Red Hot Horschel Ready For Tour Championship

By  //  September 11, 2014

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WILL TAKE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP WITH FedExCup WIN

ABOVE VIDEO: ESPN.com’s Bob Harig caught up with BMW Championship winner Billy Horschel who talked about his victory, getting over last week at TPC Boston and how not to think about that $10 million bonus sitting out there this week.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – The most exclusive field of the year teed off in the final tournament of the PGA Tour season on Thursday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. The venue has become the home of the TOUR Championship, the fourth and final leg of the FedEx Cup.

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After a breakout season last year when Billy Horschel won his first TOUR title and made it to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola for the first time, he returns to East Lake thanks to a surge in the FedExCup Playoffs.

After a breakout season last year when Brevard County’s Billy Horschel won his first TOUR title and made it to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola for the first time, he returns to East Lake thanks to a surge in the FedExCup Playoffs.

Horschel nearly won the Deutsche Bank Championship with four rounds in the 60s, but a poor shot on the final hole dropped him into a tie for second.

The runner-up finish, however, vaulted him from No. 82 in the FedExCup standings to No. 20. Less than one week later, he was hoisting the BMW Championship trophy for his second PGA TOUR win, thanks to another four rounds in the 60s (68-66-63-69) and steady play down the stretch.

Billy Horschel hoisting the BMW Championship trophy for his second PGA TOUR win, thanks to another four rounds in the 60s (68-66-63-69) and steady play down the stretch.

Billy Horschel hoisting the BMW Championship trophy for his second PGA TOUR win, thanks to another four rounds in the 60s (68-66-63-69) and steady play down the stretch.

The victory boosted Horschel into the coveted top-five heading into the TOUR Championship.

Horschel’s other top finishes this season were a pair of T6s at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Horschel finished T7 in his first TOUR Championship start last year, helping him to a final FedExCup rank of 16th.

Depending on how far back you want to go, Horschel is arguably the hottest player in the field coming into this week’s finale.

After an underwhelming season, last year’s Zurich Classic winner turned it on in the FedEx Cup.

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He stood in the 18th fairway at the Deutsche Bank with a good chance to force a playoff with Chris Kirk or perhaps even eagle and pass him for the win. What followed was a ghastly chunk, his worst swing of the tournament and an ignominious end.


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SCENARIOS TO WIN THE FEDEXCUP

– If he wins the TOUR Championship, he wins the FedExCup
– Has a reasonable chance of winning with a top-three finish
– Can finish as low as a 2-way tie for 6th and still have a mathematical chance of winning


PATH TO THE TOP FIVE

Horschel was 69th in the FedExCup at the start of the Playoffs. Here’s how he has fared in the first three FedExCup Playoffs events this year.

Tournament Scores Result FedExCup ranking
The Barclays 73-73 MC 82nd
Deutsche Bank Championship 69-66-67-69 T2 20th
BMW Championship 68-66-63-69 WON 2nd

HISTORY AT EAST LAKE

Horschel has made one career start at the TOUR Championship.

Year Finish Rd. 1 Rd 2 Rd. 3 Rd. 4 Total
2013 T-7 66 70 70 68 274 (-6)

FEDEXCUP HISTORY

Horschel heads into the TOUR Championship in second place in the standings. Last year he was 22nd going into East Lake. He has now made the FedExCup finale two times.

Year FEC finish Year FEC finish
2013 16th 2012 143rd
2011 170th
SOURCE: PGATour.com

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