2014 FedExCup champion: Billy Horschel
September 14, 2014
By PGATOUR.COM staff, PGATOUR.COM
- Billy Horschel became the fifth consecutive TOUR Championship winner to claim the FedExCup. (Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
It was a season unlike any other on the PGA TOUR in 2013-14. For the first time, the TOUR went to a wrap-around schedule and, more than 11 months after the season's first tee shot was struck, Billy Horschel was crowned FedExCup champion. Horschel became the third consecutive FedExCup champion to claim the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and FedExCup from inside the top 5 of the standings at the start of the event. He became the first since Tiger Woods (2007) to win the final two Playoff events en route to claiming the FedExCup, and the first to win golf's richest prize after starting the Playoffs outside the top 30 in the standings. Here's a look at Horschel's season and how he won the FedExCup:
Horschel's reaction to winning the FedExCup
• On winning the FedExCup: It's surreal, it really is. It hits me a little bit and it still doesn't hit me. But you know, I woke up this morning and I just had this sense of calm over me, which is a little bit unusual, but I was just so calm waking up, and I wasn't nervous at all, and got to the course and felt so relaxed out there.
• His dream of claiming the top prize: I just remember something like that in December or January, I just had this (dream) ‑‑ you know, I woke up and I wasn't sure if it was real or not because it was very faint, but I remember holding up the FedExCup trophy, and as the season went along, I never thought about it, but I just said, well, maybe it was just a dream that wasn't real. And obviously being in the position where I was, I thought about it last week after I won. I've thought about it this week a little bit that maybe this is actually something that is supposed to happen.
• On talking to his parents after the win: So my parents have given my brothers -- Chris and Brian -- and I such a great life and such a great opportunity to do great things in this world without the means that other people have. So for them to be there for this great victory that I have and with everything that comes from it, you know, my parents are‑‑ I'm going to take care of them very well.
• On what changed for him this season: Just a couple of things. Like I said, the mental mindset, changing the way I acted out on the golf course. Being a little bit less hard on myself, being accepting of the golf shots, however they turned out.
The other thing was I got one of the best teachers in the game of golf. I don't think anyone can come close to what he does. He's just not a swing coach. He's a short game coach. He's a putting coach. He talks to me about the mental side of the game and I mean Todd Anderson is just unbelievable. There's not a better guy in this business and I think if you went up‑and‑down the range, talked to players and coaches, they would say the same exact thing that I'm saying.
Season in review
For the longest time, it looked as though Billy Horschel's follow-up act to 2013's breakout campaign would be disappointing. After all, he left The Barclays with seven missed cuts and just two top-10 finishes in his first 24 starts. This a season after racking up eight top 10s and his maiden victory in 26 TOUR starts. But then something happened. Horschel, more than two months removed from his last top-40 finish, found something at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Horschel contended down the stretch, finishing tied for second, but would not know the feeling of coming up short for the remainder of the FedExCup Playoffs. The former Florida Gator claimed both the BMW Championship and the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola to claim the FedExCup after starting the Playoffs at No. 69 in the standings. What makes it more impressive is that Horsdhel played all four rounds in the final pairing, the last two with World No. 1 Rory McIlroy.
Billy Horschel crowned FedExCup Champion and TOUR Championship winner
How Horschel got here Breaking down the FedExCup points won and rank after each 2013-14 start
Rank Change in rank Tournament Finish Points
1 +2 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola 1st 2,500 4,750 --- 2 18 BMW Championship 1 2500 4,305 9 20 62 Deutsche Bank Championship T2 1083.333 1,805 2,349 82 -13 The Barclays CUT 0 722 2,554 69 2 Wyndham Championship T47 22.5 722 1,860 71 -9 PGA Championship T58 10.5 699 1,883 62 -6 The Open Championship CUT 0 689 1,675 56 2 Quicken Loans National T11 58.75 689 1,633 58 2 U.S. Open T23 46 630 1,692 60 12 FedEx St. Jude Classic T6 86 584 1,655 72 0 the Memorial Tournament T15 54.5 498 1,741 72 -4 THE PLAYERS Championship T26 41.5 443 1,698 68 -7 Zurich Classic of New Orleans CUT 0 402 1,644 61 -3 RBC Heritage T68 1.588 402 1,644 58 1 Masters Tournament T37 32 400 1,646 59 -6 Valero Texas Open CUT 0 368 1,554 53 -4 Arnold Palmer Invitational T43 24 368 1,504 49 -1 WGC-Cadillac Championship T50 20.5 344 1,528 48 -8 The Honda Classic CUT 0 324 1,506 40 0 WGC-Accenture Match Play T17 46.563 324 1,506 40 -7 Waste Management Phoenix Open CUT 0 277 956 33 1 Farmers Insurance Open T23 46 277 956 34 -6 Humana Challenge T25 42.5 231 1,002 28 5 Hyundai Tournament of Champions T6 88.75 189 559 33 13 WGC-HSBC Champions T34 35 100 584 46 0 CIMB Classic T11 65 65 596 Playoffs results Year The Barclays
BMW Champ. TOUR Champ. Final FEC Position
2014 MC T2 WON WON 1st 2013 MC T70 T18 T7 16th Results at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola
Year Finish Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Rd. 4 Total To par Money won 2014 1 66 66 69 68 269 -11 $1,440,000 2013 T7 66 70 70 68 274 -6 $264,000