SAN ANTONIO – Billy Horschel’s runner-up last week in Houston meant more than the 26-year-old’s best career finish on the PGA Tour.
Oh, no. Much more than that.
Horschel already owns the longest active made-cut streak on the PGA Tour, at 21. But after his T-2 at Redstone, he now has earned more than $930,000 in nine starts, which will be more than enough to retain his playing privileges for next season.
After the final round in Houston, Horschel said, “I told people, it’s going to be a scary thing. It’s going to be Scary Billy, in the sense that my card is wrapped up and now I can play a little more free and a little more at ease. I haven’t been in a position where my card has been wrapped up and I can just let it go and not have to worry about things.”
After turning pro in 2009 after a standout career at Florida, and then advancing through Q-School, his rookie season was derailed by a wrist injury that eventually required surgery. Even after receiving a major medical extension, he took detours to Q-School each of the past two years.
“I thought right after I got my card, I thought it was going to be smooth sailing,” he said. “Then it took me a year to get back to playing somewhat good golf, and it took me another year to understand how to control my emotions and what I needed to do day-in and day-out to play well out here. It’s not that I’m a slow learner; it’s just taken me a little time.”