The duo of Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy achieved that goal and more, combining to forge a 5-under-par 67 in the final round to finish at 22-under 266 and claim a one-stroke victory at the TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., on a warm and partly cloudy afternoon just south of the Crescent City.
"Seeing his ball go in the hole time after time, it gave me sort of an inner fire to want to do the same thing because I haven't been doing that this year". He's now won for the fifth time while Piercy garnered his fourth Tour victory. Piercy said. "I was kind of zoned out out there, but I knew my partner was hitting good shots".
"Our games match really well", Horschel said of his partner.
Heading into the final round, Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown, the 2017 runners-up in a playoff, topped a crowded leaderboard that featured 13 teams within four shots of the lead.
"The greens are rolling nice and I felt pretty good with the putter all week", Kisner said. " 'If we can keep a clean card, we're going to have a chance to win.' We did that". Then they played well in alternate shot with the same 2-under 70 score (which was actually two strokes better than the Friday scoring average), but it wasn't enough to make the weekend.
Ko won her 15th LPGA Tour title and first since July 2016, a 43-event stretch marked by changes in instructors, caddies and equipment. After back-to-back birdies at Nos.
Horschel and Piercy completed a steady round with seven pars in a row. 10 and 11, they parred out.
Perez and Dufner needed to get up and down for birdie on the last to force a playoff, but Perez' bunker shot left Dufner with a 14-footer to join the lead, and they ultimately had to settle for a par and second place in New Orleans.
Horschel, who might get hotter than anybody else on the PGA Tour, punctuated the par with a fist pump and then leapt into the air on No. 18 when his long birdie bid almost fell. Their fellow Americans Dufner and Perez made it tight with a closing 68 but Dufner came up short with a 14-foot putt at the last which would have forced a tie. He did, curling the ball around the cup before it ducked in. "Just wanted to take a little trip around the hole once or twice to soak it in".