Sunday Billy Horschel elevated himself to the top of the golfing world winning the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup staying strong and outlasting Rory McIlroy, Jim Furyk and 27 of the top players in the world of golf at East Lake.
On August 21st, when the first event of the FedEx Playoffs got underway, Horschel’s FedEx Cup rank was 69th. After missing the cut at the Barclays he fell to 82nd in the standings as the top 100 players headed to TPC Boston for the Deutsche Bank Championship over Labor Day weekend.
Billy was in the hunt on that Labor Day Monday until he clunked his second shot into the 72nd hole, forfeiting a chance to win the second event of the playoff series. Horschel finished T-2nd with Geoff Ogilvy and Russ Henley, but ‘me thinks’ it was the spark that ignited the feisty competitor and expectant father.
The famed Cherry Hills in Colorado hosted the third playoff event via the BMW Championship. It was over that cool weekend Billy finally put his first win of the year in his pocket, albeit in the post season. Ranked 20th going into Cherry Hills, Billy’s win vaulted him into 2nd place in the FedEx standings as the top 30 players headed for hot muggy Atlanta, East Lake and the Tour Championship.
As it turned out, it was only fitting that Rory McIlroy and Horschel wound up playing for the championship over the final 36 holes at East Lake. Adding to the drama last week, the two young titans had a ‘bit o history’. They first faced off as amateurs during the 2007 Walker Cup. The then 18-year-old McIlroy was “pissed off”, in his words, by Horschel’s on-course antics and a bit of back and forth ensued. McIlroy won that singles contest, (The U.S. won overall). Time does seem to heal as Rory and Billy appeared to have become ‘somewhat’ friendly of late.
Horschel’s playoff record between August 20th and September 14th: Barclays/MC, Deutsche Bank/T-2nd, BMW/1st , Tour Championship/1st and FedEx Cup/Winner. Hey, if you’re going to have a ‘streak’ I can’t think of a better time to do it!
His total playoff earnings of $13,672,333 mean Billy will probably be able to afford a private suite for wife Brittany when she gives birth to their first child in a couple of weeks.
Congratulations to Billy Horschel on a fantastic playoff season and FedEx Cup win! Now, get some rest. You’re gonna need it!