Golf: Horschel defeats Day on first play-off hole to win Byron Nelson after four straight missed cuts

Billy Horschel (left) goes to shake hands with Australia's Jason Day after beating Day in the play-off.
Billy Horschel (left) goes to shake hands with Australia's Jason Day after beating Day in the play-off. PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

(REUTERS) - Billy Horschel made a par putt on the first play-off hole to defeat Australian Jason Day at the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament in Texas on Sunday.

World No. 4 Day had a chance to extend play but missed a short par putt. The miss, from about four feet, was the first three-putt of the tournament for Day.

"I don't want to win like that," Horschel said after his first victory since 2014.

The win marked a major turnaround for the American, who had missed four consecutive cuts entering play at TPC Four Seasons.

"Four missed cuts to come in here and I played this well - someone is looking out for me," Horschel said.

They had ended on 12-under-par 268 in regulation. Day shot 68 for the round and Horschel 69.

Both players missed par putts on the last hole to force the play-off.

The world No. 44 made the turn at even par after a bogey at the ninth hole, while Day was one-under.

Both bogeyed the 12th, with Horschel adding another bogey at No. 13 before draining a 60-foot birdie putt at the 14th for a share of the lead.

Day responded by chipping in from 26 yards to birdie No. 15.

A birdie by Horschel on No. 16 helped set the stage for a play-off as both parred the final two holes.

Overnight leader James Hahn finished one stroke back on 269 after a 71 and fellow American Jason Kokrak was another stroke back.

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson tied for 13th at six-under after a final-round 69.

The tournament was the 35th and last at TPC Four Seasons in Irving, Texas. It will move to Trinity Forest Golf Club near Dallas.