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Who is Billy Horschel?

He’s a serial winner over his career, but who is Billy Horschel? Find out more about the American with our player profile here…


Billy Horschel is one of the nicest men on the golfing tour, and the American has wins on both the PGA Tour and DP World Tour in his long career.

He turned professional in 2009 after graduating from the University of California with a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management. After appearing at the US Open as an amateur in 2006, Horschel had to wait seven years before making it into another major. It was the US Open again, and he finished T4, which is his best finish in a major to date.

A couple of months prior to that top five finish, Horschel had won for the first time on the PGA Tour. He was victorious at the Zurich Classic, beating D.A. Points by a single shot. Horschel has gone on to win the event a second time, with the 2018 win coming after the change of format. He teamed up with Scott Piercy to become the second pairing to win the event.

In 2014, Horschel won the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship in back-to-back weeks to lift the FedEx Cup. All eight rounds over that two week spell were in the 60s, and he won the season-ending Tour Championship by three shots. Horschel also has a World Golf Championship title to his name, having won the Dell Match Play in 2021. Later that year, he was victorious in the DP World Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Billy Horschel | Player Profile

Personal Information

Name: William John Horschel
Born: December 7, 1986
Nationality: United States
Residence: Jacksonville Beach, Florida


College: University of Florida
Turned Pro: 2009
Professional Wins: 10
Highest World Ranking: 11 – June 6, 2022

Best Results In Majors

Best Finishes:
Masters Tournament – T17 (2016)
PGA Championship – T8 (2024)
– US Open – T4 (2013)
Open Championship – T21 (2022)

Professional Wins – 10

2009 (1) – Columbia Championship
2013 (1) – Zurich Classic
2014 (2) – BMW Championship, Tour Championship
2017 (1) – AT&T Byron Nelson
2018 (1) – Zurich Classic
2021 (2) – WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, BMW PGA Championship
2022 (1) – Memorial Tournament
2024 (1) – Corales Puntacana Championship

Achievements and Awards

FedEx Cup Champion – 2014

Billy Horschel | What’s In His Bag?

Horschel plays Titleist throughout the bag, apart from a Ping Sigma 2 Tyne 4 putter. He also uses a Titleist Pro V1 ball, and wears FootJoy apparel and shoes.

You can see the full what’s in the bag for Billy Horschel here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Billy Horschel

When and where was Billy Horschel born?

Billy Horschel was born on December 7, 1986 in Grant, Florida. His big childhood love was baseball, but due to an injury at the age of 14, he moved down the golfing path.

When did Billy Horschel turn professional?

Horschel turned professional late in 2009 having graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management earlier that year. He then successfully gained his PGA Tour card through Qualifying School at the end of the calendar year.

How many PGA Tour titles has Billy Horschel won?

As of the end of 2023, Horschel has won eight times on the PGA Tour. His maiden win came at the Zurich Classic in 2013, and his best spell came a year later. The American won both the BMW Championship and Tour Championship in back-to-back weeks, lifting the FedEx Cup after winning the latter. Horschel also has a solitary DP World Tour title, having won the Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship in 2021.

Who is Billy Horschel married to?

Horschel is married to Brittany Nelson. The pair first met whilst playing junior golf and got married in 2010. Nelson had persistent wrist injuries, which saw her stop playing the game. The pair have three children: Skylar Lillian, Colbie Rae and Axel Brooks.

Did you Know?

Back-To-Back FedEx Cup Playoffs Winner

Horschel is in a select group to have won back-to-back FedEx Cup Playoffs events. He did so in 2014, winning the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship as he claimed the FedEx Cup. Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Camilo Villegas, Rory McIlroy, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Cantlay are the only other men to do so.

FedEx Cup and Fatherhood

Thanks to those back to back wins at the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship, Horschel claimed the FedEx Cup in 2014. Two days after his victory, he became a father for the first time.

West Ham United Fan

Perhaps surprisingly as an American, Horschel is a huge fan of Premier League side West Ham United. He is good friends with the club’s Sporting Director, Mark Noble. The pair have played in pro-ams at both the BMW PGA Championship and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

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Horschel (left) with former West Ham United captain Mark Noble (right)

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Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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