Riley finishes in top 10 at TPC Louisiana event
AVONDALE — Acadian-by-marriage Chris Riley posted a three-under 69 in the final round Sunday and finished in the top 10 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, leading three Louisiana golfers that made the cut for the state’s PGA Tour stop.
Riley, husband of Lafayette native and former LSU and LPGA Tour player Michelle Louviere, finished at 10-under 278 (73-66-70-69) and moved up four spots in the final round to tie for seventh overall and earn $199,467 for his efforts. Riley birdied five of Sunday’s first 12 holes and stood at 5-under for the final round before bogeying the 14th and 16th holes, but still had his best finish of the season and moved from 156th to 113th on the Tour money list.
Shreveport’s David Toms struggled to a three-over 75 in a final round that included two double-bogeys, and finished tied for 28th overall (69-69-69-75–282) at six-under. Baton Rouge club pro Phil Schmitt, the other state player to make the cut, finished 72nd at 74-67-77-73–291 (+3).
Breaux Bridge native Brent Delahoussaye (71-76) and Lafayette resident Brian Rowell (80-70) both missed the cut. Rowell had made the field as a Monday qualifier.
Jason Bohn won the title with a final-round 67 that left him at 18-under 270.
Riley, Toms and Hammond native Heath Slocum are scheduled to play in this week’s Quail Hollow Championships in Charlotte, N.C. — with that tournament notable for being Tiger Woods’ first return to a regular PGA Tour (non-Masters) event.