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Born: 8 October 1996
Birthplace: Manchester, England
College: University of Florida
Resides: Florida, USA
Major Wins: 0
Euro or PGA Tour Wins: 2
Other Wins: 0
Grass Preference: Unknown
Significant Life Events: No
GBC Wind Performance Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
GBC Pressure Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Sam had a breakthrough 2020 as he won twice on the European Tour and broke inside the top 100 in the official world golf rankings.
Sam was born in England but moved to Orlando at the age of five. He famously beat Ian Poulter when he was 14 years old and Poulter has acted as his mentor ever since. Horsfield won the 2017 European Tour Qualifying school in 2017 and served notice of his capabilities with a couple of top 5 finishes early in 2018.
He's an undoubted talent who will likely gravitate towards the PGA Tour in future.
Pressure Performance Analysis
Sam performed very well for both his wins. The fact he didn't record a single bogey over his final 36 holes at the Celtic Classic is testament to how impressive he was. However, recent Sunday efforts have been poor and his Golf Betting Club Pressure Performance Rating is set at ⭐⭐⭐.
❌ Solo 2nd (1 shot back) going into the final round of the DP World Tour Championship. Sam had a nightmare day, shooting a 74 (5th worst score of the day) to slip to 9th.
❌ Fith place (although six shots back) going into the final round of the Portugal Masters. Shot a final round 71 to slip to 12th.
➖ Trailed Garrick Higgo by 3 shots heading into the final round of the Gran Canaria Open. Shot 66 to finish 6 shots behind Higgo in 4th place. A solid effort.
➖ Four shots back at the Kenya Savannah Classic, Sam shot a final round 64 to miss out on a playoff by a shot. Sam bogeyed the last hole to lose out.
✅ Sam trailed Connor Syme by a shot going into the final round at the Celtic Classic. Shot a 67 to win by two shots. No bogeys and very impressive final round.
✅ Leading by a stroke at the Hero Open, Sam shot a final round 68, including a birdie at the last, to win by one shot.
❌ Trailed Renato Paratore by 4 shots at the British Masters with 18 holes remaining. Shot a disappointing final round 73 (2nd worst of anyone in the top 20).
Between 2018 - 2020, Sam had seven top 7 finishes. Five of those finishes came after a missed cut and one of those came after a finish of 61st. Don't be put off backing Sam if he appears out of form but the test suits.
Run of 8-3-15-4 in 2021 and two wins in three starts in 2020.
Events to back Horsfield
A winner her in 2020 and 6th in 2021, he loves the aggressive golf necessary at Celtic Manor.
8th and 3rd in Kenya in 2021.
Sam has yet to be in a playoff.
2020 Celtic Classic
"I never really felt nervous or felt uncomfortable, maybe because I was in this situation a few weeks ago. After I missed the cut last week I was never concerned. I felt like after your first win and everything that was going on I felt a little mentally drained and I probably should have decided to take the week off. I just wasn’t all there but I knew my game was in good shape so I basically just forgot about last week."