Stuard Wins First PGA Title at Rain-Shortened Zurich Classic
It might not have been the classic 72-hole masterpiece, but Brian Stuard had no problems with the way his first PGA victory panned out.
Stuard defeated Jamie Lovemark and Byeong-Hun An in a playoff to win a rain-shortened Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Monday.
All three men were tied at 15-under through three rounds, with the weather a factor on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Stuard defeated Lovemark in a tournament where he did not record a single bogey, and seemed to have the win in regulation until Lovemark and An both birdied No. 18.
Stuard previously had second-place finishes in 2010 and 2014. He raced to a big lead early with a 64 on Thursday, then watched the competition chip away at it.
An was nowhere near contention until the back nine on Sunday, when he fired off four birdies in five holes to get close.
American Bobby Wyatt nearly made it a four-man playoff with his late charge. After opening rounds of 67 and 71, he came alive and was 6-under at the turn on Sunday with an eagle and four birdies. He had two more birdies to open the back nine, then bogeyed 14 and 15 in succession to fall off the pace.
World No. 1 Jason Day finished tied for fifth at 13-under.