Cantlay & Schauffele win the Zurich Classic with an under-29 record

Patrick Cantlay, left, and teammate Xander Schauffele, right, congratulate each other after winning the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Sunday, April 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Patrick Cantlay, left, and teammate Xander Schauffele, right, congratulate each other after winning the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Sunday, April 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele held off Sam Burns and Billy Horschel by two strokes on Sunday at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans to claim a record-breaking, wire-to-wire victory.

Cantlay and Schauffele closed with an even par 72 in late afternoon showers in the alternating shot final round to finish at 29 under 259 at the windy Louisiana TPC, two strokes ahead of Burns and Horschel.

The Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup partners broke the tournament record of 27 under set by Kevin Kisner-Scott Brown and Jonas Blixt-Cameron Smith in 2017, the first year the event was a team event. Cantlay and Schauffele are the first wire-to-wire winners since the tournament adopted the team format.

Cantlay and Schauffele started with a record 59 in best-ball play on Thursday, shot 68 in alternate shot Friday and had a 60 in best-ball on Saturday to break the tournament record by 54 holes and open a five-shot lead.

Burns, the local favorite who played at LSU, and Horschel finished with a 68. Doc Redman and Sam Ryder finished third at 24 under after a 67.

Cantlay, the defending FedExCup champion and PGA Tour Player of the Year, won his seventh Tour title and first since winning the Tour championship in September. He won a week after losing in the playoffs to Jordan Spieth in the RBC Heritage.

Schauele won for the fifth time. He last won at the 2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions.

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Scott Parel putt two birdie putts on the par-5 18th hole for a 6-under 65, then won the inaugural ClubCorp Classic with a par on the same playoff hole for his second PGA Tour Championship title.

Parel won a three-way playoff at Las Colinas over Steven Alker and Gene Sauers, who both entered the hazard on the last hole and failed to make par.

Sauers birdied his last two holes in regulation for a 63.

Alker played the last eight holes in 1 for a 68. He missed an 8-foot birdie putt in regulation for the victory and entered the playoffs at 11-under 202.

On the first extra hole, Alker had a long iron of a good lie in the rough but it came out heavy and in the water. He took a penalty and couldn’t go up and down. Sauers entered the rocks on his second shot. He took a penalty and missed an 8-foot putt that would have extended the playoffs.

EUROPEAN TOUR

LA PINEDA, Spain (AP) — Pablo Larrazabal birdied six in a seven-hole streak around the bend and closed with an 8-under 62 for a one-shot victory in the ISPS Handa Championship.

Larrazabal won for the seventh time on the European tour, and the first time in his native Spain.

The Spaniard started the final round tied for sixth place until he began his flurry of birdies on the seventh hole. He finished 15-under 265 and then had to wait to see if the score would hold up. Adrian Otaegui and Aaron Cockerill needed an eagle on the par-5 18th at the Infinitum Lakes course to force the playoffs.

Otaegui birdied for a 66 to finish alone in second. Cockerill made par and tied for third with Hennie Du Plessis. Each shot 67.

Larrazabal won for the second time in his last four starts on the European tour and moved up to 68th in the world rankings.

AMERICAN GOLF ASSOCIATION

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) — Thienna Huynh and Sara Im started with two birdies in three holes and never trailed, holding on for a one-over victory over Kaitly Schroeder and Bailey Shoemaker in the four-ball American female fan.

Huynh, a future freshman at UNLV, and Im, a high school junior who won the Georgia Women’s Amateur two years ago, won their first USGA titles.

They qualified for the championship game at Grand Reserve with a 4-3 win early Sunday over Kary Hollenbaugh and Anna Ritter. Schroeder and Shoemaker defeated Amelia Guo and Grace Jin, 2 and 1, in the other semifinal.

Huynh and Im, who only bogeyed once in the championship game, extended the lead to 3 with a birdie on the par-4 12th. Schroeder and Shoemaker won the next two holes to close the gap but failed to birdie the par-5 15th to fall 2.

Both teams finished with pars.

OTHER TOURS

Dottie Arinda closed with a 7-under 65 for a two-stroke win over Marta Sanz Barrio and Laetitia Beck in the Copper Rock Championship at the Epson Tour. Florida 17-year-old Alexa Pano, making her pro debut, shot 73 and finished 56th. She won $812….. Yuto Katsuragawa finished with a 6-under 65 for a one-shot victory over Rikuya Hoshino in the ISPS Handa Championship in Japan. The 23-year-old won his first title on the Japan Golf Tour. … Meghan MacLaren of England birdied the 18th hole for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke victory over Maja Stark of Sweden in the Australian Women’s Classic-Bonville. All three of MacLaren’s LET wins have come in Australia. … Jaco Ahlers came three strokes behind on the last seven holes, closed with a 5-under 66 and beat Ockie Strydom on the second hole of the playoffs to win the Players Championship from Stella Artois. It was the 10th career Sunshine Tour victory for Ahlers. … Jaime Lopez Rivarola of Argentina birdied his final hole for a 2-under 69 and a one-shot win over Rowin Caron at the Brazil Open on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica. … Jay Mackenzie closed with a 4 under 68 for a two-stroke victory over Austin Bautista in the WA PGA Championship on the PGA Tour of Australasia. … Sayaka Takahashi held on for a wire-to-wire victory over the LPGA of Japan finishing with a 2-under 69 for a two-stroke victory over Saiki Fujita in the Fujisankei Ladies Classic. …Hae Ran Ryu birdied enough early that a closing bogey didn’t matter. She shot 2-under 70 and won the Nexen Saint Nine Masters on the Korean LPGA by one stroke over Seo-yeon Kwon.

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