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2014 FedExCup Finale Report

The 29-player TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola marked the culmination of the 2013-14 PGA TOUR Season and the final event of the FedExCup Playoffs. The road to the TOUR Championship began with the top 125 players qualifying for The Barclays (won by Hunter Mahan), followed by the top 100 players at the Deutsche Bank Championship (won by Chris Kirk) and the top 70 players at the BMW Championship (won by Billy Horschel). A points reset took place following the BMW Championship giving all 29 players in the field at the TOUR Championship a mathematical chance to win the FedExCup, with Billy Horschel winning the 2014 FedExCup.

The top 5 on the FedExCup points list entering the week would have won the FedExCup with a win this week. Here’s a look at how they finished this week and their final FedExCup ranking: Chris Kirk (T4, 2nd), Billy Horschel (1st, 1st), Bubba Watson (14th, 5th), Rory McIlroy (T2, 3rd) and Hunter Mahan (T23, 6th).

This year marked the first time in the history of the FedExCup format that the final pairing during the final round consisted of two players (Billy Horschel, Rory McIlroy) who are both inside the top 5 in the standings.

Final 2014 FedExCup points standings (top 10):

Rank Player Points Ranking entering week

1.Billy Horschel 4,750 2nd
2.Chris Kirk 3,100 1st
3.Rory McIlroy 3,050 4th
4.Jim Furyk 2,450 7th
5.Bubba Watson 2,285 3rd
6.Hunter Mahan 1,835 5th
7.Jimmy Walker 1,668 6th
8.Matt Kuchar 1,300 8th
9.Rickie Fowler 1,225 9th
10.Jason Day 1,200 10th

Billy Horschel wins the 2014 FedExCup and the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola
In his second career start at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola (T7 in 2013), Billy Horschel entered the final round with a share of the lead with Rory McIlroy before a 2-under 68 led to a three-stroke win over Jim Furyk and McIlroy. He joins past FedExCup winners Henrik Stenson (2013), Brandt Snedeker (2012), Bill Haas (2011), Jim Furyk (2010), Tiger Woods (2007, 2009) and Vijay Singh (2008).

In addition to the $1,440,000 first-place check, Horschel earns $10 million for winning the FedExCup and a five-year exemption on the PGA TOUR.

Making his 102nd start on the PGA TOUR, Horschel records his third victory (2013 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, 2014 BMW Championship, 2014 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola) at the age of 27 years, 9 months, 7 days. He becomes the youngest FedExCup champion in history (previous youngest was Bill Haas in 2011 at the age of 29 years, 4 months and 1 day) and the fifth-youngest TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola winner in the 28-year history of the event (the youngest is Tiger Woods in 1999 at 23 years, 10 months and 1 day).

Horschel notches his second win of the season (BMW Championship, TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola), becoming the seventh multiple winner of the season (trailing only three-time winners Rory McIlroy and Jimmy Walker).

Horschel becomes the first player to win back-to-back PGA TOUR events since Rory McIlroy won the 2014 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship.

Winners of consecutive FedExCup Playoffs events:

Billy Horschel (2014 – BMW Championship, TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola)
Rory McIlroy (2012 – Deutsche Bank Championship, BMW Championship)
Camilo Villegas (2008 – BMW Championship, TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola)
Vijay Singh (2008 – The Barclays, Deutsche Bank Championship)
Tiger Woods (2007 – BMW Championship, TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola)

Horschel carded a final-round 2-under 68, his 12th-consecutive round in the 60s in the FedExCup Playoffs (the longest streak by any player in the eight-year history of the Playoffs). Rory McIlroy (2012) and Tiger Woods (2007) owned streaks of 11 such rounds in the 60s.

Horschel’s streak of 12 rounds in the 60s is also the longest of the season. Jim Furyk carded 11 consecutive rounds in the 60s earlier in the season.

Most wins in the FedExCup Playoffs: 3 – Tiger Woods; 2 – Billy Horschel, Henrik Stenson, Steve Stricker, Vijay Singh, Dustin Johnson, Camilo Villegas, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson.

Horschel edged Bubba Watson by two strokes to win last week’s BMW Championship, joining Tiger Woods (2007 and 2009) as the only players to win the BMW Championship and the FedExCup in the same season.

Horschel’s win marks his fourth top-10 finish in eight FedExCup Playoffs starts: 2014 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola (Won), 2014 BMW Championship (Won), 2014 Deutsche Bank Championship (T2), 2013 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola (T7).

Horschel’s finishes in the FedExCup: 2014 (1st), 2013 (16th), 2012 (143rd), 2011 (170th).

Horschel’s FedExCup Playoffs at a glance

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2011 170
2012 143
2013 16 6 CUT (17) T70 (22) T18 (22) T7 (16)
2014 1 69 CUT (82) T2 (20) 1 (2) 1 (1)

Horschel’s win is the 22nd by a player in his 20s this season, compared to 21 wins by players in their 30s and two in their 40s.

Horschel is now two for three when holding or sharing the 54-hole lead on the PGA TOUR. Last week, he held a three-stroke lead heading into the final round and went on to win by two strokes.

Event Finish

2014 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola 1st
2014 BMW Championship 1st
2013 Valero Texas Open T3

Horschel has collected top-10 finishes this season at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola (Won), BMW Championship (Won), Deutsche Bank Championship (T2), Hyundai Tournament of Champions (T6) and FedEx St. Jude Classic (T6).

Horschel’s 2014 starts-made cuts-top-10s-wins: 27-20-5-2

During the FedExCup era (dating to 2007), Horschel is the fourth winner of the TOUR Championship to record all four rounds in the 60s, joining Tiger Woods (2007), Bill Haas (2011) and Henrik Stenson (2013).

Horschel (BMW Championship, TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola) is the second former alum from the University of Florida to win on TOUR in the last five weeks, joining Wyndham Championship winner Camilo Villegas. Matt Every (Arnold Palmer Invitational) is the other Florida Gator to win on TOUR this season.

Horschel has shown to be a momentum player. Following a T2 at the Deutsche Bank Championship with wins in the final two FedExCup Playoffs events. Below are his previous four starts prior to winning his first TOUR event at the 2013 Zurich Classic of New Orleans:

T2 Shell Houston Open
T3 Valero Texas Open
T9 RBC Heritage
Won Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Horschel’s scoring breakdown for the week: Par-3s (3-under), Par-4s (4-under), Par-5s (4-under)

R1 at a glance: 6 of 14 fairways, 16 of 18 greens, 30 putts.
R2 at a glance: 8 of 14 fairways, 10 of 18 greens, 3 of 3 sand saves, 24 putts.
R3 at a glance: 5 of 14 fairways, 15 of 18 greens, 0 of 1 sand saves, 33 putts.
R4 at a glance: 10 of 14 fairways, 16 of 18 greens, 1 of 1 sand saves, 32 putts.

Billy Horschel – TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola Statistics

Driving Accuracy 29/56 (51.8%)T21
Greens in Regulation 57/72 (79.2%) 1
Total Putts 119 T25
Driving Distance 296.2 yards 12
Strokes Gained: Putting +.815/per round 6
Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green +2.194/per round 2
Strokes Gained: Total +3.009/per round 1

Horschel’s wife, Brittany, is due to have their first child on September 27.

About Billy Horschel

Birthdate: December 7, 1986
Birthplace/Resides: Grant, Florida/Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Family: Wife, Brittany
Height/Weight: 6-0/175
Turned Pro: 2009
Joined TOUR: 2011

Third-round leader statistics

The 54-hole leader/co-leader won 22 of 44 events on TOUR this season.

The third-round leader/co-leader has now won 14 of 28 times at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, including the last three years (Brandt Snedeker/2012, Henrik Stenson/2013, Billy Horschel/2014) and five out of eight total during the FedExCup era.

54-hole leaders who have gone on to win in the FedExCup Playoffs:

Billy Horschel, 2014 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola
Billy Horschel, 2014 BMW Championship
Henrik Stenson, 2013 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola
Brandt Snedeker, 2012 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola
Justin Rose, 2011 BMW Championship
Jim Furyk, 2010 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola
Tiger Woods, 2009 BMW Championship
Steve Stricker, 2009 Deutsche Bank Championship
Camilo Villegas, 2008 BMW Championship
Tiger Woods, 2007 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola
Steve Stricker, 2007 The Barclays

Jim Furyk

2010 FedExCup champion Jim Furyk carded a final-round 1-under 69, which included bogeys on the final two holes, to finish T2 in his bid to join Tiger Woods (2007, 2009) as the only multiple winners of the FedExCup.

Furyk, at No. 4 in the standings, finishes the season as the highest-ranked player in the FedExCup without a victory. He finished in the top 10 in 11 of 21 starts this season, including four runner-up finishes (Wells Fargo Championship, THE PLAYERS Championship, RBC Canadian Open, TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola).

The runner-up finish is the 29th of Furyk’s career, to go with 16 victories.

Furyk’s last victory came at the 2010 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, when he also claimed the FedExCup. He was one of three past tournament champions (Adam Scott, Bill Haas) and two past FedExCup champions in the field (Haas).

In seven starts at the TOUR Championship during the FedExCup era, Furyk owns five top 10s and has never finished lower than T14. In 16 starts at the event, he has won once (2010) and finished second three times (1997, 2006, 2014).

Furyk’s FedExCup Playoffs at a glance

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2007 11 3 T25 (7) T55 (7) T14 (8) T11 (11)
2008 5 15 T12 (10) T7 (5) T3 (4) T6 (5)
2009 4 16 T15 (18) T8 (18) T2 (3) T7 (4)
2010 1 3 DQ (8) T37 (11) T15 (11) 1 (1)
2011 36 60 T52 (60) 6 (35) T22 (36)
2012 15 17 CUT (25) T13 (17) 9 (18) 7 (15)
2013 14 23 T6 (14) T27 (15) 3 (11) T14 (14)
2014 4 5 8 (6) T23 (8) T4 (7) T2 (4)

A win this week would have made Furyk the oldest winner in the 28-year history of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola (44 years, 4 months, 2 days old; current record is Mark McCumber in 1994 at 43 years, 1 month, 23 days old) and the second-oldest player to win the FedExCup (Vijay Singh, 45 years, 7 months and 16 days old, 2008).

Furyk owns the most top-10 finishes in the FedExCup Playoffs.

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy entered the final round of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola with a share of the lead with Billy Horschel, but carded a 1-over 71 (which included birdies on three of his last four holes) to finish T2. It is the fifth runner-up finish of his career, and second this season (Honda Classic).

McIlroy is now five of eight when holding the lead/co-lead through 54 holes on the PGA TOUR, with this week marking the first time he had shared the lead going into the final round.

McIlroy was seeking his fourth win of the season (The Open Championship, World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, PGA Championship) which would have equaled his four-win haul during the 2012 season. He ends the year tied with Jimmy Walker for most wins on TOUR this season.

McIlroy finished inside the top 25 in all 17 starts this season (11 top 10s).

Here’s a look at McIlroy’s year-by-year FedExCup final finishes: 2010 (36), 2012 (2), 2013 (50), 2014 (3).

McIlroy’s FedExCup Playoffs history at a glance

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2010 36 21 T56 (28) T37 (29) T37 (36)
2012 2 3 T24 (4) 1 (1) 1(1) T10 (2)
2013 50 49 T19 (3) T47 (41) T59 (50)
2014 3 1 T22 (2) T5 (2) T8 (4) T2 (3)

Jason Day

Jason Day finished T4 at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, marking his best finish in four starts at the event (T6 in 2011).

Making his 151st PGA TOUR start, Day was seeing his third PGA TOUR victory (2010 AT&T Byron Nelson Championship, 2014 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship).

Day would have become the second Australian to win the TOUR Championship (Adam Scott, 2006) and seventh international player.

Last week, Day withdrew during the second round of the BMW Championship with a back injury. This week, his caddie Colin Swatton walked in after six holes on Thursday due to his own back issues. Day’s mental coach Jason Goldsmith took over for Day’s 67 (-3) in round one and was on his bag the remainder of the tournament.

Day’s FedExCup Playoffs history at a glance

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2008 83 127 T31 (96) T50 (83)
2009 48 67 T12 (46) T19 (37) T59 (48)
2010 8 28 T5 (14) T2 (4) T54 (6) T17 (8)
2011 12 14 T13 (15) T3 (6) T49 (10)T6 (12)
2012 87 113 T24 (88) T51 (87)
2013 17 14 T25 (16) T13 (12) T4 (14)T14 (17)
2014 10 34 T2 (7) 7 (7) WD (10)T4 (10)

Chris Kirk

Chris Kirk finished T4 at the TOUR Championship and second in the FedExCup as he sought to join Henrik Stenson (2013) and Vijay Singh (2008) as the only players to win the Deutsche Bank Championship and FedExCup in the same season.

Kirk entered the week No. 1 in the FedExCup standings and put up a good fight to retain that spot, finishing T4 in his first TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola start. Here’s a list of players who have won the TOUR Championship in their first start: Chad Campbell (2003), Bart Bryant (2005), Bill Haas (2011) and Henrik Stenson (2013).

Kirk’s FedExCup Playoffs history at a glance

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2011 42 33 Cut (41) T31 (43) T31(42)
2012 49 80 T46 (81) T35 (66) T12 (49)
2013 34 31 Cut (47) T17 (37) T24 (34)
2014 2 10 T53 (17) 1 (1) T36 (1) T4 (2)

Miscellaneous Notes

Justin Rose notched his third-consecutive top-6 finish at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola (2nd-2012, 6th-2013, T4-2014). He finished the season No. 11 in the FedExCup, his fifth-consecutive top-15 finish in the standings.

Hunter Mahan finished T23 at the TOUR Championship and sixth in the FedExCup as he sought to join Vijay Singh (2008) as the only players to win The Barclays and FedExCup in the same season. Mahan is the only player to participate in all 32 events during the FedExCup Playoffs (2007-2014).

This year marked the youngest field at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in FedExCup history, with an average age of 31; 15 players in the field were in their 20s.

Earlier this week, Brendon Todd and Danny Shoy (president of the East Lake Foundation) toured the new Charles R. Drew Charter School Junior and Senior Academy. During the visit, Todd pledged to donate $500 to the East Lake Foundation for each birdie he makes at this week’s TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Todd posted 14 birdies on the week for a $7,000 donation

Nine players made their first-ever trip to the FedExCup finale this week: Chris Kirk (T4), Russell Henley (12), Cameron Tringale (15), Jimmy Walker (T17), Brendon Todd (T17), Hideki Matsuyama (22), Patrick Reed (T19), Martin Kaymer (T23), Morgan Hoffmann (T27).

Moved into the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola following the BMW Championship:

FEC Rank Player TOUR Champ FedExCup

No. 21 Morgan Hoffmann T27 No. 26
No. 23 Ryan Palmer 7 No. 14

Past FedExCup Champions who advanced to the 2014 FedExCup Playoffs finale:

Player Year Won TOUR Champ FedExCup

Jim Furyk 2010 T2 No. 4
Bill Haas 2011 16 T16

International wins in the FedExCup Playoffs events by year:

2007 0
2008 4 (Vijay Singh-2, Camilo Villegas-2)
2009 0
2010 0
2011 1 (Justin Rose)
2012 2 (Rory McIlroy-2)
2013 3 (Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson-2)
2014 1 (Rory McIlroy)

There were eight wins on the PGA TOUR this season by a player hailing from the University of Georgia; Chris Kirk (2), Bubba Watson (2), Russell Henley, Harris English, Brendon Todd and Brian Harman. In addition, Georgia Tech has produced two winners (Matt Kuchar and Chesson Hadley), while Augusta State produced two-time winner Patrick Reed (Reed also attended the University of Georgia prior to transferring to Augusta State). Not to be outdone, the Bulldog’s main rival – the Florida Gators – came on strong down the stretch with three wins in the last five events, including Camilo Villegas’ win at the Wyndham Championship and Horschel’s victories at the BMW Championship and TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.

Scoring Averages for the par-70 East Lake Golf Club:

Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative
Thursday 35.000 34.828 69.828 —
Friday 35.172 35.241 70.414 70.121
Saturday 35.138 35.138 70.276 70.172
Sunday 35.621 34.897 70.517 70.259

Bogey-free rounds:

R1 – Chris Kirk (66), Billy Horschel (66)
R2 – Kevin Na (66)
R3 – Gary Woodland (63)
R4 – Sergio Garcia (66)

Weather: Mostly cloudy. High of 80. Winds ENE 7-12 mph.

Final-Round Leaderboard

Billy Horschel 66-66-69-68—269 (-11)
Jim Furyk 67-69-67-69—272 (-8)
Rory McIlroy 69-65-67-71—272 (-8)
Chris Kirk 66-68-71-68—273 (-7)
Justin Rose 72-66-66-69—273 (-7)
Jason Day 67-67-70-69—273 (-7)

Source: PGA TOUR

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