Grading the Zurich Classic
Billy Horschel and Bubba Watson get high marks, Keegan Bradley not so much.
It's really the easiest narrative of the year.
Let's jump back a few weeks -- the Tour stop was Houston, and Billy Horschel was rolling. He shot a final-round 66 to move into a tie with Henrik Stenson, one shot behind D.A. Points with one hole left to play.
Points made a monster par putt for an emphatic win, and Horschel trudged on to San Antonio. He led after 54 holes there but lost when Martin Laird shot a final-round 63.
On Sunday in Louisiana, though, it was Points watching Horschel with a one-shot lead on the final hole and Horschel finally closed the deal with an insane 20-foot birdie putt to hold off Points for a 64 and one-shot win.
Horschel talked to CBS after his win:
"It's something I worked so hard for. I hadn't made a long one all week and I said 'I'm due for a long one, I'm due for a long one.' It came off the putter so good and I'm so happy winning."
Here are our grades for the Zurich Classic:
A final-round 64 got Billy Horschel the win, and he wouldn't have wanted it any other way. The most overdue player on Tour finally got his first win and will vault to No. 3 in the FedEx Cup standings.
|A||I love D.A. Points' LEGO belt buckle more than his game, and I like his game a lot. He has two top twos in his last four events and played well enough to win in New Orleans. Here's to a few more Points-Horschel shows in 2013.|
|A||Tianlang Guan didn't finish the way that he probably wanted to (77-74 on Saturday and Sunday), but, goodness, what a story. The stat of the weekend is easily that it took Tiger Woods eight tries to make his first PGA Tour cut, and Guan made his first two.|
|B||Bubba Watson had quite an up-and-down week in New Orleans. First, he got to hang with his buddies from Duck Dynasty. Then he posted a 73-65 in the first two rounds to barely make the cut. Then he went 72-66 to finish in the top 15. Pretty streaky for the 2011 Zurich Classic champion.|
|F||Keegan Bradley couldn't make the same cut that a 14-year-old made. That is, the best 14-year-old in the world, but still.|
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