Name:William John "Billy" Horschel
Born:Dec 7, 1986 in Grant, Brevard County, Florida.
Original/Home Club:University of Florida, Gainsville.
Walker Cup player (2007). FedEx Cup Champion (2014). Multiple wins on the PGA Tour.
Horschel attended the University of Florida in Gainsville, where he competed for the Florida Gators men's golf team from 2006-09. In the US Amateur championship in 2006, held at Hazeltine National, he shot an 18-hole tournament record 60 in his opening round, followed by a second round 75. He did not make it past the third round of match play. During his university amateur career Horschel was a four-time All-American golfer, which included three first-team honours.
After turning professional in 2009 Horschel required four trips to Qualifying School to keep his PGA Tour card alive from 2009 thru' 2013. His breakthrough win came in his 61st PGA Tour start at the 2013 Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Following the success in 2013, Horschel seriously got the golfing world's attention in 2014, winning two of the four FedEx Cup playoff events. These back-to-back wins in the BMW and Tour Championships were richly rewarded with the FedEx Cup itself and £10 million winners bonus. Two days after winning the FedExp Cup, Horschel became a father for the first time. Not a September he is ever likely to forget.
Played as the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play (March 24-28). Billy Horschel (USA) beat Scottie Scheffler (USA) 2 and 1 in the 18-hole final. [Austin CC, Austin,Texas].
Played as the Zurich Classic of New Orleans (Apr 26-29; two-man team event: betterball rounds 1&3; alternate shot rounds 2&4). Second-placed Jason Dufner (USA) & Pat Perez (USA) finished 1 shot behind the winning team of Billy Horschel (USA) & Scott Piercy (USA), who each took home a first prize of $1,036,000. [TPC Louisiana, Avondale, nr New Orleans, LA].
Played as the AT&T Byron Nelson (May 18-21). Horschel (USA) beat Jason Day (Aus) with a par at the first playoff hole (par-4 18th). [TPC course, Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas, Irving, nr Dallas, TX].
Played as the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola (Sept 11-14; last of four FedExCup playoff events). Second-placed Jim Furyk (USA) and Rory McIlroy (N.Ire) finished 3 shots behind Horschel (USA). Horschel recorded back-to-back wins in the FedExCup playoffs and gained enough points to win the season-long FedEx Cup and associated $10 million bonus. [East Lake GC, Atlanta, GA].
Billy Horschel (USA) won the PGA Tour 2013-14 season-long points chase, to capture the FedExCup and $10 million bonus. Chris Kirk (USA) was second with 3,100 pts; Rory McIlroy (N.Ire) was third with 3,050 pts. The Cup is awarded based on points earned during the regular PGA Tour season and in the four playoff events.
Played as the BMW Championship (Sept 4-7; third of four FedEx Cup playoff events). Second-placed Bubba Watson (USA) finished 2 shots behind Billy Horschel (USA), who recorded his second PGA Tour win. [Conway Farms GC, Lake Forest, Illinois].
Played as the Zurich Classic of New Orleans (April 25-28). Second-placed D.A. Points (USA) finished 1 shot behind 26-year-old Billy Horschel (USA), who recorded his first PGA Tour win. Horschel's 27-foot putt on the 72nd hole gave him outright victory, and a final round course-record 64. [TPC Louisiana, Avondale, nr New Orleans, LA].
Solheim Cup: can Europe defend the most prestigious team trophy in women’s professional golf, when the 17th Solheim Cup is played out at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio (Sept 4-6).
Italian Open: Nicolai Højgaard recorded his first European Tour win (Sept 5), just a week after his twin brother Rasmus landed the European Masters title (Aug 29); the first brothers to win back-to-back on the European Tour.
The San Roque Club: "... how best to revitalise a course that had previously been fit to play regular host to the European Tour’s qualifying school finals..." by Toby Ingleton.
New 27-hole golf complex to be built in southern Belgium
A new golf complex in southern Belgium, close to the border with Luxembourg, will start construction in June 2021.
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