Billy Horschel Wins the Zurich Classic- Nothing Could Stop Billy Ho’s “Mo” This Week

What did you do following the last time you shot 85?  Ok, that might be a career best for some of you and I’m certainly not knocking you if it is, but let’s look at it like this- PGA Tour players aren’t supposed to shoot 85’s.  When they do it’s usually either stemming from an injury, some gale-forced British Open wind craziness or yet another annoying John Daly implosion (grow up already John).  In the case of Billy Horschel, the number became a surefire force of motivation.

Just two months ago, following steady-eddy rounds of 72-73-69 over the first three days at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, Horschel ballooned to a final round 85.  What did Billy do to follow up that ghastly score?  Oh, just a t-2nd at Shell Houston Open where he finished just one shot out of a playoff to Mr Mama’s putter Lego-man DA Points.  Then, to follow up an I’m-just-now-beginning-to-find-my-stride t-3rd at the Valero Texas Open.  Oh yeah, and then a t-9th at the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town that was far better than it looked (finished bogey-bogey on Saturday and finished bogey-double bogey on Sunday with back-to-back 3-putts).  Oh how the 26-year-old was just beginning to peak.

Then came this week’s Zurich Classic.  Perhaps it was the hoppin’ New Orleans setting, or the other bigger names in the field, or the fact that a 14-year-old (!) was playing (and making the cut AGAIN btw), but Billy somehow flew into this week semi-under the radar, even following his torrid play of late.  Following a couple of “meh” opening rounds of 67-71, all that Billy did on the weekend was fire 66-64, which included 9 birdies on Sunday (6 in a row at one point) on his way to his first ever career victory.  Even the ridiculous weather delay where the leading team had the ball with 30 seconds left on the clock at the end (45 min weather delay on the 72nd hole when there were some DISTANT thunder clouds in the area) couldn’t stop Billy Ho’s “mo.”  The celebratory multiple fist pumps following his victory were true signs that all of his hard work had finally paid off to the tune of his first PGA Tour victory.

On a week where alligators were the story on Thursday, another type of Gator reigned supreme on Sunday.

Congrats Billy. #keepitrollin

Joel Harrington

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