CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. — Billy Horschel has taken the fast track from golf’s doldrums to its pinnacle.
Two weeks ago, Horschel was nearly three months removed from his last top-10 finish, missing a cut at The Barclays and in jeopardy of losing his position in the FedExCup Playoffs. Fast forward to Sunday and Horschel climbed to No. 2 in the FedExCup standings with his two-shot victory at the BMW Championship.
Horschel finished at 14-under 266 at Cherry Hills to lock himself into a great position for next week’s Tour Championship.
Bubba Watson finished two shots back at 12 under while Morgan Hoffmann, who shot 62-63 in the final two rounds, came in third at 11 under. Four players — Jim Furyk, Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia and Ryan Palmer — closed at 9 under to share fourth.
Since his victory at the 2013 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Horschel had nearly four-times as many missed cuts (11) as top-10 finishes in full-field events (3).
But Horschel clearly found something last week as he finished tied for second at the Deutsche Bank Championship and carried that form west to Cherry Hills to earn his second Tour title.
The top-5 for East Lake is now set. Chris Kirk leads the crowd and is followed by Horschel, Watson, Rory McIlroy and Hunter Mahan. Any of those five competitors would claim the FedExCup and its $10 million prize with a victory next week.
Down the standings, Hoffmann was the story of Sunday’s round. The second-year Tour member, who started the Playoffs at No. 124 in the FedExCup, was 15 under on the weekend at Cherry Hills to charge into the FedExCup top 30 and earn a late berth in the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola.
He made history in the meantime, becoming the first player to move inside the cut line at all three Playoffs events leading up to the Tour Championship.
Hoffmann climbed to 72nd in the FedExCup following The Barclays, 68th after the Deutsche Bank Championship and 21st following the BMW Championship.