Hahn leads, Garcia sixth at Byron Nelson golf

Ross Houston
June 4, 2017

Horschel came into the tournament having missed four consecutive cuts but turned his fortunes around with some incredible putting at the TPC Four Seasons resort near Dallas.

In the 2016-17 season his nine previous starts had included two missed cuts and just one top-10 finish, his tied-fifth at the Pebble Beach Invitational. Horschel would make a number of key putts over the next few holes, including a two-putt birdie from 46 feet on the 16th, and another from 98 feet on the 17th. But Sunday, he was in a mood to celebrate.

Billy Horschel won his first tournament since winning the BMW Championship and Tour Championship in 2014 that ultimately helped him capture a FedExCup title. "I'm sort of speechless". "But I put some good strokes on a lot of my putts, so that's all that matters. To come in here after missing four straight cuts, with no type of momentum ... it's incredible".

Day, who got the first of his 10 PGA Tour victories at the 2010 Nelson, had the lead alone only once. But in a playoff situation, Day did what he had to do.

"It's going in the right direction", Hahn said. Can you imagine if this would have gone to get him in a playoff, and he would have gone on to eventually win? "I didn't expect him to miss it". Defending champion Bernhard Langer, who shot a 66, and Scott McCarron (69) are two shots back. 15, 16, 3, 7 and 9) and no bogeys on the day. "That was my best chance of making a 2 and getting into the playoff".

Hahn nearly got to 12 under when his approach from 122 yards at the 18th hit on the green, spun back and skimmed over the edge of the cup. Had the eagle fallen, Hahn would have joined the Day-Horschel playoff.

His three-day total of 19-under 195 is one stroke better than Andrew Yun, Xinjun Zhang and Tyler Duncan. But he was as quickly out of contention after giving back four strokes in a three-hole stretch early in the final round when he missed three putts of 5 feet or less on Nos. 2-4.

"Just hit it too hard", he said afterwards.

"I knew I had to throw it back there", Hahn said. "I wish I would have made a couple more putts today ..."

As a result, Horschel walked away with a trophy from a course he never learned to love ... until Sunday.

"I came here (without) any type of momentum, and the only thing I can hang my hat on was my practice sessions for the last several months have (gone) well leading to the tournaments", Horschel said.

Come here, I felt at peace. You always want to win with a birdie on the last hole.

But he must for next year's title defense.

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