Billy Horschel

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Billy Horschel
Personal information
Full name William John Horschel
Born (1986-12-07) December 7, 1986 (age 31)
Grant, Florida
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Spouse Brittany (née Nelson) [1]
Children 2
Career
College University of Florida
Turned professional 2009
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 4
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 4
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T17: 2016
U.S. Open T4: 2013
The Open Championship T30: 2015
PGA Championship T25: 2015
Achievements and awards
FedEx Cup Champion 2014

William John Horschel (born December 7, 1986) is an American professional golfer who currently plays on the PGA Tour.

Early years and amateur career[edit]

Horschel was born and raised in Grant, Florida. He attended Bayside High School in neighboring Palm Bay.

Horschel accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida, Gainesville, where he played for coach Buddy Alexander's Florida Gators men's golf team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition from 2006 to 2009.[1] He was a four-time All-American, including three first-team honors, and the Southeastern Conference (SEC) player of the year in 2007 and 2009.[1] He was a 2008 PING southeast all-region selection. He graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in sport management in 2009. He represented the United States at the Palmer Cup on two occasions in 2007 and 2008 gaining 4.5 points. He posted a 3–1 record for the victorious 2007 Walker Cup team.

Horschel won the individual medalist honors at the 2006 U.S. Amateur, shooting a two-day score of 138 (60-78, −5) at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota. His opening round of 60 was an 18–hole tournament and USGA record. He failed to make it past the third round of match play. He also played in the 2006 U.S. Open, but he missed the cut.

Professional career[edit]

Horschel turned professional in 2009. In December 2009, he successfully gained a 2010 PGA Tour card through qualifying school.[2] A wrist injury limited Horschel to four PGA Tour events that year, and he did not make the cut in any of them.

In December 2010, he regained his Tour card through qualifying school to back up his medical extension should he fail to earn enough to secure his Tour Card. In February 2011, he made the cut at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, his first in eleven PGA Tour starts, finishing T13. Horschel finished the season 140th on the money list, granting him conditional status for 2012.[3]

Horschel finished third at the 2012 True South Classic, but only finished 147th on the 2012 money list. Horschel's best finish on the Web.com Tour is a 4th at the 2012 Stadion Classic at UGA.

After his third successful attempt in four trips to Q School, he earned his PGA Tour Card for 2013. He began his season making the cut in every tournament he entered. He had three consecutive top-10 finishes before his breakthrough win at the 2013 Zurich Classic of New Orleans in his 61st PGA Tour start. Horschel made six consecutive birdies in the fourth round and won by one stroke over D. A. Points. The win moved Horschel to third in the FedEx Cup standings, third on the PGA Tour money list, and 49th in the Official World Golf Ranking. It earned him entry to the 2013 PGA Championship, the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, The Players Championship, and the 2014 Masters Tournament. His world ranking also earned him entry into the U.S. Open. By the end of April 2013, Horschel led the PGA Tour in consecutive cuts made with twenty-three, dating from the FedEx St. Jude Classic in June 2012. That streak ended when he missed the cut at The Players Championship, the tournament he played in after his win.[4]

In the 2013 U.S. Open, Horschel held the joint lead with Phil Mickelson, at the halfway stage of the tournament. Playing in his first major as a professional, he was one of only two players under par after the second round, hitting all 18 of Merion's greens in regulation. He shot rounds of 72-74 over the weekend to finish at five-over-par for the tournament and four strokes behind eventual winner Justin Rose. Horschel finished T4 in his first major as a professional and moved up to 34th in the world rankings and 4th in the FedEx Cup standings.

Horschel earned his second win at the 2014 BMW Championship and moved to 23rd in the world rankings. The next week, he won The Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club and with it the FedEx Cup.[5] The win also moved Horschel to 14th in the OWGR.

Two days after winning the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup, Horschel became a father for the first time.[6]

Professional wins (4)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (4)[edit]

Legend
FedEx Cup Events (2)
Other PGA Tour (2)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Apr 28, 2013 Zurich Classic of New Orleans 67-71-66-64=268 −20 1 stroke United States D. A. Points
2 Sep 7, 2014 BMW Championship 68-66-63-69=266 −14 2 strokes United States Bubba Watson
3 Sep 14, 2014 The Tour Championship 66-66-69-68=269 −11 3 strokes United States Jim Furyk, Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy
4 May 21, 2017 AT&T Byron Nelson 68-65-66-69=268 −12 Playoff Australia Jason Day

PGA Tour playoff record (1–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2016 RSM Classic United States Blayne Barber, Canada Mackenzie Hughes,
Sweden Henrik Norlander, Colombia Camilo Villegas
Hughes won with par on third extra hole
Horschel eliminated with par on first hole
2 2017 AT&T Byron Nelson Australia Jason Day Won with par on first extra hole

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open CUT
The Open Championship
PGA Championship
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Masters Tournament T37 CUT T17
U.S. Open T4 T23 T25 T32 CUT
The Open Championship CUT CUT T30 CUT CUT
PGA Championship CUT T58 T25 T79 T48
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
U.S. Open 0 0 0 1 1 3 6 4
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 4
Totals 0 0 0 1 1 5 19 11
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 5 (2015 U.S. Open – 2016 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1

Results in World Golf Championships[edit]

Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Mexico Championship DNP T50 T46 41 DNP
Match Play DNP R32 T17 T38 DNP
Bridgestone Invitational T44 DNP T33 DNP T74
HSBC Champions T35 T73 DNP DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Florida Men's Golf 2011 Media Supplement" (PDF). Gainesville, Florida: University Athletic Association. 2010. pp. 4, 28, 34. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 2, 2012. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ Dolch, Craig (December 8, 2009). "From the '10 rookie class, who will shine on Tour?". PGA Tour. Archived from the original on February 15, 2013. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Billy Horschel – Statistics". PGA Tour. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Billy Horschel – Profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Billy Horschel collects $10M bonus". ESPN. September 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Billy Horschel, wife welcome baby". ESPN. September 17, 2014. 

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