BILLY HORSCHEL’S remarkable run in the FedEx Cup Playoffs has ended with a US$11.44 million payday.
The 27 year old American golfer never wavered in sealing a three shot victory over Jim Furyk and Rory McIlroy at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta to take both the 2014 Tour Championship and the US$10 million FedEx Cup.
Horschel shot a final round 2-under 68 to continue a run of 12 straight scores in the 60’s in the playoffs, highlighted by a vastly improved putting performance.
The American entered the season-ending US PGA Tour playoffs ranked 69th on the Fedex Cup list, then blew out to 82nd after he missed the cut at the Barclays Championship, the first of the four event series.
But Horschel then finished T2 at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston (after fluffing a winning opportunity) and won the last two tournaments, the BMW Championship in Colorado and this week’s Tour Championship. All up that’s some US$13,477,333 in prizemoney over three weeks.
Not bad for a guy who talked during the championship of his money constricted blue-collar upbringing and the difference the FedEx bonus would make to the future of his family.
“I’m not sure life can be better than this,” said Horschel, who will now go home to wife Brittany who is expected their first child within the next two weeks.
No player had ever won the FedEx Cup beginning the Playoffs lower than No. 19.
Day scrambles home
Jason Day, who had to pull out of the BMW Championship last week due to back spasms and has been troubled by a wrist injury for much of the year, also gave it all in finishing the best of the Aussies.
Day was again not at his most accurate ball striking best but continued to display amazing short game skills to finish with a 1-under 69, tied along with Chris Kirk (68) and Justin Rose (69) on 7-under.
American golfing great and now commentator Johnny Miller was referring to Day as “Scrambling Man” all weekend and he was even compared to the great Seve Ballesteros for the continual up and down saves.
Adam Scott also mounted something of a late run with a 65 on Saturday and a string of birdies Sunday before a double bogey on 17 saw him finish with an even par 70, tied for 9th on 4-under.
John Senden and Geoff Ogilvy finished well down the 29 man field but I wouldn’t feel too sorry for them.
Ogilvy had a great run to end the season and just making the Tour Championship gets him into the US Masters next year (and like everyone else making the grade, a trailer load of cash). Ogilvy was making noises last week that the punishing playoff schedule would be one week too long for him.
So that’s it for the 2013/14 US PGA Tour season. Unfortunately for some, under the Tour’s new wrap-around season concept it all starts again on October 9th at the Frys.Com Open in California.
In the meantime, we have the Ryder Cup in just a fortnight ….Tour Championship Leaderboard