Brian Stuard wins rainy Zurich Classic in sudden-death playoff Monday _lowres

Brian Stuard reacts after teeing 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 claimed the title in the rain-shortened Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Monday morning with a birdie on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff.

Stuard won with a 4-foot birdie putt on the 18th green of the second playoff hole, defeating Jamie Lovemark. Those two played the par-5 18th hole twice with each posting a par on the first playoff hole after third playoff participant, Byeong-Hun An, bowed out after making a bogey to start the playoff.

Stuard, Lovemark and An -- all winless on the PGA Tour -- were tied after the $7 million tournament had to be shortened to 54 holes after more than 15½ hours of rain delays on Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

Playing in his 120th career PGA Tour start, Stuard previously finished second twice at the OHL Classic in Mayakoba -- an event played in Mexico.

With the win, he earned $1.26 million and secured a spot in the Wells Fargo Championship next week, The Players Championship in two weeks and the 2017 Masters.