Horschel Wins at East Lake, Takes Fedex Cup PDF Print E-mail


Horshel poses with his new vintage Coke machine after winning it all at East Lake


Atlanta, Georgia - The hottest player in Golf went mano a mano versus the World No.1 on

Sunday, and chalk one up for form and momentum. Billy Horschel took on Rory McIlroy for

all the cash and prestige . . . and came out on top.


Coming into Sunday's final round of the Playoffs, McIlroy and Horschel shared the lead at

9 under par . . . but it was Horschel's steady final round 68 that beat McIlroy and Jim Furyk

by 3 strokes, finishing at 11 under par to capture both the Tour Championship by Coca cola

and the Fedex Cup.


Horschel collected the hardware - winning both titles at East Lake

Horschel has always been known as a blue collar type player, he was a walk on at the

University of Florida and became a college All-American. After suffering a severe wrist

injury shortly after turning pro, he had to regain his card by going to Q-school.

“I don’t think anybody’s given him anything,” Horschel’s coach Todd Anderson said. “He

had to earn everything since junior golf. “He’s always had a little chip on his shoulder and

he always wants to show people that if you have desire and believe in yourself and talent,

you can get where you want to go. If you tell him he can’t do something, he’s going to try

to figure out how to do it.”

Horschel had previously dreamed of hoisting the hardware and reflected afterward:

“There's certain things throughout my life that have come true, and I've sort of seen it

beforehand,” Horschel said. “I woke up and I wasn't sure if it was real or not because it

was very faint, but I remember holding up the FedExCup trophy, and as the season went

along, I never thought about it, but I just said, 'Well, maybe it was just a dream that

wasn't real.'”

Real it was Billy Ho, all $11.8 million of them.

Ironically, the hottest American players Billy Horschel and Chris Kirk will not part of

Captain Watson's squad at Gleneagles (Webb Simpson and Hunter Mahan struggled

all week at East Lake finishing tied for 23rd at +8).






Billy Horschel Wins BMW at Cherry Hills PDF Print E-mail



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Billy Horschel celebrates his victory at Cherry Hills




Cherry Hills Village, Colorado - After a tough finish last week at TPC Boston, Billy Horschel

bounced back in a big way on Sunday. The former Florida Gator standout fired a final round 69

to finish at 14 under par to win the BMW Championship at William Flynn's 1922 design at Cherry

Hills Country Club.


Horschel went into Sunday's final round leading by three strokes, but early on during the final

round he found himself tied with Ryan Palmer. Palmer double bogeyed the 13th to fall three

shots back and stumbled coming in (finishing fourth) . . . but it was good enough to move up

to 23rd in the Fedex Cup standings and earn a berth to the Tour Championship at East Lake.


Horschel had felt the sting after last weeks blown approach on the 72nd hole. "Obviously, after

last week, a lot of people on twitter were calling me a choker, I didn't choke. I made one bad

swing at a bad time. To start with a three-shot lead today and hold on means a lot".


The win moves Billy Horschel to second in Fedex Cup standings. Chris Kirk continues to hold the

top spot in the standings heading to Atlanta (he finishing tied for 36th - 1 over par at Cherry



Bubba Watson finished second Sunday two strokes back after a final round 66. Morgan Hoffman

followed his Saturday 62 with a final round 63 to finish solo third at -11. Rory McIlroy finished

tied for eighth after a Sunday 66 (-8).


Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley withdrew before the final round.













Chris Kirk Wins at TPC Boston PDF Print E-mail


Chris Kirk came out on top of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston



Norton, Mass. - The final two rounds of the Deutsche Bank at TPC Boston, were

setting up perfectly for Rory McIlroy. After a third round 64, the Ulsterman was just

2 shots off the lead heading into Monday's Labor Day finish. Matched with McIlroy for

the final two rounds, it was American Chris Kirk who stared down the young Irishman

and bested him with a bogey free final 36 holes (64-66) - to finish at 15 under par

for a two stroke victory over Billy Horschel, Geoff Ogilvy and Russell Henley. McIlroy

didn't bring his "A" game on Monday, often stumbling with only glimpses of brilliance

on his way to shooting 70, settling for a tie for 5th at -11.


Clearly having had the experience of competing with the 25 year old World #1

was eye opening for Kirk, he realized what it takes to be at an elite level “Being

in the group with McIlroy and watching him play so great (Sunday), and just the

huge crowds that go along with that, it's really just kind of heightens your focus

a little bit,” Kirk said. “That's something that I do struggle with every now and

then, really getting myself into it and getting focused, playing how many

tournaments we play every year, every single shot, it's hard to get to that

extreme level of focus where you don't even see anything around you or hear



Although Kirk now finds himself atop the Fedex Cup Playoff Standings, and has

earned his spot in the season ending Tour Championship by Coca Cola in Atlanta

(Kirk's hometown), perhaps the bigger question to be answered on Tuesday morning,

is whether USA Captain Tom Watson saw enough from Chris Kirk to put him on the

Ryder Cup Team.

Kirk was jubilant afterward, and barely allowed himself a thought beyond the victory,

but offered up this: “I would absolutely love to do it,” he said. “But I'm not going to

really base how happy I am with how I'm playing, or how my year has gone,

on whether I make the team or not.”

If Kirk was the biggest winner this week, Geoff Ogilvy was a close second. Ogilvy

came into the week 100th in Fedex Cup points (only the top 70 advance), his tie for

2nd earned him 611 points - moving him up 76 spots to 24th heading into the BMW

this week at Cherry Hills.











Mahan Wins Barclays at Ridgewood PDF Print E-mail

Hunter Mahan, wife Kandi and daughter Zoe celebrate at Ridgewood Country Club

Paramus, New Jersey - As if Captain Tom Watson's job isn't tough enough already, picking his

three selections for the Ryder Cup just got tougher - enter Hunter Mahan's name into the mix.

Looking for closers, Capt. Watson had to notice Mahan's five birdies on the back nine and a run

of four in a five hole stretch from holes 13 thru 17. The birdie spree provided a cushion as Mahan

bogeyed the last to finish with a final round 65 (-14 total) to win the Barclays at Ridgewood (two

strokes ahead of Cameron Tringale, Jason Day, and Stuart Appleby).

The victory propels Mahan ahead 61 spots, where he now sits atop the Fedex Cup standings heading

into TPC Boston for the Deutsche Bank Championship. The win was Mahan's sixth of his career and

his first since 2012.

"It feels good to get a W, Mahan said. It's been a couple of years, and it feels good the way I did it

with a great round on Sunday."

Stats from Sunday's final round at Ridgewood:

- Els, Langley, Kuchar, Na, and Hoffman all shot bogey free rounds.

- Along with Mahan, Appleby and Reed also shot 65 for the lowest final round score

- Rickie Fowler led the field in driving accuracy hitting 13 of 14 fairways (92.86%)

- Kuchar, Mahan, Tringale, Senden and Van Pelt led the field hitting 15 of 18 greens

- Els, Hoffman, Kuchar, Langley, Matsuyama, Na, Schwartzel, and Spieth were 100% scrambling






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