NORTON, Mass. – Billy Horschel picked a bad time to hit a bad shot.
Needing birdie on the final hole at the Deutsche Bank Championship to match Chris Kirk, Horschel’s approach to the par-5 18th from 211 yards came up well short, bounding into the hazard that fronts the green. With a single swing, his chance for a second career victory was over.
When he failed to get up-and-down from the drop zone for par, Horschel also saw a chance to lock up a spot in the season-ending Tour Championship slip through his fingers.
“I’m pretty pissed off about that,” he said after a 2-under 69 left him in a three-way tie for second, two shots behind Kirk. “Making that bogey, I think, sort of dropped me outside of possibly the top 10 in the FedEx. I could have secured my spot just a little bit better.”
Horschel’s math was correct, and he will begin the BMW Championship at No. 20 in the standings. It’s still an impressive rise from a player who entered this week outside the projected bubble at No. 82 and with only two top-10 finishes to his credit this season.
“There’s always a lot of positives to take away from this week,” he said. “First time I’ve been in this position all year. I handled myself. I stayed calm, stayed patient, played well. Made one bad swing, and it happens to come on the last hole. Maybe if it comes earlier in the round, I have time to recover from it.”
Despite missing out on a win, Horschel now heads to Denver imbued with confidence after failing to post a top-40 finish in any of his four prior starts.
“I’m happy where my game is and that it decided to show up,” he said. “Maybe I’ll get that victory next weekend, and it will be even better.”