How it Happened: Horschel grabs first Tour win

Billy Horschel during the final round of the 2013 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Billy Horschel during the final round of the 2013 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

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Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Avondale, LA - TPC Louisiana

7:29:52 AM ET. 04/24/2014




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Looking to improve on his season-best T-4 finish last month in the Honda Classic, Lucas Glover took aim at his first win since 2011 during the final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

But it was Billy Horschel who took home an even bigger career milestone: His first PGA Tour win.

Tee times had been pushed earlier at TPC Louisiana – golfers teed off of both nines and are playing in threesomes because of the threat of bad weather this afternoon in Avondale, La. – so Glover began at 10:01 a.m. EDT with Kyle Stanley and Jimmy Walker, among four golfers to start the day tied for second and two shots back.

Fourteen-year-old amateur Tianlang Guan also teed off at 10:01 a.m., starting at the 10th tee after his third-round 77 pushed him to the back of the field. He finished 2 over for the round, 4 over for the week.

Here's how it all unfolded at TPC Louisiana – and scroll down for our coverage from earlier this week:

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Update No. 52: 6:50 p.m. EDT

The footnote comes from Kyle Stanley and the day's final group, even as former Florida Gators including Chris DiMarco congratulate first-time Tour winner Billy Horschel. Stanley pitches his third shot close and knocking in the short putt for birdie, finishing solo in third place at 17 under. Second- and third-round leader Lucas Glover makes his seventh straight par to finish T-4 at 15 under. Jimmy Walker, who led briefly today as he also chased his first Tour win, ends his day with a par and finishes at 13 under, good for T-8.

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Update No. 51: 6:39 p.m. EDT

From the front bunker, second-place D.A. Points gets to about 3 feet for his birdie putt. But there will be no more drama.

On in three from the fairway, Billy Horschel sinks a birdie putt of about 20 feet to lock up his first PGA Tour career win at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Horschel wraps up an 8-under 64 that he closed out with nine birdies and a bogey over the final 14 holes.

Points makes his short birdie effort to lock up second place at 19 under.

"It's something I've worked so hard for," Horschel said. "There's so many people I need to thank, and they all know who they are.

"That putt to go in I hadn't made a long one all week . . . and I said, 'I'm due for a long one, I'm due for a long one.' "

Horschel has the longest active cuts-made streak on Tour, now punctuated by a win.

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Update No. 50: 6:34 p.m. EDT

Leader Billy Horschel lays up his second shot from the rough on the par-5 18th, and his wedge in finds the green but stops about a half-club short of the pin. Second-place D.A. Points, his tee ball having found the fairway, goes for the green and finds the front bunker.

On No. 17, Kyle Stanley's birdie putt just misses low and he taps in for par to remain three back as he heads to the last tee.

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Update No. 49: 6:29 p.m. EDT

If Billy Horschel can maintain his lead from the rough at No. 18, he'd claim his first PGA Tour victory. Horschel finished T-2 at the Shell Houston Open this year. Second-place D.A. Points, who's a shot back, has two career wins, at the AT&T Pebble Beach and the Shell Houston Open. Kyle Stanley, another shot back in third, has a win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open last year.

The horn sounds and play resumes.

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Update No. 48: 6:11 p.m. EDT

Let's recap the nine players remaining on the course, six of whom will face a putt when they return to action:

Billy Horschel (19 under, leader): 7 under through 17 today. He's in the left rough laying two when play resumes.

D.A. Points (18 under, 2nd): 6 under through 17 today. He's in the fairway off the tee and will weigh whether to go for it from 260-plus, with water to the right of the green, when play resumes.

Kyle Stanley (16 under, 3rd): 4 under through 16 today. Shot 67-65 in the second and third rounds. He was standing over a birdie attempt when the horn blew, prompting him to mark.

Lucas Glover (15 under, T-4): 1 under through 16 today. The second- and third-round leader has leaned on his 65-67 start to the tournament. He faces a try for par when play resumes.

Jimmy Walker (13 under, T-8): 1 under through 16 today. A first-round 67 and third-round 66 got him in the thick of things. He's likely to tap in for par when play resumes.

Henrik Norlander (12 under, T-14): 2 under through 17 today. Norlander vaulted into contention with a 65 Saturday. He's on the green and should tap in for par when play resumes.

Ken Looper (12 under, T-14): 2 under through 17 today. Looper qualified on Monday, then opened with a 73 but followed with 66-67 to get into the mix. He's on the green facing a par putt when play resumes.

Kevin Stadler (12 under, T-14): 1 under through 17 today. Stadler fired a 65 yesterday to get into the mix. He is in the left rough hitting two when play resumes.

Ricky Barnes (8 under, T-42): 2 over through 17 today. Barnes was the first-round leader with a 64, but was over par Friday and will finish over par again today. On the 18th green, Barnes faces a birdie putt when play resumes.

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Update No. 47: 5:43 p.m. EDT

A look at the top of the leaderboard yields this tidbit: Among those T-8 or better, only Lucas Glover and Jimmy Walker (both 1 under par) are shooting worse than 4 under today.

The PGA Tour says that the day's second weather delay is "expected to be of short duration" – with the final group on the 17th green at about 4:40 local time, that bodes well for a Sunday finish.

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Update No. 46: 5:39 p.m. EDT

It's a duel on the par-5 18th for leader Billy Horschel and playing partner D.A. Points, who's one shot back. Horschel faces a bit of a wait before he can tee off, then sends one into the left rough but in decent shape. Points finds the fairway.

The duel has an unexpected element of suspense, too – play has been suspended for the second time today.

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Update No. 45: 5:36 p.m. EDT

Fourteen-year-old amateur Tianlang Guan of China misses the par-3 No. 9 green long, then pitches to about 5 feet. His putt barely misses and he finishes with a 74, ending the week 4 over par. Guan has said he'll try to qualify for the U.S. Open.

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Update No. 44: 5:27 p.m. EDT

Leader Billy Horschel gives himself a birdie look at No. 17 that can make the tournament his to lose as playing partner D.A. Points, in second place, misses the green. Horschel two-putts for par, though, and Points' up-and-down effort succeeds to keep the two at 19 and 18 under, respectively, heading to the par-5 18th.

Boo Weekley birdies that 18th hole to close out a 68 and finish his day T-6 at 14 under.

Tianlang Guan pars again, his fourth in a row, at No. 8. He heads to his final hole of the day, the par-3 No. 9, at 3 over.

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Update No. 43: 5:16 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel is your leader again after a birdie at No. 16; playing partner D.A. Points makes his third straight par and is one shot back. Also with pars: Kyle Stanley to stay 16 under and Lucas Glover to stay 15 under at No. 15, as well as Bobby Gates at No. 18 to end his day at 15 under with a 66.

Tianlang Guan pars again to remain 3 over, his putt at No. 7 giving him three in a row. Jonas Blixt, by the way, birdied Nos. 7-8 to move back to 1 over.

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Update No. 42: 5:05 p.m. EDT

Defending champ Jason Dufner wraps up his title defense with a birdie at the par-5 18th – which could soon play host to fireworks between co-leaders Billy Horschel and D.A. Points. Dufner's birdie gets him back to even par for the round and 8 under for the week at T-42.

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Update No. 41: 4:56 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel finds trouble and D.A. Points finds the green on their approaches at No. 15. Points two-putts to claim a share of the lead after Horschel takes 3 to get in and bogeys to drop to 18 under.

At No. 14, a second straight birdie for Kyle Stanley takes him to third place at 16 under.

Another par for Tianlang Guan, at No. 6, keeps him at 3 over with 3 to play, 1 over today. He's tied with Jonas Blixt, who suffered a bogey-double bogey-bogey stretch from Nos. 3-5 and is 5 over today.

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Update No. 40: 4:42 p.m. EDT

Pars for Billy Horschel and D.A. Points at the 14th keep them at 19 and 18 under, respectively. Jimmy Walker falls a shot back with a bogey at the 13th, joining Bobby Gates and Kyle Stanley in T-4 at 14 under, while Lucas Glover pars to stay at 15 under and stand alone in third place.

Joey Snyder III wraps up a 66, the second-lowest round of the day, with three straight birdies and five on his last six holes. Snyder is T-17 at 11 under.

Tianlang Guan pars the 5th to remain 3 over with four holes to play.

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Update No. 39: 4:30 p.m. EDT

Leader Billy Horschel gives himself another good birdie opportunity at No. 13, but the putt slides by the left side. He stands at 19 under – and his lead shrinks to one as playing partner D.A. Points birdies the hole.

Jimmy Walker makes a birdie putt at No. 12 to move into third place, where he's tied with playing partner Lucas Glover.

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Update No. 38: 4:23 p.m. EDT

Ernie Els ends his day with a short birdie putt at the par-5 18th to finish with a 68 at 12 under, good for T-12 as he heads to the clubhouse.

Aaron Watkins, 7 under for the day as leader Billy Horschel is right now, finishes with a birdie at the par-3 9th. Watkins cards the first 65 of the day, good for T-8.

Tianlang Guan birdies at the par-4 4th – holing out from the bunker – to get to 3 over with five holes to play.

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Update No. 37: 4:11 p.m. EDT

Even the bounces are going Billy Horschel's way, as he misses right but kicks onto the putting surface at No. 12. He faces a tricky birdie putt of about 12 feet and knocks it in to extend his lead to three, but only for a moment as D.A. Points also birdies to pull back within two.

Lucas Glover makes his second straight birdie to move to 15 under for the first time this week, alone in third place. Kyle Stanley and Boo Weekley birdie at Nos. 11 and 13, respectively, to get to 14 under.

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Update No. 36: 4:04 p.m. EDT

It's a pretty good day to be a former LSU Tiger playing in the bayou: John Peterson (-12) is 4 under through 17, David Toms (-6) birdies No. 4 to get to 3 under through 13 and Monday qualifier Ken Looper (-12) is 2 under through 11.

Fourteen-year-old amateur Tianlang Guan cards his third straight par at No. 2 to remain 4 over. His tee ball finds the green at the par-3 No. 3 hole but will leave him a long birdie attempt; he two-putts for another par.

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Update No. 35: 3:57 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel gives himself another short birdie opportunity – and converts – moving to 18 under with his fifth straight birdie at No. 11. Playing partner D.A. Points also birdies to stay two back.

Bubba Watson makes his birdie putt at No. 9 to end his round with a 66 that gets him to 12 under and T-10.

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Update No. 34: 3:46 p.m. EDT

Away from the lead, Bubba Watson cards back-to-back birdies at Nos. 7-8 after six straight pars; he's at 11 under as he heads to finish his round at No. 9.

Boo Weekley eagles No. 11 to move to 14 under, T-3 with Jimmy Walker – and now Bobby Gates, who birdies Nos. 11 and 12.

Tianlang Guan pars No. 1 to remain 4 over, still the only player in the field who made the cut and is not under par.

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Update No. 33: 3:37 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel pulls ahead again with a birdie at No. 10 – his fourth in a row and five in six holes extending back before the rain delay – getting to 17 under. Jimmy Walker struggles around the par-3 No. 9 green, a double bogey dropping him to 14 under.

Horschel leads by two over playing partner D.A. Points, who also birdies No. 10.

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Update No. 32: 3:26 p.m. EDT

Jimmy Walker says turnabout is fair play, it would seem, nabbing a birdie at No. 8 to rejoin Billy Horschel in the lead, the two now at 16 under. D.A. Points has third place to himself after back-to-back pars. Third-round leader Lucas Glover steadies himself with a par at No. 8 to remain at 13 under, now three shots back and tied with Kyle Stanley.

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Update No. 31: 3:19 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel is taking charge – his third straight birdie comes thanks to about a 6-foot putt at No. 9 to take the lead outright at 16 under, one ahead of Jimmy Walker.

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Update No. 30: 3:09 p.m. EDT

Jimmy Walker takes the lead outright, leaping over Lucas Glover, Billy Horschel and D.A. Points with an eagle at No. 7. Glover, on the other hand, needs four shots to get on the green and two-putts for a bogey that drops him another shot back of Walker's lead.

Billy Horschel answers Walker with a birdie at No. 8 to quickly rejoin the lead at 15 under.

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Update No. 29: 3:03 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel and D.A. Points catch Lucas Glover, creating a three-way tie for the lead as their second birdies of the day come at the par-5 No. 7 hole.

Tianlang Guan gives back his only birdie of the day with a bogey at No. 17, after missing the par-3 green and needing three to get down, taking him back to 4 over for the tournament.

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Update No. 28: 2:56 p.m. EDT

The delay suited some of these guys pretty well. Nicolas Colsaerts moves to 12 under with a birdie, his second in a row and fifth of the day.

Leaader Lucas Glover, who has yet to find a birdie on a day seemingly full of them, drives it into the rough on the par-5 No. 7 hole.

Three more golfers move to 11 under: Ernie Els, with his third straight birdie coming at No. 13; Richard H. Lee, with a birdie at No. 11; and Nick Watney, with a birdie at No. 9, his third in a row to follow back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 5-6.

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Update No. 27: 2:49 p.m. EDT

D.H. Lee makes a birdie at No. 10 to jump to 12 under – and Henrik Norlander does the same at No. 7. They join four others at T-6. Four golfers remain at 11 under: Nicolas Colsaerts, Justin Rose, Kevin Stadler and Aaron Watkins.

The break does Tianlang Guan some good on the par-4 16th, as he hits his approach to within 3 feet of the pin and makes his first birdie of the day. He's now 3 over for the tournament.

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Update No. 26: 2:41 p.m. EDT

Bobby Gates and Luke Guthrie birdie the 8th hole to pull within two of the lead at 12 under, T-6 with Ken Looper and Kyle Stanley.

Lucas Glover wraps up his par at the 6th to remain 14 under with a 1-shot lead.

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Update No. 24: 2:35 p.m. EDT

The horn sounds to resume play.

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Update No. 23: 2:07 p.m. EDT

The PGA Tour and the tournament have announced that play will resume at 2:30 EDT (1:30 local time), at which point play will have been suspended 3 hours, 7 minutes.

The Tour says an inch of rain fell at the course. Weather.com says to expect dry conditions for the next six hours.

Lucas Glover, looking for his fourth win on Tour, leads by a stroke over Billy Horschel, D.A. Points, Jimmy Walker and Boo Weekley.

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Update No. 22: 12:28 p.m. EDT

Catching up with a few notables on their play before things came to a halt:

Tianlang Guan made a nice birdie putt of close to 20 feet to card his third par in a row at No. 15. Through six holes, he's 2 over for the day and the only player over par at 4 over.

Defending champion Jason Dufner has parred every hole except No. 3, which he double bogeyed. Dufner is 6 over and T-47, with a 5-footer for par remaining on No. 9 when play resumes.

2011 champ Bubba Watson has parred all four holes since he made the turn. After going 3 under on Nos. 10-18, he's 9 under and T-22.

Former LSU player John Peterson has carded only two pars today through 10 holes. Peterson has five birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey to stand 1 under for the day, 9 under overall.

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Update No. 21: 12:12 p.m. EDT

What's bound to happen during a stoppage in play? Activity on social media. Several players and Tour figures took to Twitter. Here are a few posts:

Chris Kirk (@Chris_Kirk_): "Lots of Sunday rain delays so far this year. Glad they did the right thing and got us out here early today."

Rickie Fowler (@RickieFowlerPGA): "Rain delay...now they sound the alarm!" #GolfBoys instagram.com/p/Yp42RxQuz5/"

Nick Faldo (@NickFaldo006): "Your looking live at 18! #ZurichClassic @GOLFonCBS #Nasty yfrog.com/obwf3ymj"

Butch Harmon (@43BH): "Weather delay in NO, just talked to Jimmy Walker he said looks like 30 min - I hour delay."

Zurich Classic (@Zurich_Classic): "Coming down pretty hard now with dark clouds and lighting coming from the South West. pic.twitter.com/9yXw6qDFbn"

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Update No. 20: 11:35 a.m. EDT

Play has been suspended due to bad weather in the area. Let's reset the leaderboard:

Lucas Glover, 14 under: The leader has five pars in five holes and is on the green at No. 6 as play stops.

Billy Horschel, 13 under: In a four-way tie for second, Horschel has a birdie at No. 5 and five pars today.

D.A. Points, 13 under: Points' scorecard mirrors that of playing partner Horschel.

Jimmy Walker, 13 under: Walker has a birdie at No. 2 and four pars today, and faces a long putt on the No. 6 green when play resumes.

Boo Weekley, 13 under: Weekley has birdies at Nos. 1, 2 and 5 along with three pars today, facing a short par putt at No. 7 when play resumes.

Another stroke back are Ken Looper (2 under through six) and Kyle Stanley (even through five). Eight golfers are three back at 11 under.

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Update No. 19: 11:20 a.m. EDT

Lucas Glover finds the green with his approach shot at No. 5, hitting to within 10 feet, but can't get the birdie putt to drop and settles for par to remain 14 under. D.A. Points also has a good look at birdie to tie for the lead, but his putt doesn't drop and he taps in to remain a shot back.

Ken Looper rebounds with a birdie at No. 6 to quickly get back to 12 under, two back of the lead.

Tianlang Guan finds another par at the par-3 No. 14 hole; he's 2 over through five holes. Playing partner Colt Knost is 1 over with a bogey at No. 11.

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Update No. 18: 11:11 a.m. EDT

Let's take a look at the golfers in the Zurich Classic who are among the top 25 in the Official World Golf Ranking:

• Justin Rose (No. 4): 2 under through seven holes today, 11 under overall (T-8).

• Keegan Bradley (No. 13): missed the cut by two shots.

• Bubba Watson (No. 16): 3 under through 11, 9 under overall (T-20).

• Jason Dufner (No. 20): 2 over through seven, 6 under overall (T-46).

• Nick Watney (No. 23): 1 under through six, 8 under overall (T-29).

• Ernie Els (No. 24): Even par through 10, 8 under overall (T-29).

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Update No. 17: 11:01 a.m. EDT

D.A. Points birdies No. 5 to join the group at 13 under and pull within a shot of the lead. Playing partner Billy Horschel does the same; they're both 1 under today.

Lucas Glover gets up and down again, chipping close and tapping in for par to remain 14 under.

Ken Looper bogeys No. 5 to slip to 11 under, still 1 under for the day.

Tianlang Guan earns his second par of the day in textbook fashion: fairway, green, two putts. He's 4 over for the week and still the only golfer in the field over par.

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Update No. 16: 10:51 a.m. EDT

Aaron Watkins extends his low round of the day, getting to 5 under with a birdie at No. 2. Tommy Gainey is 4 under today, birdieing four of his first five holes to rise to T-29 and 8 under.

Leader Lucas Glover gets up and down after missing the green at the par-3 No. 3 hole. He's one shot ahead of Boo Weekley and Jimmy Walker.

Tianlang Guan bogeys for the second time in his first three holes, failing to get up and down at No. 12 and sliding to 4 over.

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Update No. 15: 10:41 a.m. EDT

Boo Weekley gets to 3 under for the day, within a shot of leader and Saturday playing partner Lucas Glover, with a birdie at the 5th. Weekley is T-2 with Jimmy Walker, who birdies the 2nd.

Nicolas Colsaerts also gets his round to 3 under with a birdie at the par-5 7th. He's 11 under and three back of leader Lucas Glover, who has parred again at the 2nd.

Wet conditions have persisted all week, with golfers playing lift-clean-and-place rules in the fairways. It's helping, clearly, as only seven golfers are over par so far today.

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Update No. 14: 10:29 a.m. EDT

Kevin Stadler, who shared low-round honors Saturday, birdies the par-5 2nd to expand the T-2 group to seven.

Bubba Watson finishes the back nine with a birdie, getting himself to 3 under on the day, 9 under overall.

Tianlang Guan misses the fairway again at No. 11, but steadies himself by wedging his third shot on the par-5 to fairly close and two-putting for par. He's 1 over for the day.

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Update No. 13: 10:22 a.m. EDT

Lucas Glover starts his day with a par to maintain his two-shot lead. Monday qualifier Ken Looper, who played collegiately at New Orleans and LSU, is 2 under in a hurry thanks to an eagle at the 2nd hole, and he moves into a T-2 group with five others at 12 under.

Tianlang Guan starts his day by missing the fairway and cards a bogey at No. 10. The 14-year-old, playing alongside Colt Knost in the day's only twosome, falls to 3 over, the only golfer in the field over par for the week.

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Update No. 12: 10:10 a.m. EDT

Aaron Watkins extends the low round of the day to 4 under, a birdie at No. 18 giving him a bogey-free first nine. Among eight golfers at T-9, Watkins looks to improve on his season-best finish of T-30 at the Puerto Rico Open, which had been his only cut made this season. Matt Every has the next-best round of the day going, 3 under through six.

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Update No. 11: 10:03 a.m. EDT

Boo Weekley birdies again at No. 2, now 2 under for the day and among five players who are T-2 at 12 under. Leader Lucas Glover and 14-year-old amateur Tianlang Guan are about to tee off at Nos. 1 and 10 respectively.

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Update No. 10: 9:57 a.m. EDT

Nicolas Colsaerts gets to 10 under with a birdie at No. 5, his second of the day. He's T-9 thanks in large part to his second-round 68.

Defending champ Jason Dufner finds the water on the par-3 No. 3 hole, carding a double bogey to slip to 6 under.

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Update No. 9: 9:49 a.m. EDT

Boo Weekley, who had started the third round in second place before falling with a 73, birdies No. 1 to get back to 11 under. Weekley, who hails from the Florida Panhandle, said Saturday he has lots of family and friends on hand.

Bobby Gates joins Weekley at 11 under with his second birdie of the day coming at No. 2.

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Update No. 9: 9:36 a.m. EDT

World No. 4 Justin Rose birdies the 2nd hole while Bobby Gates starts his day with a birdie as both move to 10 under. John Peterson, who had moved to 10 under with two birdies to start his day, double bogeys the 4th and falls back to even par for the day.

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Update No. 8: 9:23 a.m. EDT

Bubba Watson hits another approach shot close, this time to within 5 feet at the par-3 No. 14. He makes the putt to get to 2 under for the day and 8 under for the tournament.

Aaron Watkins remains the day's big mover, with back-to-back pars since birdieing No. 13 to get his round to 3 under.

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Update No. 7: 9:15 a.m. EDT

Bubba Watson is back-and-forth early, with a birdie-bogey-birdie string at Nos. 11-13 – the latter birdie coming after he drove the ball into a bunker, then knocked it to within 10 feet. Watson, the 2011 champ here, blistered the back nine Friday for a bogey-free 30, but was 1 under and 1 over in his other two rounds.

John Peterson follows Morgan Hoffmann to 10 under with a birdie at No. 2. But Hoffmann then bogeys the par-3 No. 3, missing the green and failing to get up-and-down.

Ryan Palmer gives back his birdie and then some at No. 4 with the day's first double bogey. He drops to 6 under and T-42.

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Update No. 6: 9:04 a.m. EDT

With the leaders less than an hour away from teeing off, Ernie Els moves up with a birdie at No. 2. It's his third birdie on the hole this week against one bogey that came in his third-round 72.

Brian Davis has started his day with birdies at Nos. 10-11 to improve to 8 under.

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Update No. 5: 8:57 a.m. EDT

Morgan Hoffmann gets to 10 under, earning his second birdie of the day on the par-5 No. 2 hole. He's T-7 with four others.

Aaron Watkins is 3 under today after a birdie at No. 13, moving to 9 under.

Brendan Steele and Andrew Svoboda card the first final-round bogeys, at Nos. 10 and 3 respectively.

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Update No. 4: 8:49 a.m. EDT

Morgan Hoffmann gets back to 9 under with a birdie at No. 1; Hoffmann shot 73 Saturday. John Peterson also moves to 9 under with a birdie at the first. They're T-11 with six others.

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Update No. 3: 8:37 a.m. EDT

Aaron Watkins is two-for-two as he birdies No. 11 to move to 8 under. Ryan Palmer birdies No. 2 to also move to 8 under, and Doug LaBelle II birdies No. 10 to move to 7 under.

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Update No. 2: 8:29 a.m. EDT

Par is the order of the day for most, with 11 of the 12 golfers on the course starting the day with a 4. Jeff Overton, however, birdies No. 11 to move to 7 under.

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Update No. 1: 8:16 a.m. EDT

The middle of the pack gets things started at TPC Louisiana, with Aaron Watkins carding the first birdie of the day at No. 10 and moving to 7 under.

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Weather conditions

A 40 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms will hang over Avondale, La., today from 3 p.m. until about 5 p.m. local time – however, the chance of storms begins at 12:30 p.m., according to Weather.com; winds should be light if storms don't crop up, and high temperatures are forecast in the mid 70s. High humidity early could dissipate as the day goes on.

Final round of Zurich Classic will tee off early in threesomes

Players will tee off both nines and play in threesomes because of the risk of bad weather Sunday; click above for pairings and tee times for the final round.

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Television times

Despite the early play, television times will not change, the PGA Tour said on its website Saturday. Here is the schedule:

• 1-2:30 p.m., Golf Channel;

• 3-6 p.m., CBS.

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Saturday coverage

5 Things: Glover's lead grows, Guan struggles in Louisiana

From Lucas Glover's 2-under 70 atop the leaderboard to 14-year-old amateur Tianlang Guan's high round of the day, here are 5 Things to Know about the third round at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

How it Happened: Lucas Glover still leads in Louisiana, Tianlang Guan slips

Lucas Glover extended his lead to two shots Saturday with a 70, but four golfers will start the day tied for second and pursuing the former Clemson Tiger.

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Friday coverage

5 Things: Tianlang Guan makes second cut, Lucas Glover leads at Zurich

Lucas Glover got to 12 under during the morning, one ahead of Boo Weekley, and the score held off all afternoon challengers for the second-round lead; Tianlang Guan grabbed the spotlight, though, making his second cut as a 14-year-old amateur in a pro event.

How it Happened: Guan makes cut, Glover takes lead at Zurich Classic

Tianlang Guan might have been short off the tee, but his game from fairway to green carried him to a 3-under round; meanwhile, Lucas Glover managed a 67 to rise to the top of the leaderboard. See how it all unfolded along the way.

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Thursday coverage

5 Things: Ricky Barnes shines, Tianlang Guan grinds at Zurich

Ricky Barnes' morning 64 set a pace nobody could match during the first round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Plus: Tianlang Guan shows an even hand, especially around the greens.

How it Happened: Barnes leads 1st round at Zurich Classic

Several got close as the fashionable score of the day was 67, but Ricky Barnes' 64 holds up as the best of the day and earns a 1-shot lead over Lucas Glover and Boo Weekley. See how it all unfolded along the way.

Zurich Classic: Second-round tee times

Check out tee times and pairings for the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana.

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Pre-tournament coverage

Zurich Classic: First- and second-round tee times

Check out tee times and pairings for the first and second rounds of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana.

Rose, Dufner, Fowler among predictions at Zurich Classic

While plenty of Zurich Classic attention will be paid to Tianlang Guan, don't lose sight of the likes of Justin Rose, Jason Dufner and Rickie Fowler. Our weekly predictions.

Rude: Opinions from Tiger to Tianlang, Muirfield to metal cracks

Potential reasons Tiger Woods is skipping Quail Hollow, Tianlang Guan's long challenge, Peter Dawson's 'bullying' denial and more highlight this week's Hate To Be Rude.

Looper, Janzen among four qualifiers for Zurich

Ken Looper, who divided his college golf years between the University of New Orleans and LSU, and veteran Lee Janzen were among four golfers who got into the Zurich Classic via the Monday qualifer.

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