Former Florida Gators golfer Billy Horschel capped the best three weeks of his young career on Sunday by winning the 2014 Tour Championship and bringing home $11.44 million – a $1.44 million winner’s share as well as a $10 million bonus for clinching the much-desired 2014 FedExCup title.
Horschel finished -2 (68) on Sunday and -11 for the tournament, which was held at East Lake Golf Course in Atlanta, Georgia, edging competitors Rory McIlroy and Jim Furyk by three strokes each.
He opened the event by shooting four-under 66s on Thursday and Friday, extending his lead with a one-under 69 on Saturday to enter Sunday with a two-stroke lead.
Paired Rory McIlroy, winner of two majors in 2014, Horschel shot a two-under 33 on the front nine Sunday before bogeying 10. After four consecutive pars on holes 11-14, he birdied 15 to regain his one-stroke lead.
Horschel started the 16th by driving his tee shot into the rough, recovering into the fairway before seeing his approach shot hit the green and roll back 10 additional feet away from the hole. Cool and calm under the circumstances, Horshel surveyed the situation before draining a clutch 30-foot putt to save par and maintain his one-stroke advantage.
Horschel finished his career-defining round by earning par on 17 and 18.
Playing his three best weeks of golf as a professional this September, Horschel earned $2.03 million over the prior two weeks by winning the 2014 BMW Championship last Sunday and finishing second in the Deutsche Bank Championship two Mondays ago. He has earned $13.47 million over the last three weeks.
The BMW Championship victory was the second PGA Tour win for the three-time First Team All-American and two-time Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, who previously won the 2013 Zurich Classic. The Tour Championship crown is his third.
Horschel finishes the 2014 season with $14.8 million in his pocket and is on the rise as one of the best young Americans currently playing the sport. The money will be well-spent by his wife and fellow former Gators golfer, Brittany Horschel, with the couple expecting their first child in at some point over the next two weeks.
Horschel won the Tour Championship and FedExCup titles on Sunday while playing with these custom orange-and-blue PING S55 irons.
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) September 14, 2014
Billy Ho with a beautiful Gator Chomp up 18. What a gutsy win and incredible accomplishment. Can't wait to hear about it at Gator Golf Day
— JC Deacon (@realjcdeacon) September 14, 2014