Shane Lowry and Ian Poulter couldn’t close out a top-10 finish at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans as the former European Ryder Cup team-mates finished in 13th at TPC Louisiana.
The pair were always going to struggle to make a push for the title on the final day at the team event, but they will be disappointed to have slipped down the leaderboard on day four as they struggled in foursomes.
While they didn’t make any mistakes, they also made few positive scores with just two birdies leading to a two-under 70 in their final round, played in the alternate shot format, leaving them 21-under-par for the week.
That was eight shots back of winners Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele, who fired a level-par 72 to close and secure a wire-to-wire win two shots ahead of second-placed Sam Burns and Billy Horschel in New Orleans.
In another matching set of trousers, this time navy and white, Lowry and Poulter played steady golf on their front nine to record nine straight pars, with their only real missed chance coming from four-feet for birdie at the par-five second that didn’t drop.
Instead, their first birdie came at the par-five 11th and they would add just one more before the end of their round as Lowry had the moment of the day when he rolled in a 39-footer at the par-four 15th.
Meanwhile, overnight leaders Cantlay and Schauffele stumbled around the turn and nearly lost their lead to Burns and Horschel, however they regained their composure and got the job done for another PGA Tour win each.
An eagle at the seventh cancelled out some early birdies from Burns and Horschel, but back-to-back birdies at the ninth and 10th allowed the second placed pairing to draw the gap back to just a single stroke.
But a birdie at the 11th got the leaders back on track and when Burns and Horschel bogeyed 17, they knew they could coast to the finish line for the win, and a wire-to-wire triumph at that, too.
“It’s awesome. I said earlier this week if there’s any success I could share with someone it’d be Pat, so I’m happy we could get it done,” said Schauffele.
Cantlay, who was coming off the disappointment of last week’s play-off loss to Jordan Spieth in the RBC Heritage, added: “It was a great week. We had a lot of fun, both on and off the golf course, and we’re really happy to get it done.”
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