Stuard wins in New Orleans after playoff

Reuters News
Posted: May 02, 2016 12:36 PM

(Reuters) - Journeyman Brian Stuard clinched his first PGA Tour title with a gripping playoff victory over fellow American Jamie Lovemark and South Korean An Byeong-hun at the weather-plagued Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Monday.

The 33-year-old Stuard sealed the win on the second extra hole at the TPC Louisiana, the par-five 18th, after laying up in two, hitting a superb third shot to three feet and knocking in the birdie putt.

Lovemark parred the hole after overshooting the green with his second and failing to reach the putting surface with his third.

An was ousted from the playoff after recording a bogey on the first extra hole, also the 18th.

The trio had finished the 54 regulation holes at 15-under-201, An firing a seven-under 65, Stuard a 69 and Lovemark closing with a 68 after three-putting the final hole for a par.

(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Frank Pingue)