PGA Tour

Stuard clinches maiden PGA Tour win

2016-05-02 19:31
Brian Stuard (Getty)

Los Angeles - Brian Stuard won the weather-disrupted Zurich Classic on Monday, holding his nerve to claim a maiden PGA Tour victory in a three-way playoff.

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

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

Lovemark's hopes faded after his third shot flew off to the side of the green leaving himself a difficult up and down at a sodden TPC Louisiana.

Korea's An had been eliminated on the first playoff hole after carding a bogey six.

The win earned Stuard a cool $1.26 million in prize money as well as 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.

Leading scores after Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana on Monday. Tournament reduced to 54 holes after weather interrupted play:

201 - Brian Stuard 64-68-69, Jamie Lovemark 67-66-68, An Byeong-Hun (KOR) 68-68-65

202 - Bobby Wyatt 67-71-64

203 - Chris Kirk 71-67-65, Jason Day (AUS) 69-68-66, Jhonattan Vegas (VEN) 64-69-70

205 - Patton Kizzire 67-70-68, Harold Varner III 69-67-69

206 - Charley Hoffman 67-73-66, Scott Stallings 72-68-66, Stuart Appleby 69-70-67, Charles Howell III 67-69-70

Note: Stuard wins on second hole of three-way sudden death playoff.

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