In nine starts at Muirfield Village through 2021, Billy Horschel had a solid, although unspectacular resume. Seven made cuts at Jack’s Place is something to be proud of, but no top-fives show he hadn’t been able to truly contend.
So, what did he do in 2022? Horschel won and it wasn’t close.
The Floridian felt at home in Ohio, rolling to a four-shot victory over Aaron Wise in second place and six shots over a tie for third. Horschel posted rounds of 70-68-65-72.
He led by five going into the final round. It shrank to as low as two on Sunday, but Horschel showed poise to limit the drama by the time he walked the 18th fairway.
One of Horschel’s strengths is his putter. That was fine last year at the Memorial where he ranked 13th in the field in strokes gained, but one of his best-ever ball-striking weeks is what helped him cruise. He was first in SG tee-to-green.
This was his sixth top-15 or better on property.
Horschel will try to use the good vibes from the 2022 win to get his game back on track.
He showed some good signs last week, shaking off a couple missed cuts in a row to take T-40th at the Charles Schwab Challenge where he posted three rounds of par or better and was 10th in the field in SG around-the-green.
The former Florida Gator ranks 57th on the PGA Tour in driving accuracy (61.88%). He’s also 57th in SG putting (.212) and was 21st (.448) last season.