Billy Horschel has captured his first PGA tour title after keeping his composure on the 72nd hole. He holed a difficult 27-foot putt to avoid going into a play-off with D.A. Points who was only trailing by one stroke. This victory puts Horschel into the Fed Ex Cup top 5 standings which is something he has not achieved in his career until now.
Horschel looked as though he knew he had sealed the deal when his challenger, D. A. Points was stuck in a bunker on the final hole, but Points then hit his ball out of the bunker to set up a five foot putt which he buried applying pressure on Horschel. However, the American Billy Horschel managed to putt home winning the Zurich Classic celebrating with various arm pumps and yelling with joy before falling to his knees in front of an ecstatic crowd. He commented on his celebration, “I know it was pretty intense. There was a lot going on. It’s celebration time now.”
It was a tough tournament this time round with various weather delays and considering Points won the Shell Houston Open last month by one stroke over Billy Horschel and Stenson, it was a hard call to make who would win but Horschel left the victor. Points praised his opponent, “When a player goes out and shoots 8 under and birdies the last hole to win, hats off to Billy. He’s played great all year. He was one shot shy of me at Houston and I’m a shot shy of him here. It’s just the way it goes.”
Billy Horschel then revealed after the victory that the delays didn’t distract him that much even though he had almost an hour to think about what was on the line, 500 Fed Ex points and £1.19 million. “For some reason it (the delays) puts me at ease a little bit. You don’t know how long your delay is going to be so you’ve just got to go with it and just wait it out. It wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t as hard as it could have been.”
Author Daniel Foster.
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