May 2nd, 2016
Stuard wins maiden victory at rain delayed Zurich Classic
Beats Lovemark & Byeong-Hun An in play off
Words: John Dean Photography: Getty Images
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.