4 BITS: Horschel, tough schedule, Florida Field

By Adam Silverstein
September 2, 2014

1 » Former Florida Gators golfer Billy Horschel was in contention to win the 2014 Deutsche Bank Championship…all until his second shot on the final hole of the event. Trailing by one stroke, Horschel was 198 yards away from the hole and set to reach the green in two on the par-5 18th, a hole he birdied thrice before, when he instead chunked a 6-iron into the marsh. Instead of finishing with an eagle or birdie, which respectively would have won him the tournament or forced a playoff, Horschel posted a bogey on 18. He finished in a three-way tie for second, losing the event (and the chance for the full winner’s purse of $1.44 million) to Georgia’s Chris Kirk. Horschel still brought home $597,333. Horschel’s second-place finish vaulted him from 82nd to 20th in the FedExCup, and he should receive a spot in the 2014 Tour Championship. He could also be a dark horse candidate for the United States’ Ryder Cup team.

2 » Florida released an interesting somewhat-behind-the-scenes look at its game week preparation with clips head coach Will Muschamp during his Monday meeting with the team, strength and conditioning coach Jeff Dillman working out the Gators and Ben Hill Griffin Stadium during UF’s season opener that wasn’t on Saturday.

3 » Though its schedule is opening late and may wind up being reduced to 11 games, the task of winning games will still be exceedingly difficult for the Florida football team this season. The Gators are scheduled to face the top two teams ranked in the Associated Press Preseason Top 25 poll – both on the road – with plenty of other tough contests in between including LSU, Georgia and South Carolina. Scott Carter of Florida’s school website dug deeper into the difficulty of UF’s schedule, and after some research with the AP, determined that “the Gators are only the second SEC team – and first in 36 years – to face the two top-ranked preseason teams on the road in the same season.” Florida is also just the 13th team being forced to do it since 1961.

4 » If you’ve got four minutes, take a look at this timelapse of the Gators’ turf crew painting Florida Field at The Swamp ahead of what was expected to be Florida’s season-opener against Idaho.

One Comment

  1. Frank says:

    Thanks Adam for posting the behind-the-scenes videos. Can’t get enough of my Gators!!!

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