Billy Horschel has never shot higher than 1-over 71 in 14 rounds at the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba. He debuted at El Camaleon in 2016 with a missed cut, albeit by just one shot after rounds of 70-71.
He regrouped a few years later by posting 65-71-66-68 to snag T-8th in 2019. Horschel kept improving in 2020 when he fired 70-69-65-64 to claim T-5th. He hit 75% greens in regulation (T-14th), scrambled at a 72.22% clip (18th), and made no double bogeys or worse.
The former Florida Gator couldn’t keep the upward trend going, but T-33rd (64-69-70-71) last year was nothing to be too upset about. He was tied for second place after round one.
Horschel’s a fan of the course, which is always good for a golfer’s psyche.
"“Yeah, I think it just requires you to hit good golf shots here,” Horschel was transcribed by Tee Scripts in 2021. “I understand we go low here, and I really like when courses are more 12 to 15 under par, but the thing about this course, if you put it in the fairway, you have a lot of good opportunities to make birdies and if you’re off and you hit it off line, you get penalized for it. It’s just a really good golf course that requires some really good ball-striking and you’ve got to putt well, so that’s always been my MO.”"
Horschel brings excellent form into the week. We last saw him a couple weeks ago at Congaree where he finished T-7th. That was his third top-10 in a row this fall, which includes a couple stops across the pond on the DP World Tour.
It was a continuation of a great 2022, which features a win at The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide and T-2nd at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard.
The 35-year-old parlayed his success into a debut on the American Presidents Cup team. It wasn’t his best showing, going 1-2-0, but he likely dealt with some jitters that aren’t likely to be the same when he steps on the first tee at a lovely Mexican resort this week.
Horschel’s not a long hitter, so he’ll be happy to see a short layout in play this week.
He ranked 25th on the PGA Tour last season in total strokes gained per round (1.031). His short game and putting are some of the best in the world. That’s backed up by an eighth rank in SG around the green (.413) and 21st in SG putting (.448).
I envision Billy Ho tacking on one more win and doing so in a playoff at Mayakoba over reigning two-time tournament champion Viktor Hovland.