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Former Florida Gators golfer Billy Horschel placed T17 at the 2016 Masters on Sunday, his best standing in three appearances in the event and second-best major finish of his career.
Horschel made waves on Thursday, finishing with a 2-under 70 as he birdied two of his last three holes (Nos. 16, 18) to close out a round many found difficult due to unexpected winds. Horschel’s score was good enough for a T9, putting him — at the time — squarely in contention and four shots back of overall leader Jordan Spieth. Considering every Masters winner over the last decade has been inside the top 10 after day one, Horschel looked to be in great position.
Unfortunately for Horschel, he ejected in a major way during Friday’s Round 2, posting hockey sticks with a 5-over 77 including three consecutive bogeys to end his round on 16-18. He did, however, win best dressed on the day with some sweet azalea-covered pants.
Billy Horschel's PANTS! Yay or nay? pic.twitter.com/L9SzNA7eX8
— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) April 8, 2016
Very disappointing finish. Grinded all day. Missed it in the wrong spots today. Would have been happy with 2 over. Need a strong weekend!
— Billy Horschel (@BillyHo_Golf) April 8, 2016
On Saturday during Round 3, Horschel looked to be making some gains on Spieth and the field, but an eagle putt-turned-bogey on No. 15 — in which Horschel got a bit screwed over due to high winds — ruined his round and left him with a 1-over 73 on the afternoon.
Thanks to everybody for the encouraging words. Unfortunately, bad luck on 15. Nothing I could have done differently. Will get it back 2mrw!
— Billy Horschel (@BillyHo_Golf) April 9, 2016
Horschel ultimately finished Sunday how he started it at T17. He shot an even-par 72 with three bogies, a birdie and an insane eagle that was one of the top highlights of a fantastic day at Augusta National.
— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 10, 2016
For his efforts over the last four days, Horschel will bring home a cool $145,000, his third biggest payday of the season. It was the sixth time this season he finished inside the top 20 of a tournament since Dec. 2015.