Billy Horschel is on top of the world and on top of the golfing world as he comes off back to back victories and a pay cheque worth up to $7 million.
After missing the cut at The Barclays Championship, Horschel turned over a new leaf and found some incredible form that took him from ranked 83rd in the FedEx Cup standings to number 1. A second place finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship spurred on some unbelievable form which progressed into major success for the American. The next two weeks would turn out to be arguably the best fortnight he has ever had and maybe ever will, don’t quote me on that. A win at the BMW Championship earlier this month and a three shot victory at last weeks Tour Championship saw him tear up the FedEx Cup field and take the coveted title.
With up to five players capable of winning the FedEx Cup title, it was Horschel who took the tournament into his own hands. The final pairing on the last day were Horschel and world number 1 Rory Mcilroy. Odds were ever in Horschel”s favour as Mcilroy slipped away early on to leave the American with the outright lead. The sixth hole played havoc amongst the field as Rickie Fowler found the water and Mcilroy soon followed as both walked off with double bogeys.
With the eagerly awaiting crowd expecting a Rory Mcilroy comeback a little twist in the tail was soon upon them. Jim Furyk was on the hunt.
Furyk made some good birdies to put himself in a great position tied for the lead going into the penultimate few holes. Horschel had played steady all day and had never looked like slipping up, the same can’t be said for Furyk. A poor approach shot on 17 saw Furyk bogey and fall back from his fellow American. The 18th was even worse as Furyk couldn’t put any pressure on Horschel when he three putted for back to back bogeys.
It was smooth sailing down the last for Horschel as he gained some kind of comfort from his three shot lead. His professional attitude shone through as he steadied himself for his approach shot into the last. A beautiful tee shot was followed by a two putt worth up to $7 million, steady hands were certainly needed.
An amazing few weeks for Horschel but both him and Mr Tom Watson will be kicking themselves with the Ryder cup just around the corner. All players have been picked and with the form the young American is on, he will be sorely missed by the USA team. Horschel has had 12 consecutive sub 70 rounds and looks in fine form to continue this. But with the wildcard spots already secured there is no room on the team for this American.