Horschel's approach on 18 found its way 26 feet from the hole, and though Day was closer with a makeable 18-foot putt, both missed and entered a playoff. Everyone, including Horschel, expected the former No. 1 to make it.
"It's sad that it's leaving because I was never a fan of this course, but came here and now I am", Horschel said.
"Seemed like it was on auto pilot today, which was nice for a change", Day said.
"Tell me what my tee time is and I'll just show up".
The hole that ultimately cost Day a chance to win was his lone three-putt of the week. I can't just lag it down there two feet short and. You always want to win with a birdie on the last hole. The fourth-ranked player in the world was tied for third with Jason Kokrak, who shot 72 after setting a Nelson 36-hole record with a five-stroke lead. "It's the way the game of golf goes sometimes".
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.
"Everything was kind of clicking", Day said after the round, per the PGA Tour. I was just making mistake after mistake.
James Hahn is hopefully going to build on this third place finish and get into a bit of a rhythm now.More news: Trump administration Signals It Will Soon End
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Spain's Garcia, who won the Masters last month, carded a six-under-par 64 to go eight under par, tied for sixth. All three players bogeyed the par-4 12th. Instead, Day shockingly pulled his attempt left, clinching a surprise victory for Horschel, who immediately burst into tears on the green.
Day, meanwhile, parred Nos.
The Queenslander looked to be heading to a victory when his chip shot over a bunker on the 15th hole toom him to a one-shot lead.
"I was a little shaky out there with the putter".
"Jason didn't have his best game out there, and I know I didn't, but we both battled". Everything is coming along nicely. Hahn couldn't quite hold on despite nearly holing out a magnificent shot on the 72nd hole and missed a playoff with Horschel and Day who finished tied at 12-under.
It was not exactly a heavyweight duel down the stretch, but Horschel got a victory he badly needed and set himself up for the next few years on the PGA Tour. He cleaned up his birdie for a final-round 71, finishing at 11 under in solo third. Taylor was 9 under in his final two rounds combined. The event shifts next year to the new links-style Trinity Forest Golf Club south of downtown Dallas.
Starting next year, Bush's Wounded Warrior Golf Tournament will be part of Byron Nelson week in North Texas. He reached the pinnacle of his golfing career in 1945, winning 18 tournaments, including a record 11-tournament winning streak. The top 60 in the world after this week receive an exemption into the U.S. Open.