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Billy Horschel

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/7/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 175

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Billy Horschel heads to the FedEx St. Jude Classic this week at TPC Southwind in Memphis looking to make his accuracy work for him.
Horschel isn't a bomber off the tee, but he doesn't have to be with just two Par 5s on the Par-70 layout. Accuracy from the tee box will be key, and that's an area Horschel does very well. He ranks 25th on TOUR in Driving Accuracy Percentage (67.44), and he has decent scrambling ability, too. The biggest hole in his game, and the key to his success, will be whether or not he can avoid his season-long struggles with the putter. He ranks a dismal 167th in Putts Per Round (29.59), an area he'll need to remedy if he is to make any noise. Jun 6 - 4:08 AM

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Billy Horschel snapped out of a slump last year to hoist the hardware at the 2017 AT&T Byron Nelson, now he'll head to a new venue this week for an attempted title defense.

The Florida Gator missed four straight cuts before last year's big win, which was then hosted by TPC Four Seasons. That broke the trend or reputation that suggested Horschel always drops obvious hints before his wins. Now, he'll head to Trinity Forest on the heels of a T37, WIN, T11, and T5 in his most recent starts. The win came in the team format when he was paired alongside Scott Piercy at the Zurich Classic. Last year's Byron Nelson win wasn't his first taste of success in Texas, owning four other career finishes of solo 4th or better in the Lone Star State. With a strong history in Texas and his recent run of good form, Horschel deserves plenty of attention this week as gamers try to narrow down the top tier.
May 15 - 12:59 PM

In alternate-shot action at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, World No. 78 and past champion Billy Horschel and World No. 131 Scott Piercy painted a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round to reach 22-under 266, good for the low round of the day and a one-shot win over playing competitors Jason Dufner and Pat Perez, who shot 68.

After kicking off with 65-73-61, the duo began T5 on 17-under, three back of leaders Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown. Playing out of the third-to-last group, they circled five birdies at holes 1, 2, 7, 10 and 11, all from inside of six feet. Horschel, a Zurich Ambassador since 2013, was the clutch performer, particularly on the greens where he drained four par-savers from between seven and 11 feet at 3, 4, 12 and 17. This was Piercy's tourney debut in the team format, while Horschel missed the cut in last year's inaugural (team) edition paired with Matt Every. Piercy, 39, records his fourth TOUR title in 251 events, first since the 2015 Barbasol 66 starts ago. Horschel, 31, claims his fifth TOUR title in 191 events (190 pro), first since the 2017 Byron Nelson 25 starts ago. Horschel also registers a second win at TPC Louisiana, having bagged his maiden win here in 2013. The tandem won as pre-tourney 40/1's outright.
Apr 29 - 6:23 PM

In Four-ball action at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, past champ and World No. 78 Billy Horschel and World No. 131 Scott Piercy hung up an 11-under-par 30-31=61 in the third round for a 54-hole total of 17-under 199, up 20 spots on the live leaderboard to T5, one back of clubhouse leaders Brice Garnett and Chesson Hadley. UPDATE: With R3 completed, they are T5, three shy of leaders Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown.

Horschel's most recent of four TOUR titles was the 2017 Byron Nelson while Piercy's most recent (of three) came at the opposite-field Barbasol in 2015. Horschel won here in 2013, his only top 25 in six individual appearances, and missed the cut last year teamed with fellow Florida Gator Matt Every. Piercy is making his first visit since a missed cut in 2015, and has just two cashes in eight tries, a T13 in 2012. Today's 61, currently tied for the low round of the day with two other teams, featured 11 circles, with Horschel accounting for six on his ball. His split included a 26-footer at the par-4 sixth and a kick-in at the par-3 ninth from 13 inches. Piercy got the team started with a pitch-in birdie-3 at 1 from 29'9" away and ticked red at 15 and 18, both from inside of six feet.
Apr 28 - 5:14 PM

World No. 78 Billy Horschel carved out a 2-under-par 36-34=70 in the final round of the Valero Texas Open to finish up on 9-under 279, currently T11 on the leaderboard, which is where he began the day. UPDATE: With play completed, Horschel finished T11.

Horschel improves to 6-for-8 at the VTO with four top 25s and possibly a fourth top 10. He's now 6-for-12 on the season with three top 25s and potentially a second top 10 after T5 as last week's Heritage. After opening with 68-71-70, the Florida alum began T11 on 7-under, one shy of the overnight top 10. He landed 10 (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 1.187 strokes approaching-the-green but losing 0.727 around-the-green. The 31-year-old squared three bogeys at holes 1, 8 and 11 (failed scrambles), offset by five birdies at 6 (from 14'2"), 7, 12, 14 and 15. He registered 1.583 putts per GIR and 1.207 SG: Putting with 27 total putts. For the week, Horschel totaled 18 birdies versus nine bogeys.
Apr 22 - 5:11 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 78 Billy Horschel tacked on a 1-under-par 34-37=71 in the second round of the Valero Texas Open, dipping two spots to T4 on 5-under 139, four short of 36-hole clubhouse leaders Zach Johnson and Ryan Moore. UPDATE: With R2 completed, Horschel is T8.

The Florida alum got off to a slow start on Day 2 but still ended up circling four birdies, the same tally as yesterday. While R1 was blemish-free, today's lap started out with bogeys at 12, 13 (missed par-saver from 44 inches) before getting those back with birdies at 14 and 17, both from inside of five feet. The 31-year-old's last drop was bogey-6 at 18, unable to recover from an errant tee shot, but came home in bogey-free 2-under, circling 2 and 5, also from inside of five feet. Horschel mustered 10 greens in regulation, losing 1.029 strokes approaching-the-green, and totaled 27 putts.
Apr 20 - 2:06 PM

Billy Horschel carried over his momentum from last week, building a bogey-free, 4-under-par 33-35=68 during the opening round of the Valero Texas Open, just one off the pacesetter Grayson Murray.

Arriving fresh off a T5 last week at the RBC Heritage, Horschel is not slowing down yet. Today, he put on a ball-striking clinic, pelting 15 greens which ranks 2nd to only Keegan Bradley at the moment. Horschel walked off the course gaining 2.050 strokes off-the-tee and another 1.597 strokes on approach. Coming down the stretch, the Florida Gator likely feels like he even left a few strokes out there, missing four birdie looks from the 9-to-14 foot range on the back nine. Last week's T5 was Horschel's first top 40 in his last nine starts but today's round suggests that he's ready to turn his season around and last week's T5 may not have been a one-week flash in the pan.
Apr 19 - 8:00 PM

World No. 91 Billy Horschel backed up with a 1-over-par 37-35-72 in the final round of the RBC Heritage, dipping one place to a season-best T5 on 10-under 274, two strokes short of a two-man playoff involving Si Woo Kim and eventual champ Satoshi Kodaira.

The 31-year-old hangs on for his first top 10 of the season in 11 events, bettering a T11 at the Sentry TOC, his only other finish inside the top 40. It's also his first top 10 since a T4 at the FedEx St. Jude last June, 21 starts and 10 months ago. This was the Florida alum's sixth RBC and second top 10, first since a T9 on debut in 2013. After opening with 66-69-67, he began T4, two back of leader Ian Poulter. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, the Floridian hit eight (of 14) fairways and conjured eight greens in regulation, losing 1.580 strokes approaching and 1.376 around-the-green. He carded three birdies at holes 1, 5 (from 15'5") and 14, outbalanced by two bogeys at 4 and 13 (1-putt from 27'4"), and double bogey-6 at 8 (second shot in the water). Horschel recorded 1.625 putts per GIR and 1.863 SG: Putting with 25 total putts.
Apr 15 - 4:59 PM

World No. 91 Billy Horschel bogeyed his final hole en route to a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in the third round of the RBC Heritage, up four spots to T4 on 11-under 202, two short of 54-hole leader Ian Poulter.

The 31-year-old is chasing his fifth TOUR title in 189 events, first since the 2017 Byron Nelson 23 starts ago. At the Nelson, he came from one back with 1-under 69 and won a 2-man playoff (Jason Day). The win ended a 64-start drought (2014 TOUR Championship) and was his second come-from-behind victory. After opening in 66-69, the Florida alum hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 1.578 strokes off-the-tee but losing 1.278 around-the-green. He squared two bogey-5s at holes 8 and 18 (failed scrambles), outflanked by six birdies at 1, 5, 9, 10, 12 and 13 (from 24'0"), posting 1.571 putts per GIR and 1.818 SG: Putting with 27 total putts.
Apr 14 - 7:37 PM

World No. 91 Billy Horschel backed up with a 2-under-par 36-33=69 in the second round of the RBC Heritage, currently down six spots to T8 on 7-under 135.

The 31-year-old hit seven (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 0.721 strokes approaching-the-green but losing 1.035 around-the-green. He squared three bogeys at holes 4, 8 and 14 (failed scrambles), outpaced by five circles at 2, 9, 11, 12 and 15, three from between 12 and 17 feet. The Florida alum recorded 1.615 putts per GIR and 1.098 SG: Putting, needing 29 total putts.
Apr 13 - 5:34 PM

Billy Horschel flipped the scoring switch early at Harbour Town Golf Links, piecing together a 5-under-par 35-31=66 during round one, finding himself just two back of the early pacesetter Rory Sabbatini.

The Florida Gator alum arrived with nothing better than T43 over his last eight starts but he does have a few quick starts thrown in during that time (T2 after R1 of WM Phoenix Open and T7 after R1 of API). Today, it was all about smooth iron play out of the gate to rattle off three straight birdies, beginning at the par-4 10th, all from inside 16 feet. In fact, he had eight birdie looks from inside 30 feet on his outward nine, helping to keep the round stress-free. The most notable came at the par-4 18th where he nearly holed out from 160 yards, settling for a tap-in birdie. Horschel was T5 after day one of the 2014 Heritage before fading to T68. That goes along with his current trend of not piecing together four solid rounds. He will now try to keep his foot on the gas in an attempt to avoid that same fate.
Apr 12 - 12:47 PM

World No. 84 Billy Horschel crafted a 2-under-par 36-34=70 in the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational for a 36-hole tally of 6-under 138, up three places on the live leaderboard to T4, five adrift of clubhouse leaders Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau. UPDATE: With play completed, Horschel is T6, trailing Stenson and DeChambeau.

The University of Florida alum improves to 6-for-6 at Bay Hill (68/R1). He landed eight (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, losing 0.415 strokes approaching-the-green but gaining 0.745 off-the-tee. The 31-year-old squared a lone bogey-5 at hole 8 (first blemish of the week), outpaced by three circles at 6, 13 (from 12'0") and 16. He recorded 1.833 putts per GIR and 1.150 SG: Putting with 29 total putts.
Mar 16 - 1:38 PM

Billy Horschel coasted to a bogey-free, 4-under-par 35-33=68 during the opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, placing him four off the pacesetter Henrik Stenson.

Entering the week on the heels of four straight missed cuts, Horschel showed no sign of that poor form today. Splitting 12 (of 14) fairways and pelting 14 greens in regulation, Horschel kept this round stress-free. The putter cooperated but didn't add much extra value. His longest converted putt came from just inside eight feet. Horschel has top 20s in each of his last two Arnold Palmer Invitational appearances and now he's on his way to another strong finish here in Orlando.
Mar 15 - 6:39 PM

Billy Horschel coasted to a bogey-free, 5-under-par 32-34=66 during the opening round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, good for a share of the early lead alongside Rickie Fowler and Bryson DeChambeau.

This was nearly as stress-free as it gets for Horschel. He peppered 15 greens and capitalized on scoring chances when they arose. The only knee-knocker came at the par-4 fourth where he needed to convert a nine-footer to save par. The Florida Gator didn't sink any putts from double-digit range but still managed to gain 1.835 strokes putting. If this co-lead holds it would only be his second career first-round lead/co-lead on the PGA TOUR (2014 TOUR Championship co-lead which he'd go on to win). Surprising for someone that's racked up four wins and found himself in contention many times. Playing his 19th round at TPC Scottsdale, this will go in the books as his third-best round here but easily his best R1 (previous 2-under 69 in 2013 and 2015).
Feb 1 - 3:48 PM

World No. 70 Billy Horschel rallied for a 3-under-par 34-36=70 in the third round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions to reach 8-under 211, up nine spots to T9 with play still in progress.

After opening in 70-71, the 31-year-old began T13 on 5-under, five shy of a pair of 36-hole co-leaders. He hit nine (of 15) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, losing 0.841 strokes off-the-tee and 0.716 around-the-green, but gaining 1.773 on approach. The Florida alum squared bogey-5 at 14 and ate double bogey-6 at 10 (tee ball OB), overshadowed by six circles at 5, 7, 12 and three straight at 16-18. He registered 1.714 putts per GIR and 1.354 SG: Putting, needing 30 total putts.
Jan 6 - 6:40 PM