

Kisner cancelled out a blemish at the 12th with back-to-back birdies over his next two holes and bounced back from a bogey at the 15th to hole a 15-footer at the next, before Brown closed the round with a close-range gain at the last.

Finau and Summerhays had four consecutive birdies from the 14th hole to post a nine-under 63, while Putnam made five of his team's six birdies to keep him and Kim in contention.

Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson posted a seven-under 65 to stay within five of the lead, with Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter a further shot back.

Day two report

Michael Kim and Andrew Putnam shot a round of 69 to take the lead after day two of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

The two-man team event saw the Americans play a foursome format on Friday, with their 13-under-par total putting them one shot ahead of compatriots Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown.

Kim and Putnam made five birdies and only stumbled on the par-four fifth with a double-bogey, while Kisner and Brown, who last year lost in a playoff, carded a round of 70, making three birdies to finish a stroke back going into the weekend.

English duo Chris Paisley and Tommy Fleetwood started the day two shots off the lead but a disappointing round of 75 saw them end on seven-under overall and in joint 19th.

They did have something to cheer, though, as Paisley made a hole-in-one at the 221-yard third.

It was a disappointing day also for defending champions Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith, who did not make the cut after a round of 76, making consecutive double bogeys on eighth and ninth holes and adding one more on the 17th.

Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer suffered a similar fate when back-to-back double bogeys on the final two holes saw them miss the cut by one shot.

The Irish pair of Shane Lowry and Padraig Harrington were at six under, a shot behind Scottish duo Russell Knox and Martin Laird.

Meanwhile the Ryder Cup duo of Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson were at eight-under overall alongside Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell and Englishman Ian Poulter.

Day one report

Tommy Fleetwood and Chris Paisley combined for an opening round of 62 to sit just two shots off the lead after day one of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

The two-man team event saw the English duo playing in fourballs on Thursday and their 10 under par total put them into a share of third behind leading pairs Chez Reavie and Lucas Glover, and Xinjun Zhang and Zecheng Dou.

Fleetwood is the reigning Race to Dubai champion while Paisley claimed his first European Tour title earlier this year but both men are still waiting for their first professional wins in America.

Fleetwood birdied the fifth and ninth, Paisley made a gain on the sixth and both men birdied the second and seventh as they turned in 31.

It continued to be a real team effort on the back nine, with a Fleetwood birdie on the 12th sandwiched by Paisley gains on the tenth and 16th before Fleetwood completed a birdie-birdie finish.

"It's been kind of the best start to the year I've ever had," Paisley told pgatour.com. "It's been amazing.

"Hopefully I can just kind of keep it going. Maybe get my card over here. That would be great."

Former US Open champion Glover and fellow American Reavie made six birdies each in their 60 to sit alongside Chinese pair Zhang and Dou.

The Irish pair of Shane Lowry and Padraig Harrington were at nine under, a shot clear of Scottish duo Russell Knox and Martin Laird.

The Ryder Cup pairing of Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson were at seven under alongside Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter, and defending champions Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith.

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