Horschel rises to career-best 23rd in OWGR


Billy Horschel took home $1,444,000 for his two-shot win at Cherry Hills. (Getty Images)

Billy Horschel was largely disappointed with his 2014 season – at least until this month.  

After a T-2 finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Horschel was even better at the BMW, holding on for a two-shot victory at Cherry Hills. His two-week surge has resulted in a huge move in the Official World Ranking – from No. 59 to a career-best No. 23.

Previously, Horschel hadn’t been ranked higher than 34th, a position he held at last year’s Tour Championship.

Other notable moves at the BMW were made by Bubba Watson, whose runner-up finish jumped him from No. 9 to No. 6, and Sergio Garcia, whose T-4 was enough to move him into the top 3 in the world. 

One of the other major stories during these FedEx Cup playoffs has been the play of Morgan Hoffmann, who began the four-tournament series at No. 124 in points. After a T-9 and solo third at the Barclays and BMW, respectively, Hoffmann has risen from No. 235 in the world to No. 101. His 62-63 weekend at Cherry Hills was also enough to put him in the Tour Championship, earning a spot in the first three majors of 2015.

Here is the top 10 in the world heading into the Tour Championship: world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Garcia, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Watson, Jim Furyk, Jason Day, Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson