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Stuard Wins Playoff For Zurich Classic Title

Brian Stuard beat Jamie Lovemark on the second hole of a playoff Monday to capture his first PGA Tour win at the waterlogged Zurich Classic.


Stuard never bogeyed a hole throughout the tournament on the long (7,425-yard), par-72 TPC Louisiana course, which was drenched with more than 4 1/2 inches of rain during the tournament. Weather delays on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday not only forced a Monday finish but also led officials to shorten the tournament to 54 holes.


Lovemark, Stuard and Byeong-Hun An entered the playoff at 15 under par.


An unraveled on the first playoff hole and Lovemark on the second while Stuard remained steady, virtually clinching the win with a 160-yard approach to within 2 1/2 of the pin for an easy birdie putt.


Stuard's best previous PGA Tour finishes were a pair of second places in Mexico, one in 2010 and the other in 2014.


Lovemark came in with only five career top-10 finishes but four of those had come this season for the Californian.


Jason Day, the world's top-ranked player, wound up tied for fifth with Chris Kirk at 13 under.

Bobby Wyatt, a 23-year-old making his ninth PGA Tour start on a sponsor invitation, had a highlight-filled final round split between Sunday and Monday to nearly take his first victory.


He briefly surged into the lead with an eagle and six birdies on his first 13 holes. He made every green in regulation in his final round, but three-putts for bogeys on the par-3 14th and par-4 15th cost him.


The slow, waterlogged course rewarded players most adept at hitting long in the air off the tee and aiming right for the pin on approach shots. On many shots, balls hardly moved upon landing.


A PGA Tour event hadn't been shortened to three rounds since the 2013 Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua Golf Club.

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