After blowing a lead and losing out on the Deutsche Bank Championship last week, Billy Horschel made sure history didn’t repeat itself in Denver on Sunday.
Horschel followed up his blistering 63 on Saturday with a 1-under 69 ,which was good enough to hold off Masters champion Bubba Watson by two strokes.
The victotry saw Horschel leap up to second place in the FedExCup standings from 20th. He is just nine points behind leader Chris Kirk, who became the first player to hold onto the lead during the post-season.
Watson jumped from sixth to third, and Rory McIlroy fell from fourth heading into the final tournament – next week’s TOUR Championship in Atlanta.
Horschel did all of his work on the front nine, with three birdies to overcome two bogeys. he recorded 11 straight pars to win the tournament, as Watson, Morgan Hoffmann and Sergio Garcia.
Watson fired his third straight 66, but it wasn’t enough. He had four birdies on the back nine.
Hoffmann, who was +4 through two rounds, came alive with his scintillating 62 on Saturday – knocking in six birdies on the back nine, and destroyed the back nine again on Sunday with a string of four straight birdies on 11-14 and an eagle 3 on 17.
Garcia was two strokes behind with two holes to go before bombing out with a triple-bogey 8 on No. 17.
2013 FedExCup champion Henrik Stenson finished tied for 23rd, meaning he did not make the top 30 and will be unable to defend his title.