After a grueling four days of golf, Billy Horschel comes out on top with both trophies; The Tour Championship and The FedEx Cup. Along with these two amazing awards is the not-too-shabby $11.4 million purse that comes with both titles. It is unbelievable to think that this golfer was in a slump throughout the first half of the season and now turns it around for golf’s biggest finish. I suppose that is just the nature of the game; one week you have it and the next you don’t.
On a lesser note, World No. 1, Rory McIlroy, stumbled today with poor holes coming at the middle of the round that took him out of contention. Finishing second this week was Jim Furyk, a veteran who can always be counted in the hunt coming down the stretch. Horschel showed fierce determination all day and kept his head down under pressure. This is Horschel’s third win in just two years and I look for many more in his future given his work ethic and fiery golf ability.
The one thought I keep dwelling on is that Horschel has finished top-2 in his last three start (Including 2 wins) and will not be playing for the American Ryder Cup team in two weeks…Why? You may ask. This is because The Ryder Cup selections are held two weeks prior (Mid-playoffs) for some unknown reason. Instead of Billy Horschel being chosen for the team, we have Webb Simpson, Keegan Bradley and Hunter Mahan. Two of these three players didn’t even make it to East Lake this week and the other made it with a fluke victory at the start of the playoffs! It is simply mind blowing that they made the team and not Billy Horschel, Chris Kirk, and perhaps Russel Henley or Ryan Palmer. Had these picks been made two weeks later we would have had a more solid chance and winning back the cup from Team Europe.
As noted, the next big event on the schedule is The Ryder Cup that will take place at Gleneagles in Scotland. I am fearful that Team Europe is better equipped both from a team standpoint and Scottish golf climate standpoint. The group of Americans going over are going to battle the cold, windy conditions along with their stale golf games. It has been a rough few months for the bottom of Team USA’s lineup and I am praying for some luck to be on our side!
It has been a long week here in Atlanta but an exciting one nonetheless. I have greatly enjoyed covering this event and look forward to many more in the future!
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