The 26-year-old pro hasn't missed a cut on the PGA Tour since the Byron Nelson last May, and has been on some run the last month. After a final round 85 at Bay Hill dropped him 50 spots on the leaderboard, Horschel found his game, carding three straight top-nine finishes heading into New Orleans.
Horschel needed a special final round to give himself a chance at breaking up a crowded leaderboard and did just that on Sunday when he carded a round of 64 that included a stretch of seven birdies over eight holes, but it was his putt on the 18th green that put him in the winner's circle for the first time in his career.
The putt was a lengthy one, but Horschel calmly knocked it right in the side of the cup for his ninth birdie of the day and a one shot victory.
It will be tough for someone to beat the reaction of Adam Scott when he drained that birdie putt on the 72nd hole at the Masters, but the way Horschel celebrated was just about as good as it gets. The putt dropped, he had his first win, and he fist pumped his way into his first ever Augusta National invite.
Great putt, even better reaction, and Horschel might have just passed Mr. Woods as the best playing golfer on the planet right now.
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