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Stuard takes Zurich Classic in playoff for 1st PGA win

  • Brian Stuard reacts after teeing off from the third hole during the third round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Sunday, May 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Brian Stuard reacts after teeing off from the third hole during the third round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Sunday, May 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  (The Associated Press)

  • Brian Stuard hits out of the rough near spectators on the fifth fairway, during the third round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Sunday, May 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Brian Stuard hits out of the rough near spectators on the fifth fairway, during the third round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Sunday, May 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jamie Lovemark reacts after hitting off the fourth tee during the third round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Sunday, May 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Jamie Lovemark reacts after hitting off the fourth tee during the third round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Sunday, May 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  (The Associated Press)

Brian Stuard beat Jamie Lovemark on the second hole of a playoff Monday to capture his first PGA Tour win at the water-logged Zurich Classic.

Stuard never bogeyed a hole throughout the tournament on the long (7,425-yard), par-72 TPC Louisiana course, which was drenched with more than 4½ inches of rain during the tournament. Weather delays on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday not only forced a Monday finish but also led officials to shorten the tournament to 54 holes.

Lovemark, Stuard and Byeong-Hun An entered the playoff at 15 under par.

An unraveled on the first playoff hole and Lovemark on the second while Stuard remained steady, virtually clinching the win with a 160-yard approach to within 2½ of the pin for an easy birdie putt.

Stuard is the seventh first-time winner at the New Orleans-area Tour stop in the past 11 years.