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Born: 7 December 1986
Birthplace: Grant, Florida, USA
College: University of Florida
Resides: Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA
Major Wins: 0
Euro or PGA Tour Wins : 7 (1 pairs win also)
Other wins: 0
Grass Preference: Unknown
Significant Life Events: No
GBC Wind Performance Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
GBC Pressure Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Billy is a solid all round golfer who won twice in 2021 including his first WGC at the matchplay championship. He finished the year world number 23, his highest ranking since 2015.
Billy is probably the defining example of the effect a baby (or impending baby arrival) can have on a golfer. In 2014 Billy claimed the BMW Championship and Tour Championship in consecutive weeks ensuring that he scooped the $10m FedEx Cup. Two days after his win at the Tour Championship his wife gave birth to their first child.
They say money can't buy happiness and Billy struggled in 2015 and 2016 to replicate his 2014 form, sliding from a career best 13th in the rankings to 81st in early 2017. However, in May 2017 it became apparent why Billy had struggled when his wife Brittany revealed she was an alcoholic and Billy had been trying to juggle his difficult family circumstances and life on tour. Billy and Brittany had their second child a month before Billy won in 2017, once again demonstrating the power of the 'Nappy Factor' on Billy.
States he enjoys playing in tough conditions.
In February 2020 Billy terminated his equipment sponsorship with PXG in protest at PXG parting ways with their director of tournament player relations.
Pressure Performance Analysis
Three of Billy's six strokeplay wins have come from off the pace and three have come leading after three rounds so he is equally adept at winning from the front or catching up. His record at the business end of tournaments is impressive. His Golf Betting Club Pressure Performance Rating is set to ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐.
✅ Began the final round of the Memorial 5 shots ahead and shot 72 to win by 4 shots.
➖ Co-led the Arnold Palmer Invitational in difficult conditions and shot 75 to finish 1 shot behind winner Scottie Scheffler who shot 72.
➖ Began 3 shots back from the leaders at the Farmers Insurance Open and shot 71 to finish 3 shots back of List.
✅ Began the final round of the BMW PGA Championship 2 shots behind Laporta. Shot a 65 to win by 1 shot.
✅ Defeated Scottie Scheffler to win the WGC World Matchplay Championship.
➖ Began the final round of the 2021 WGC Workday Championship 2 shots behind Collin Morikawa. Shot 70 to finish 3 shots behind.
✅ He trailed Si Woo Kim by 3 shots going into the final round of the Wyndham Championship, shooting 65 to finish in 2nd, 1 shot behind Jim Herman who shot 63.
✅ Billy was one shot behind entering the final 18 holes at the Barbasol Championship. Shot a credible 67 (only two players bettered that in the top 20) to finish tied 2nd.
❌ Shot a disappointing 72 (joint 2nd worst score of anyone in the top 20) when 1 behind going into the final round of the 2018 RBC Heritage (a 70 would have been enough for a playoff).
✅ One shot behind going into the final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson, Billy fired a 69 to get into a playoff with Jason Day which he would go on to win.
Billy can be a streaky player and one to watch if his putter gets hot. In each of 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 he recorded back to back top 10 finishes in each year. Watch out for evidence of his putter heating up.
Goes Well Fresh
Won the WGC Matchplay and 2nd at WGC Concession after weeks off in 2021.
Events to back Horschel
BMW PGA Championship
Billy has a special relationship with this tournament, partly because he gets to visit hsi West Ham teamates! Wentworth suits his game perfectly with a 1st and 4th since 2019.
Strong record at WGC's of late, won the WGC and 2nd at WGC Concession in 2021. 2nd at the 2020 WGC Wokday Championship.
1-1. Billy lost out at the 2017 RSM Classic in a 5 man playoff (he missed a 3 ft putt for par at the first playoff hole) but did beat Jason Day to win the AT&T Byron Nelson in 2017 after Jason three putted to hand Billy the title. Billy is someone to consider laying in a playoff situation.
British Open, 2019
With tomorrow's conditions, do you like playing (inaudible) to the forecast when it's nasty and windy?
BILLY HORSCHEL: I love it. I think for me I'm a pretty mentally tough player. I love playing in tough conditions. I think historically I've done well in them. I think guys can get in their own way, complain about it and sort of forget that everyone's playing in it. So I think historically I've loved conditions like that.