AVONDALE, La. – Billy Horschel slept only about two hours after celebrating his stirring victory at the Zurich Classic, but that’s not the reason he won’t play this week in Charlotte.
No, the newest PGA Tour winner decided after his second round last Friday that he wouldn’t tee it up at the Wells Fargo Championship – especially since he was already in the field for The Players Championship, which would have been his fourth tournament in a row.
“I apologize,” he told tournament director Kim Houghman on the phone, “but I’m tired. I just need some time off.”
Already 12 events deep, Horschel has taken only four weeks off through the first four months of the season. In fact, he was away from home so much during the West Coast swing – playing every stop but Riviera – that he bought a house near Jacksonville having only seen pictures on the computer. His wife, Brittany, has handled all the paperwork and renovations.
Fatigued or not, Horschel was riding a string of three consecutive top 10s when he stepped onto the grounds at TPC Louisiana with an eerie sense of calm.
Perhaps that’s because after failing to convert a 54-hole lead in San Antonio, Horschel received a text from a lawyer friend in New Orleans, who wrote: “Don’t worry about it. Your first one will be here.”