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May 2nd, 2016

Stuard wins maiden victory at rain delayed Zurich Classic

Beats Lovemark & Byeong-Hun An in play off

Brian Stuard has won the weather-disrupted Zurich Classic, which had a Monday finish. He held on to claim his maiden PGA Tour victory in a three-way playoff.

Stuard finished 15-under-par, and level with Jamie Lovemark and South Korea's Byeong-Hun An after officials had reduced the New Orleans based tournament to 54 holes following numerous weather interruptions.

The 33-year-old from Michigan’s victory came on the second hole of sudden death, when he playing a superb approach shot on the par-five 18th to leave himself with a two-foot birdie putt.

Lovemark's third shot flew off to the side of the green, which left him with a difficult up and down on a rain sodden TPC Louisiana, which he could not pull off.

Byeong-Hun An had been eliminated on the first sudden death playoff hole when he carded a bogey six.

The win earned Stuard a tidy $1.26 million in prize money and exemptions to next year's PGA Tour and the Masters.

"I'm happy with the way I hung in there," Stuard said after his win.

"I didn't play too good this morning. I just kind of hung in there. My short game was awesome, my putter was great. Winning this week makes this year and next year easy I guess," he added.

Too right Brian: the bacon has well and truly been bought home.



TAGS: PGA Tour, Zurich Classic, News, 2016