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    FedExCup champ Horschel starts defense this week

  • Billy Horschel, who won the FedExCup last month, makes his 2014-15 season debut this week. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Billy Horschel, who won the FedExCup last month, makes his 2014-15 season debut this week. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Reigning FedExCup Champion Billy Horschel will make his 2014-15 PGA TOUR Season debut this week at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. With his opening tee shot, he will also make history.

Horschel, who lifted the FedExCup at East Lake in mid-September, will be less than five weeks removed from the biggest triumph of his career. His start will mark the earliest for a defending FedExCup champion following his victory, edging Henrik Stenson's six-week mark of a season ago.

Horschel, has played the TOUR's annual stop at TPC Summerlin just once, finishing tied for 16th in 2011. He tweeted Sunday about his excitement to get the new season under way.

No player has ever defended his FedExCup title and just two -- Stenson last season and Brandt Snedeker in 2013 -- have returned to East Lake the season following their FedExCup triumphs.

Here's a quick look at how past FedExCup champions have fared in their first official starts after claiming the FedExCup:

Player Year winning the
FedExCup
Next start Result
Tiger Woods
2007 2008 Buick Invitational Won
Vijay Singh 2008 2009 Mercedes-Benz Championship
2009 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (first full-field start)
T27
MC
Tiger Woods
2009 2010 Masters Tournament
T4
Jim Furyk 2010 2011 Hyundai Tournament of Champions
2011 Sony Open in Hawaii (first full-field start)
T9
MC
Bill Haas
2011 2012 Hyundai Tournament of Champions
2012 Humana Challenge (first full-field start)
20th
T64
Brandt Snedeker
2012 2013 Hyundai Tournament of Champions
2013 Humana Challenge (first full-field start)
3rd
T23
Henrik Stenson 2013 2013 WGC-HSBC Champions T31
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