Three Florida Gators golfers at 2015 U.S. Open

Three former Florida Gators golfers – and one incoming freshman – will participate in the 2015 U.S. Open beginning Thursday at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington.

Below are breakdowns of each of the golfers. Scores will be updated each day after their rounds are completed.

Billy Horschel
Years at Florida: 2006-09
PGA Tour wins: 3
Major wins: 0
U.S. Open cuts made: 2/3
Best U.S. Open finish: T4 (2013)
Career earnings: $10.7 million
Official World Golf Ranking: 20

» Round 1 score: +2, 72 (T52)
» Round 2 score: +2, 72 (+4, 144, T50)
» Round 3 score: +3, 73 (+7, 217, T46)
» Round 4 score: -3, 67 (+4, 284, 27th)

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Florida Gators at 2015 Masters: all three cut

Three former Florida Gators golfers participated in the 2015 Masters beginning Thursday at Augusta National, making the Florida golf program the second-most represented in the tournament behind Georgia (six).

Below are breakdowns of each of the golfers, all three of whom missed the Friday cut line at +2.

Billy Horschel
Years at Florida: 2006-09
PGA Tour wins: 3
Major wins: 0
Masters cuts made: 1/1
Best Masters finish: T37 (2014)
Career earnings: $10.1 million
Official World Golf Ranking: 18

» Round 1 score: -2 (70), T12
» Round 2 score: +6 (78)
» CUT: +4 (148)

» Horschel on the Masters (via Florida Times-Union): “It’s got a lot of history and everything but it’s no different than any other 18-hole golf course. They have 18 holes. … I can see why people get in awe. It’s just not my style, never has been my style.”

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WATCH: Camilo Villegas registers three aces in five days, two at the Masters Par 3 Contest

Former Florida Gators golfer Camillo Villegas had himself a day on Wednesday, dropping in a pair of holes-in-one – on No. 4 and No. 8 – during the 2015 Masters Par 3 Contest at Augusta National.

Villegas now has three aces in the last five days, as he also registered a hole-in-one on the 14th hole at The Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Florida, on Saturday.

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Former Gators golfer Matt Every wins second straight Arnold Palmer Invitational

There’s something about Matt Every and the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The former Florida Gators golfer accomplished a rare feat on Sunday by winning the event, played at Bay Hill Club & Lounge in Orlando, for the second straight year.

Every, whose first and only PGA Tour win prior to Sunday came at the 2014 event, became the third golfer in tournament history to win it in back to back seasons. Loren Roberts (1994-95) and Tiger Woods (2000-03, 2008-09, 2012-13) were the first two.

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Bonner, McCray, Villegas headline UF Athletic Hall of Fame class of 2015 inductees

Seven former letterwinners – including Gator Greats Matt Bonner (basketball), Nicole McCray (volleyball) and Camilo Villegas (men’s golf) – will be inducted as members of the UF Athletic Hall of Fame’s 2015 class.

The F Club and Gator Boosters, Inc. announced Tuesday that the honors will be bestowed upon these former players at the Hall of Fame Banquet on April 10 in the Holloway Touchdown Terrace at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Inductees are divided into three distinct categories: Gator Greats, Distinguished Letterwinners and Honorary Letterwinners.

The remainder of the 2014 class includes Gator Greats Camilo Benedetti (men’s golf), Beth Farmer (women’s track & field, cross country), Candice Scott (women’s track & field) and Stephanie Zunich Donley (women’s swimming).

Read more about each inductee and their career accomplishments…
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4 BITS: Horschel, U.S. Open, Spikes, Grossman

1 » Former Florida Gators golfer Billy Horschel (-11) is in contention at the Deutsche Bank Championship, one stroke back of leader Russell Henley (-12) with the event’s final round set to begin Monday afternoon. Horschel and Henley will tee off at 1:55 p.m. as the final pairing but will also face stiff competition from Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Chris Kirk, all of whom are just two shots back at -10. Horschel’s best finish this season has been sixth (twice, most recently at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in June). He’s looking for his first tournament victory since 2013 when he won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Horschel has already earned $1.3 million this season. Former Gators golfers Camilo Villegas and Matt Every also made the initial cut at the Deutsche Bank, but Villegas is at the back of the pack and Every got cut after shooting an 86 in the third round.

2 » Florida freshman tennis player Brooke Austin is competing in the junior’s bracket of 2014 U.S. Open, facing Evgeniya Levashova in opening-round action. The match is suspended, as of press time, with Austin up 4-1 in the second set after falling 6-0 to Levashova in the first. Former Gators star Lisa Raymond, also participated this year, teaming with fellow American Vania King in the women’s doubles draw. Pushing past opponents in the first two rounds, Raymond/King fell 6-3, 6-7(4-7), 6-2 to Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova of Russia on Monday. The oldest woman to ever win a Grand Slam doubles title (back in 2011 at age 38 with partner Liezel Huber), Raymond has won nearly $10 million in her career with 15 Grand Slam doubles titles and a bronze medal in mixed doubles from the 2012 London Olympics.

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FOUR BITS: Villegas, Cooper, White, Jenkins

1 » Former Florida Gators golfer Camilo Villegas captured his fourth career PGA Tour title over the weekend when he won the 2014 Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina, and took home a winning share of $954,000. Villegas, who had not won an event since finishing first at the 2010 Honda Classic four years ago, edged Bill Hass and Freddie Jackson by a single stroke with a -17 on the tournament. He opened and closed the event by shooting 63 on Thursday and Sunday. Villegas jumped up to 37th in the new FedExCup standings, moving up 68 spots from No. 105. He is the second former Gators golfer to win on tour this year as Matt Every picked up a victory in the 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational back on March 23. Every is currently ranked 35th in the FedExCup.


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4 BITS: SEC Network, Horschel, Smith, Calathes

1 » With just six weeks to go until the launch of the SEC Network, there are still plenty of cable and satellite companies that have not come to an agreement on terms with ESPN to carry the channel. However, according to FOXSports.com, Comcast appears to be the next in line to make a deal with the World Wide Leader in Sports. Company spokesman John Demming claims that Comcast and ESPN are “working out final details” for the network with an agreement expected to be announced “in the near future.” Currently, the SEC Network is only scheduled to go live on AT&T Uverse, DISH Network and Google fiber. DirecTV and Time Warner Cable are the other major entities that have not agreed with ESPN, though Comcast’s agreement to purchase TWC for $45 billion will likely make that contract signing easier. (Same with AT&T attempting to acquire DirecTV in a similar deal.) Smaller cable companies are expected to come to terms to carry the channel once the larger deals are struck. Florida Gators fans concerned about whether Cox Communications will have the station should take solace in the fact that it would be bad business and public relations for the SEC Network to go live without fans of one of the top teams in the Southeastern Conference able to watch it.


The SEC Network on Monday also announced that 10-year veteran anchor Dari Nowkhah has reached a multi-year deal with ESPN an will host the station’s “weeknight news and information show,” called SEC Now. The new show will debut on Thursday, Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. [Pictures: Set renderings]

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