Red-Hot Horschel Wins TOUR title, FedExCup Crown
Billy Horschel won’t turn 28 years old until December, and has never won a Major, entering the 2014 FedExCup post-season with exactly one PGA win to his credit.
The rest of his career is uncertain, but one thing is for sure – they’ll never forget the way he closed out the 2013-2014 season.
Horschel continued his remarkable run on Sunday, winning the TOUR Championship in Atlanta by three strokes over Jim Furyk and Rory McIlroy to also clinch the Fedex cup title and the $10 million prize money.
In one afternoon, Horschel made $11.44 million.
He started the post-season ranked 69th in the 125 man field, then fell to 82nd when he missed the cup at the Barclays. However, he rebounded to finish second at Deutsche Bank before winning the BMW Open last week.
Horschel finishes the season with 4,750 points. Chris Kirk, who led Horschel by nine entering the final tournament, finished second with 3,100, followed by McIlroy at 3,050.
Horschel’s 2-under 68 on Sunday was his 8th straight round under par. Furyk fell apart late, with consecutive bogeys on 17 and 18, while McIlroy dug himself a big hole early ,with a double bogey on No. 6, and three bogeys in a row on 9-11.
The winner of The Open and PGA Championship rallied with three straight birdies between 15-17, but still finished 1-over par after starting the round tied for first with Horschel.
With so much on the line, scores were predictably higher. Only three men shot better than Horschel’s winning 68: Gary Woodland, whose 67 followed up Saturday’s 63 to get him to 4-under and a tie for ninth; and Sergio Garcia, whose 66 also made him part of that tie and earned him $231,667. Brendon Todd also shot a 66, although he still finished 3-over for the tournament.