ATLANTA (Reuters) – Billy Horschel felt “surreal” after producing the best three weeks of his golfing career just when he need to, capping an astonishing playoff run with a three-shot victory at the Tour Championship on Sunday.
With his PGA Tour season hanging in the balance after a missed cut at last month’s Barclays tournament, he gave himself a timely wake-up call and proceeded to finish second, first and first to secure FedExCup honors and the $10 million jackpot.
ATLANTA (Reuters) – Jim Furyk has not tasted victory on the PGA Tour for four frustrating years but he had very little to complain about after recording his fourth runner-up spot of the season at the Tour Championship on Sunday.
The veteran American went into the final round at East Lake Golf Club two strokes off the pace and twice moved into a tie for the lead before finishing in a share of second place with world number one Rory McIlroy.
ATLANTA (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy’s bid to add several exclamation points to his brilliant PGA Tour season was derailed at the Tour Championship on Sunday as the world number one succumbed to mental fatigue after a hectic 10-week run.
Competing in his eighth tournament during that time, McIlroy had to settle for a share of second place after his title challenge was effectively scuppered by a double at the sixth, followed by three consecutive bogeys from the ninth.
ATLANTA, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Billy Horschel took the limelight from world number one Rory McIlroy to win the biggest title of his career at the Tour Championship on Sunday, along with FedExCup honours and an eye-popping $10 million bonus.
Tied for the lead overnight with Northern Irishman McIlroy in the PGA Tour’s season-ending playoff event, American Horschel held his nerve to triumph by three shots, clinching his third career victory on the U.S. circuit and second in two weeks.
ATLANTA (Reuters) – Making the United States Ryder Cup for the first time had long been a goal for Jimmy Walker, though it was a fairly remote one as he toiled away almost anonymously as a journeyman on the highly competitive PGA Tour.
But that changed in the proverbial blink of an eye after the American made a stunning start to the 2013-14 season, winning three times in eight events to rocket up the U.S. Cup standings.
ATLANTA (Reuters) – As Rory McIlroy hunts his fifth tournament win of the year at this week’s Tour Championship, his rivals could well feel a sense of foreboding that the world number one is tied for the lead despite not playing at his best.
Just as Tiger Woods in his heyday used to intimidate his peers by contending for titles even when not possessing his ‘A’ game, McIlroy has swept to the top of the leaderboard at East Lake Golf Club without playing at his best.
ATLANTA (Reuters) – Jim Furyk will go into Sunday’s final round at the Tour Championship where FedExCup honours and a $10 million bonus are also on the line with a sense of deja vu after clinching both titles in 2010.
Four years ago, American Furyk went into the fourth and final playoff event ranked 11th in the FedExCup standings while this year he was seeded seventh coming into East Lake.
ATLANTA, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy spectacularly eagled the par-five 15th to join Billy Horschel in a tie for the lead in the Tour Championship on Saturday and set up a thrilling conclusion to the 2013-14 PGA Tour season.
With the FedExCup playoff title and a bonus jackpot of $10 million on the line at East Lake Golf Club, world number one McIlroy sank a 26-foot putt to draw level at the top, then parred the last three holes to card a three-under-par 67.
ATLANTA (Reuters) – Dehydrated after two days of sapping heat and humidity at East Lake Golf Club, Gary Woodland fired the best score of the week at the Tour Championship on Saturday after making sure he drank a lot of fluid overnight.
The long-hitting American felt energized heading into the third round and, though conditions were once again sweltering in the PGA Tour’s season-ending event, he surged up the leaderboard with a sparkling seven-under-par 63.
ATLANTA, Sept 12 (Reuters) – FedExCup points leader Chris Kirk has, for the most part, been happy to fly under the radar during his four full seasons on the PGA Tour but says he has relished being in the spotlight the past three weeks.
The 29-year-old American clinched his second victory of the season earlier this month to vault to the top of the playoff standings and he maintained that position by tying for 36th at the BMW Championship outside Denver on Sunday.