Tour Championship, FedExCup, Billy Wins It All

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Billy Horschel wins it all, the Tour Championship and the FedExCup.

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Billy and Two Trophies.

Billy described it one word;

“Unbelievable.”

He cruised through the final round in -2 under par 68 to finish with a total of -11 under par, and a three shot victory. He spoke about his pregnant wife and how they had discussed this tournament;

I remember flying home and talking with my wife and she said, ‘You’re probably just waiting for the season to be over and start a new season.’ I sort of was.”

 “But at the same time, I knew my game was in the right shape and I just needed to get out of my own way. I needed to allow my golf game to show.”

“Hopefully, she’s not going into labor right now.”

I was able to rise to the occasion and get the job done, and it just gives me so much confidence, such a thrill to accomplish something like this, especially with the guys I was going up against.”

Rory McIlroy failed to fire in the final round, carding a +1 over par 71, he finished the tournament tied in second place with Jim Furyk, at -8 under par.

Rory had to admit that Billy played the best golf;

“Billy deserved it, he played the best golf this week. I was making bad swings at the wrong time and getting punished for them.”

“When Billy was making bogey on ten I thought I had a decent chance and then I three-putt there for the second day in a row and I felt like any chance I had to win the golf tournament went.”

“To win two Majors, my first WGC event and give it a real good run in these FedEx events, I’m really proud of myself the way I hung in there and dug deep the last few weeks.”

“When I look back on the year as a whole it’s been my best year to date so I can’t complain.”

Rory and Jim will be heading off to the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland, the European Team will be happy that Billy Horschel will not be there, especially in the form that he is in right now.

L.E.T. Evian Championship. Hyo-Joo Kim Wins.

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Hyo-Joo Kim wins the Evian Championship on the Ladies European Tour in France.

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Hyo-Joo shot a final round -3 under par 68 to post the winning total of -11 under par to collect the Evian Championship title. The 19 year-old from Korea was playing in her first Major tournament, calmly rolling in a birdie on the last hole to win. She showed no emotion but afterwards announced;

“I was flying like a bird.”

Karrie Webb finished second at -10 under par, but was leading coming down the 18th, a poor chip shot being her undoing;

It was a rush of adrenaline with the belly wedge and the putt was faster than I thought. It was a very poor putt and I knew I had to make it for a play-off.”

” I had a lot of good shots and hit every green, bar the second hole, and it’s obviously disappointing, but I gave myself a good chance.”

There were four South Koreans in the top five places, Ha-Na Jang and MJ Hur tied for third place on -9 under par, with Ya Neon Choi in fifth place on -8 under-par.

Michelle Wie was named the inaugural winner of the Rolex ANNIKA Major Award on Sunday at Evian Golf Club, which made up for having to withdraw from the tournament due to her injury;

“It’s awesome just to be a part of history to win the first inaugural Rolex Annika Major Award.”

“I remember hearing that we were going to have this award last year, and I kind of set that goal for this year. That was one of the biggest goals that I had this year.”

“I really wanted to win it. I tried really hard at all the majors. Unfortunately only played couple, but I worked really hard to get this award. I am extremely proud of myself.”

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Tour Championship. Rory Right Alongside Billy.

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Rory McIlroy is right alongside Billy Horschel as the pair are tied together at the top of the Tour Championship leaderboard at East Lake Golf Club

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Rory Eagled the par five 15th on his way to scoring a -3 under par 67 and catch Billy at the top of the Tour Championship leaderboard, which going to make it an epic battle in the final round. Both golfers are tied at -9 under par for the tournament and both are looking forward to the challenge.

Rory is happy to be there;

“To be tied for the lead with 18 to play, the way I have played this week, thats all I could hope for. My short game really saved me today. I think the par putt on 11 was a big momentum putt in the round after three-putting 10 and Billy being in there pretty close and just narrowly missing for birdie. I think being able to hole that par putt was big.”

“Thats the great thing about the play-off’s, if you just get yourself in, with a good stretch, you have a chance at it all”

“I’ve come here with the ultimate goal of trying to cap it off and trying to put an exclamation point on it or the icing on the cake or whatever you want to call it. Would it be poetic justice? I’d feel really good about it.”

“I just want to win.” 

Billy wanted to go at it straight away;

” Can we go tee it up right now ? I”m serious, that would help me out a lot.”

“Your not going to play a perfect 72 hole event, hope I got my bad nine out of the way, and I have a great 18 left” 

” It’s going to be an exciting day.”

These two have a two shot lead over third placed Jim Furyk who matched Rory’s -3 under par 67 round and is alone in third at -7 under par.

There are three dangerous players just one shot further back at -6 under par, Justin Rose, Jason Day and Rickie Fowler.

Rickie shot -3 under par 67 and Justin went one better with -4 under par 66, while Jason stood still with his even par 72 third round.

Rickie thinks he is in a position to make a go of it;

” Really all you can ask for going into the week is to be in a position to win Sunday.”

“The tournament is really going to start tomorrow on the back nine. I know pretty much most of the scenarios for me. I know if I win I’ve got a pretty good chance. I know there’s some possibilities of some extracurricular activities if certain things line up properly.”

Gary Woodland fired the low round of the day, a -7 under par 63, but after his earlier troubles it only got him to -1 under par for the tournament.

It’s all go for an exciting finale tomorrow.

 

 

L.E.T. Evian Championship. Hyo-Joo Kim Back in Pole Position.

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Hyo-Joo Kim is back in pole position at the Evian Championship, on the Evian Resort Golf Course in France.

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A third round of +1 over par in tough conditions gives Korean Hyo-Joo a one shot lead with a tournament total of -8 under par, going into the final round.

Her interpreter revealed her state of mind;

“I was calm, but if I win, I will get excited.”

The seven-time major champion Karrie Webb is in second place, just one shot behind the leader at -7 under par. Karrie carded a -1 under par third round and spoke about the conditions

“Didn’t hit it very good early, well, I started off with a birdie.  Two good swings down the first. Struggled a little bit there through the middle of the front nine.  Really just hung in there.  The conditions were challenging today with the breeze.”

“There are some really tough shots coming in.  You know, 16, that was playing quite challenging today to pick the right club, and you got to keep it right of the hole.  It was a tough two-putt even from where I hit it.”

“So challenging finish, but I did a really good job and finished the last four in two under.  That really made my round.”

“Just happy to be in this position.  It’s been a while.  Since the start of the year really that I’ve had a legitimate chance to win a tournament. So I feel good about where I’ve put myself.  Proud of my scrambling the last couple days.  Hopefully I’ve got a bit more of those in me tomorrow.”

Mi Jung Hur also had a +1 over par 72 and sits in third place for the tournament at -6 under par. Mi Jung added to comments on how tough the 16th was today;

“I had a good round all day long except the No. 16. I’m satisfied with this round because the pin positions were so tough all day long.”

The overnight leader Brittany Lincicome faded away, dropping four shots off the lead after a +6 over par third round of 77, which featured two double bogeys and a triple bogey within the first seven holes.

 

The Tour Championship. Billy Bursts Ahead.

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Billy Horschel has burst ahead in the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club, leading the field by two shots after 36 holes.

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Billy carded another round of -4 under 66 to lead the Tour Championship with total of -8 under par, he tends to favor the back nine, recording his four birdies over the last ten holes;

“That’s the way it’s been lately, I’ve been playing one side better than the other. I probably should have shot a little lower on the front side today, but I’ll take those two nines again for two more days and see where that gets me.”

“Even though I won last week, I did it without my best stuff. That’s what gives me my confidence.” 

He also spoke about his friend Rory;

“He’s a good buddy, if I happen to come out on top and we’re battling out these next two rounds, that means a lot.”

“The guy won three straight events in a row, and two of them happened to be majors. I think that’s pretty impressive. He’s at that stage where when you’re able to go toe to toe with one of the best players and the No. 1 ranked player in the world and you’re able to come out on top, that gives me a lot of confidence.”

 

The overnight co-leader Chris Kirk, with Rory McIlroy and Jason Day are tied in second place, just two shots back at -6 under par. Chris(No. 1) and Rory (No. 4) are also among the top 5 players who would automatically win the FedExCup with a victory at East Lake Golf Club. Jason (No. 10) needs a win and would also need the benefit of some help from the top five players.

Rory had an amusing escape from a wild tee shot that ricocheted around in the tree’s, and seemed to disappear.  No one knew where it went until a fan realized it had fallen into the front pocket of his shorts.

A PGA TOUR rules official ascertained that the fan had not moved, so Rory was given a free drop under Rule 19-1-a, but he was not going to retrieve the ball himself;

“I know how sweaty my pockets are. I’m not going into anyone else’s. I need to stop hitting it off-line. Things happen there.”

Before coming into these FedExCup Playoffs, it was going to be a great season, anyway. I wanted to cap it off in style, and I’ve given myself a chance to do that over the next two days.”

“I’m going into this week with nothing to lose. I’m the one that’s got the two majors this year. I’m the one that’s had the great season. Those are the guys that are trying to cap off a great season for themselves.”

“No matter what happens over the weekend, it’s going to be OK, but I still want to win this thing.”

BMW Championship. Billy Lifts BMW Championship Trophy.

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Billy Horschel lifts the BMW Championship Trophy at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver.

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Billy held it all together while those around him faltered, his final round -1 under par enough to give him the BMW Championship with a -14 under par tournament total.

Last week at the Deutsche Bank Championship he was tied second, a win this week, what is his prediction for the The TOUR Championship next week ?;

“I’m not going to go ahead and guarantee a victory right now, but I will say that I’m probably going to play very well and I will have a chance to win on Sunday.”

“You want to keep saying negative things to me, that just adds fuel to my fire, I’m going to stick it to you every time. If I was a betting man, I would put some money on me.”

Billy was not too impressed with his -1 under par final round effort;

“I didn’t have my great stuff, I had been holding it for way too many holes. I just felt like, you know, I can sort of relax now.”

Bubba Watson had to settle for second place, a last round -4 under par 66 not good enough to make a challenge, finishing two shots behind at -12 under par, he laid the blame on poor putting;

” You’re going to have weeks like that, and I’ll take it. It’s one of those things where I had a shot, second place is a start in the right direction.”

“10 million bucks worth of putts wouldn’t be too bad.”

Morgan Hoffman took third place, a superb last round of -7 under par 63 and -11 under par total, it was also good enough to get him into the top 30 for The TOUR Championship next week, his first ever appearance. He will also get to play the Majors, with friend Rickie Fowler;

“It means the world to me.”

“It’s going to be really exciting to play in the majors with him next year, it’s always been a dream of mine to play in the Masters.”

“I didn’t really hit it much better on the weekend than the first two days.”

 

Sergio was cruising along and seemed almost certain to catch Billy, or at least bring some pressure to bear, unfortunately he failed miserably when he carded an eight at the par 5, 17th, some very poor chip shots costing him dearly, and he was only 89 yards from the green.

He tweeted;

“Shame about the 17th today but still very happy with the week. Looking forward to the @playofffinale!”

“It’s what happens when you’re not just mentally sharp.”

Ryan Palmer had it going, until the 12th, which he bogeyed, then followed that with a double on 13th and two more bogey’s at the end, on 15 and 18.

He finished with a +1 over par 71 and -9 under par total, a rare shank started the rot;

“It wasn’t very good, obviously, it came out straight right.”

“You know, it’s a fickle game.”

Rory McIlroy tweeted that just in case you missed his four-putt yesterday, he did it again today.

This is how the top five line up for next weeks TOUR Championship

1. Chris Kirk 2. Billy Horschel 3. Bubba Watson 4. Rory McIlroy 5. Hunter Mahan

The strange thing is Dustin Johnson is in 30th place, the last qualifying spot, and he can not play, so why can they not call up the next man in line. Stuart Appleby ?

 

BMW Championship. Horschel Flying High, Rory In Retreat.

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Billy Horschel is flying high at the top of the BMW Championship leaderboard at Cherry Hills Country Club.

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Billy carded a third round -7 under par 63 and sits on top of the BMW Championship leaderboard with a three shot lead going into the final round at -13 under par.

Rory McIlroy went the other way lamely signing for a +2 over par 72, which leaves him nine shots off the pace and languishing at T10.

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A four putt triple bogey at the par 3 12th hole ended any hopes Rory had of lifting this particular trophy.

At the other end of the scale Billy sunk a 32-foot birdie putt on the 18th Saturday to post a 7-under 63 and take a three-shot lead over Ryan Palmer in the BMW Championship, he spoke about the positives;

“There were a lot more positives from last week to take than just one bad swing on the last hole. So, I knew coming in that I was going to play well.”

Ryan is not that far behind, scoring -3 under par 67 in his third round giving him a -10 under par tournament total;

“Rory, he’s No. 1 in the world, and Sergio has been up there for years, so, for me to come out and hang in there and play well, I’m taking the next step in my career, I think.”

Third place is shared by Martin Kaymer and Bubba Watson, both have -8 under par totals, but will have to go low tomorrow to catch the leader.

Morgan Hoffman posted the low round of the day, a magnificent -8 under par 62, but can only boast a -4 under par total. Knowing he had to finish this week in the top three to make it to the Tour Championship next week, today he just went out and played golf, and at one point in the round was thinking of a 59;

“I don’t have anything to lose, so I was just trying to have some fun. It was possible with three more birdies coming in.”

“We were feeding off each other a bunch, we were joking around the whole day. Kind of just messing with each other, which is a lot of fun out there. It really helped our game.”

Morgan is actually just four shots out of third place. If he can go really low once more he could well make it to next week;

“I’m going to be going low and being as aggressive as I can, there’s no reason not to.”

Phil Mickelson withdrew from the BMW Championship, bringing to an end to his worst PGA Tour season in more than 10 years. He quit after two days so that he could rest up before the Ryder Cup;

“My primary goal is to rest and prepare for the Ryder Cup. Without a chance to contend at the Tour Championship, the most important thing for me now is to prepare for the Ryder Cup.”