Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy shot a bogey-free, final-round 67 to come from behind and win the 2018 Zurich Classic. The pair's round of 67 in the strenuous foursomes (alternate shot) format was the best of the week, leading to a one-shot victory over Jason Dufner and Pat Perez. Full scores
The win is Billy Horschel's 5th PGA Tour win and 2nd at the Zurich Classic and TPC Louisiana. Scott Piercy now has four wins on his career and his first since the 2015 Barbasol. While the Zurich doesn't give world ranking points or an invite to the Masters, it does earn a two-year exemption and FedEx Cup points.
Back in action
The last time we saw Tony Finau, he was hobbling around Augusta National after dislocating his ankle during the Masters Par 3 Contest. After three weeks of rehab, he and partner Daniel Summerhays were in contention on Sunday. The pair fired a disappointing final-round 73 to fall to 6th.
One year after launching the team format, the Zurich made another successful change. No, not the walk up music that needed some work, but rather the format, which moved the foursomes format to Sunday. The alternate shot requires both players to perform under pressure, and it also leads to a faster pace of play. With the New Orleans event regularly dealing with weather problems, it makes a great deal of sense. I'd love to see the Tour explore an alternate shot event in the future.
Challenging the best
One of the world's greatest major championship tests is Pinehurst #2. It's one of the toughest courses for the pros but remains extremely playable for the everyday golfer through its wide fairways and vexing greens. I examined the par-4 8th and how its spectacular green complex dictates the strategy back to the tee.
José de Jesús Rodriguez won the Web.com Tour's United Leasing Championship at the brutally tough Victoria National. Rodriguez's nickname is "El Cameron" (or “The Shrimp), and he finished at 6-under for the week, one shot better than Wyndham Clark and two better than Maverick McNealy and Kyoung-Hoon Lee. In total, only eight players finished better than par, and 35 rounds of 80 or worse were shot. Full scores
The Yolk with Doak: The Loop and its reversible design
The latest edition of our podcast series with golf course architect Tom Doak is in podcast feeds. In this episode, we dive into Tom's reversible golf course, The Loop at Forest Dunes. We talk about the inspiration for the revolutionary design, its unique challenges and much more. Listen to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher or the website.
Sweden's Alexander Bjork fired a final-round 65 to win his first European Tour title at the Volvo China Open. The 27-year-old's performance broke him away from a 6-way tie for the lead that he had started the day with. Bjork finished one shot better than Adrian Otaegui and two shots better than young star Jordan Smith and Spain's Jorge Campillo. Full scores
Ko claims a title
Lydia Ko won the LPGA's Mediheal Championship to earn her first win in nearly two years. Ko did so in thrilling fashion, making an eagle in a playoff to top Minjee Lee. Full scores
Campus update with Will Knights
Led by senior Nick Hardy, Illinois won its 4th consecutive Big Ten Championship on Sunday. Hardy shot a final-round 67 to win the tournament individually as well. Four Illini finished in the top 8. Ohio State gave Illinois a run for its money but ultimately came up short.
The SEC also wrapped up on Sunday, with the Auburn Tigers winning the team title. Auburn finished 4th in the stroke play portion of the tournament before beating Arkansas, LSU and Alabama in match play to claim the title. Florida’s Andy Zhang won the individual portion.
Teams will now wait for their regional assignments, which will help to determine the NCAA Championship field.