Billy Horschel Beats Jason Day in Playoff at Nelson PDF Print E-mail


Billy Horschel celebrates with the trophy after defeating Jason Day at the AT&T Byron Nelson

Irving, Texas - The AT&T Byron Nelson has had it's fair share of playoffs to determine

a champion over the years (21 to be exact) and the 2017 version was no different.

On the final hole of regulation 54 hole leader James Hahn needed to hole out from the

fairway to reach -12 and join Jason Day and Billy Horschel in sudden death, and nearly

did - his wedge shot flew just past the cup, spun back and lipped out of the hole nearly

pulling off the unlikely feat . He finished third at -10 after a final round 71. Horschel

shot 69 Sunday playing in the same group with Hahn.



The playoff didn't last long. Horschel had a 17' 6'' downhill attempt for birdie that

came up just inches short, he tapped in and waited as Jason Day had a short 3' 9"

putt for his par. Either Day misread the break or made a poor stroke, but regardless

it missed left and suddenly Billy Horschel was a winner again (for the first time since

winning the Fedex Cup finale at East Lake in 2014.

"I never want to win when an opponent like Jason misses a short putt like that,"

Horschel said. Listen, I've missed a short putt not too long ago to lose a playoff.

I know the feeling. You always want to win with a birdie on the last hole. It's the

way the game of golf goes sometimes."


Next year the AT&T Byron Nelson moves to the highly acclaimed new Coore/

Crenshaw design at Trinity Forest.