Who is Billy Horschel?
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 | An Overview
Name: William John Horschel
Born: December 7, 1986
Nationality: United States
Residence: Jacksonville Beach, Florida
College: University of Florida
Turned Pro: 2009
Professional Wins: 9
Highest World Ranking: 11 – June 6, 2022
Best Results In Majors
Professional Wins – 8
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
Achievements and Awards
FedEx Cup Champion – 2014
Billy Horschel | What’s In His Bag?
Driver: Titleist TSR3 (9º, Fukijara Ventus Black 6X shaft)
Fairway Woods: Titleist TSi2 (15º, 18º; Project X HZURDUS Smoke Black shafts)
Irons: Titleist 620 CB (3, True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shaft), Titleist 620MB (5-PW, True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (52º-12F, 56º-10S, 60º-08V bent to 62º; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts)
Putter: Ping Sigma 2 Tyne 4
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Shoes: FootJoy Premiere Series
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 July 2023, Horschel has won seven 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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