Billy Horschel redeemed himself for last week’s 72nd-hole disappointment with a two-shot victory Sunday at the BMW Championship. Here’s the skinny on the final round at Cherry Hills:
The leaderboard: Billy Horschel (-14); Bubba Watson (-12); Morgan Hoffmann (-11); Ryan Palmer, Sergio Garcia Rickie Fowler and Jim Furyk at -9
What it means: It’s the second career victory for Horschel, who enjoyed a breakout season in 2013, including a victory at the Zurich Classic, but had only a pair of top 10s entering the FedEx Cup playoffs. Last week he had a chance to win the Deutsche Bank Championship, only to chunk his second shot into the par-5 18th and finish in a tie for second. After this victory, Horschel moved to No. 1 in points (the top 5 at East Lake control their own destiny) heading into the Tour Championship.
Round of the day: Morgan Hoffmann came home in 30 for a 62-63 weekend and solo third in Denver. His two-round score of 125 was the lowest on the PGA Tour this season. That was more than enough to punch his ticket to the Tour Championship – an incredible feat, given that the former Oklahoma State standout started these playoffs at No. 124 in points.
Best of the rest: Despite four-putting the 12th hole again Sunday, Rory McIlroy still managed to shoot 66 and record another top-10 finish. The 66 was the same final-round score shot by Jim Furyk and Adam Scott, who finished T-4 and T-8, respectively.
Biggest disappointment: Closing in on Horschel at the top, Ryan Palmer cold-shanked a wedge shot into the creek on 13, leading to a double bogey. He dropped five shots in his last seven holes. Honorable mention goes to Sergio Garcia, who pulled within two shots after going out in 29 Sunday, but then he bladed a chip into the water on 17 and made a triple-bogey 8.
Quote of the day: “After last week a lot of people on Twitter wanted to call me a choker. I didn’t choke; I just made a bad swing at the wrong time. You don’t choke coming from behind. To lead this thing, to hold on, it means a lot.” – Horschel