Four-under-par and joint leader of the Tour Championship, Billy Horschel is well placed to win the PGA Tour’s final event in Atlanta, and with it, the $10,000,000 FedExCup prize.
Last week’s BMW Championship winner went into yesterday’s first round ranked second in the FedExCup standings, one place behind his playing partner Chris Kirk.
After he and Kirk opened up with flawless four-under-par 66s, Horschel feels he is within touching distance of the biggest win of his career.
“I'll take three more rounds of four‑under par, bogey‑free golf and I may possibly be taking that to the bank,” said the American.
"I just feel like doesn't matter how things are going that day, I'm going to find some way to put a round together." - Billy Horschel
“My season hasn't been great up to the last couple of weeks, and if I can play three more great rounds of golf, this would be the best season of my career.
The 27-year-old has indeed caught fire in the last few weeks. In his last nine rounds Horschel is a combined 31-under-par, finishing second in the Deutsche Bank Championship the week prior to his BMW Championship triumph.
“I had stretches of golf where when I feel very confident,” the world No.23 explained. “I just feel like doesn't matter how things are going that day, I'm going to find some way to put a round together.
“I think that's just something that I've always been able to do, especially when I have a lot of confidence.”
Billy Horschel turns off to Ryder Cup
Horschel’s upturn in form came too late to merit a wildcard pick form US Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson. Instead, the eight-time major winner opted to take Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson to Gleneagles.
There’s no doubt Horschel would take a lot of form and confidence to Scotland, however, he doesn’t hold a grudge against Watson. In fact, he blames himself for not turning it on sooner.
“The Ryder Cup is so far out of my mind I'm not even thinking about it,” said the two-time PGA Tour winner. “I forgot about it after Deutsche Bank.
"Does Tom Watson think he's kicking himself? He's not kicking himself. He's going to kick me for not playing better sooner.” - Billy Horschel
“Tom Watson sent me a text the other night. It's exactly what I thought it was going to be, just sort of said ‘where was this sooner’ type deal.
“People said, does Tom Watson think he's kicking himself? He's not kicking himself. He's going to kick me for not playing better sooner.”