Horschel back to winning ways with help from friend Piercy
Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy gave each other a timely boost of confidence to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the PGA Tour's only team event.
Horschel burst onto the scene in 2013, winning this event and finishing fourth in his first major championship at the US Open a few weeks later.
The following year he won back-to-back tournaments, including the big-money Tour Championship, edging out Rory McIlroy and Jim Furyk in the process.
But he’s failed to make the third round in three of his last four major appearances, including at Royal Birkdale last year.
This year hasn’t looked much better either, missing the cut in five of six events from the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-am through the Masters.
However, some words from the laid-back Piercy helped return him to the winners’ enclosure, one shot ahead of Jason Dufner and Pat Perez and two clear of Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen, with Tommy Fleetwood and Chris Paisley back in fourth, three shots back.
Foursomes format tests biggest names
The second round foursomes format in Louisiana certainly tested the world’s best - including Champion Golfer Jordan Spieth.
Spieth and partner Ryan Palmer were looking well placed until the world number three hit two shots that ended in water hazards - leading to double-bogeys at the final two holes.
And that meant they missed the weekend cut.
"I struggled with my swing really both days,” admitted Spieth. “I just didn't hit the ball well at all.
"We held it together for a while and then it finally just came out at the wrong time."
PGA champion Justin Thomas and Bud Cauley and Spaniards Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrero Bello were also among the high-profile casualties to miss the weekend's play.
Meanwhile, Spieth has announced he will skip the Wells Fargo Championship to focus on the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Florida the following week.
Rose teases close friend Stenson
Fans got a glimpse into the musical tastes of top stars in Louisiana.
The team format saw ‘walk-up’ music introduced for the final weekend, an opportunity that some players gleefully seized.
Justin Rose, a former winner of the event when it was an individual competition, was playing with close friend and 2016 Champion Golfer Henrik Stenson.
And the Olympic champion went with Spandau Ballet’s ‘Gold’ - giving him a chance to have some fun at the expense of Stenson, the silver medallist at Rio 2016.
Perhaps it was also revenge for Stenson’s jokes when Rose stripped to his underwear to play a recovery shot during the first round.
Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar, the runner-up at last year’s Open at Royal Birkdale, went with local favourite Louis Armstrong’s 'When the Saints Go Marching’.
And Tommy Fleetwood and partner Chris Paisley? It had to be Fleetwood Mac.
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Enroute to his first European Tour victory in China. pic.twitter.com/EqeVYqCsUq
Bjork holds nerve to win in Beijing
Alexander Bjork fired seven birdies in a flawless final round to claim his maiden European Tour title at the China Open.
The 27-year old Swede started the day one shot behind Spain’s Adrian Otaegui and England's Matt Wallace.
But he held his nerve while others faltered in Beijing.
"It's tough to describe the emotions," he said. “It's probably one of the best rounds of golf I ever played.
"I made pretty much no mistakes. I’ve been striking the ball so well off the tee and also into the greens all week. It's been so solid, it's easy to play a round when the swing is there.
"I had a really good feeling, I was less nervous than I usually am before a big final round. I felt confident almost all the way, I guess it was meant to be.”