Billy Horschel looks to be a player who is getting ready for the FedEx Cup playoffs. Can he make another run, like he did in 2014?
With the FedEx Cup playoffs on the PGA Tour, a player can get hot at the right time and collect a lot of money in a short amount of time. Billy Horschel, a player who has taken advantage of such an opportunity, had a big round on Saturday at the Wyndham Championship, perhaps setting himself up for another run at the game’s biggest reward.
In 2014, Horschel got hot in the playoffs and ended up being rewarded in the biggest way. Horschel entered the playoffs that season in 82nd place in the FedEx Cup standings. However, he finished in a tie for second in the first playoff event, the Deutsche Bank Championship, to advance to the next event.
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There, Horschel stayed hot, winning the BMW Championship, just his second PGA Tour victory. At that point, Horschel was second in the FedEx Cup standings entering the Tour Championship.
The hot streak continued in Atlanta as Horschel brought his red-hot game to East Lake for the Tour Championship.
And in the final round, he topped Rory McIlroy to claim both the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup, along with the $10 million prize that went with it at the time. That run resulted in two of the five wins that Horschel currently has in his entire career.
Horschel entered this week’s Wyndham Championship in 50th place in the FedEx Cup standings, but his play so far looks like a player who is finding his game. The former Florida Gator has been very consistent through three rounds of play in Greensboro.
He shot a 66 on Thursday and followed that with a 64 on Friday to sit at 10-under par and tied for the lead entering the weekend. And he did nothing on Saturday to take himself out of contention.
Horschel had three birdies on his front nine, to shoot a 3-under par 32. On the back side, he opened with a birdie at the 10th hole to get to 4-under on his round. From there, he would par the next four holes, staying at 4-under.
On the 15th hole, Horschel suffered his only blemish of the day, as he bogeyed the par five after struggling to get out of the rough. However, Horschel bounced right back with a birdie on the 16th hole to get back to 4-under par.
Horschel closed his round with a birdie at 18 to shoot a 5-under par 65. He finds himself three shots behind Si Woo Kim entering Sunday’s final round.
In the process, Horschel raised his standing from 50th to 37th in the FedEx Cup standings. And while it’s not as easy now to rise through the ranks like Horschel did in 2014, this appears to be a player who is gearing up for another playoff run.