2014 BMW Championship (The 3rd of 4 events in the FedExCup Playoffs), Cherry Hills Village, Colorado, Sept. 1-7, 2014; FedExCup Points: 2,500; Purse: $8,000,000, Cherry Hills Country Club, Par/Yards: 34-36—70/7,352 – FINAL-Round Notes – Sunday, September 7, 2014
Weather: Partly cloudy and warmer with a high of 81 degrees. Winds E/NE 4-8 mph.
Billy Horschel 68-66-63-69—266 (-14) (pictured by Getty Images)
Bubba Watson 70-66-66-66—268 (-12)
Morgan Hoffmann 72-72-62-63—269 (-11)
FedExCup and the BMW Championship
The top 125 players on the final PGA TOUR Season FedExCup points list (following the Wyndham Championship) qualified for The Barclays.
The top 100 players on the FedExCup points list following The Barclays qualified for the Deutsche Bank Championship.
The top 70 players on the FedExCup points list after the Deutsche Bank Championship advanced to the BMW Championship, contested this week at Cherry Hills CC.
Each playoff event offers 2,500 FedExCup points to the winner.
The top 30 players following the BMW Championship qualified for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Prior to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, a points reset will take place, giving all players in the field a mathematical opportunity to win the FedExCup title. The top five players control their own destiny and would claim the FedExCup with a victory at East Lake.
The top five
Getting into the top five in the FedExCup Playoff standings is the goal for players after the BMW Championship is played and the 70-man field has been trimmed to 30. The top five in the standings entering the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola will control their own destiny and will win the FedExCup with a victory at East Lake GC. Here’s a look at the top five following the BMW Championship:
Current top five:
FEC Rank Player BMW
1. Chris Kirk T36
2. Billy Horschel Won
3. Bubba Watson 2nd
4. Rory McIlroy T8
5. Hunter Mahan T59
Moved into the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola following the BMW Championship:
FEC Rank Player BMW Previous FEC Rank
No. 21 Morgan Hoffmann 3 No. 68
No. 23 Ryan Palmer T4 No. 37
Dropped out of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola at the BMW Championship:
FEC Rank Player Position Previous FEC Rank
No. 31 Stuart Appleby T46 No. 26
No. 33 Keegan Bradley WD No. 28
In the last six years (2009-2014) with the current FedExCup points system, a total of 15 players have played their way into the top 30 at the BMW Championship.
One day after a third-round, bogey-free 7-under 63, Billy Horschel carded a final-round 1-under 69 for a two-stroke victory over Bubba Watson.
Horschel records his second PGA TOUR victory (2013 Zurich Classic of New Orleans) in his 101st TOUR start.
With the victory, Horschel moves from No. 20 to No. 2 in the FedExCup. A week ago, he moved from No. 82 to No. 20 in the standings following a T2 finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship, marking his first top 10 since a T6 at the 2014 FedEx St. Jude Classic
Horschel’s finishes in the FedExCup: 2013 (16th), 2012 (143rd), 2011 (170th).
Horschel wins his first FedExCup Playoffs event in seven total starts. He owns additional top-10 finishes in the Playoffs at the 2014 Deutsche Bank Championship (T2) and the 2013 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola (T7).
Horschel wins at the age of 27 years and 9 months, making him the 16th player in his 20s to win this season (21 wins).
Sixteen different players under the age of 30 have wins on the PGA TOUR this season, accounting for a total of 21 victories. Last week’s Deutsche Bank Championship winner Horschel (2014 BMW Championship) and Chris Kirk (2014 Deutsche Bank Championship) are the first players under the age of 30 to win a FedExCup Playoffs event since Rory McIlroy at the 2012 BMW Championship.
Horschel is now one for two when holding the lead heading into the final round on the PGA TOUR. His only previous third-round lead came at the 2013 Valero Texas Open, where he finished T3.
Horschel wins in his second start at the BMW Championship (T18-2013).
In the 2013-2014 PGA TOUR Season, Horschel has collected top-10 finishes at the BMW Championship (Won), Hyundai Tournament of Champions (T6), FedEx St. Jude Classic (T6) and Deutsche Bank Championship (T2).
A year ago, Horschel claimed his lone TOUR win at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, recorded eight top-10 finishes and advanced to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola (T7). He finished the season 16th in the FedExCup.
Horschel becomes the second former alum from the University of Florida to win on TOUR in the last four weeks. Camilo Villegas won the Wyndham Championship four weeks ago in Greensboro. Matt Every (Arnold Palmer Invitational) is the other Florida Gator to win on TOUR this season.
Horschel has shown to be a momentum player. He finished T2 last week at the Deutsche Bank Championship. 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 (-2), Par-4s (-9), Par-5s (-3)
Horschel made 146 feet worth of putts in the second round this week, followed by 139 feet of putts in the third round. Tiger Woods (2014 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship) is the only other player in the last three years to make at least 139 feet worth of putts in back-to-back rounds (146 and 147 feet in rounds two and three, respectively).
Horschel’s wife, Brittany, is due to have their first child on September 27.
2013-14 PGA TOUR Season starts-made cuts-top-10s-wins: 26-19-4-1
Billy Horschel – BMW Championship Statistics
Driving Accuracy 36/56 (64.3%) T14
Greens in Regulation 55/72 (76.4%) T2
Total Putts 113 T11
Driving Distance 315.9 yards 9
Strokes Gained: Putting +2.976/per round 1
Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green +.349/per round 28
About Billy Horschel
Birthdate: December 7, 1986
Birthplace/Resides: Grant, Florida/Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Family: Wife, Brittany
Turned Pro: 2009
Joined TOUR: 2011
Third-Round Leader Statistics
Since 2000, the third-round leader/co-leader has now won seven of 15 times at the BMW Championship, most recently Billy Horschel in 2014 and Justin Rose in 2011.
The third-round leader/co-leader has now won 21 of 43 72-hole stroke-play events this season, most recently Billy Horschel at the BMW Championship.
Seven players entered The Barclays ranked No. 101 – 125 in the FedExCup standings and played their way into the Deutsche Bank Championship. Morgan Hoffmann, who began the Playoffs No. 124 in the standings, was the only player among that group to advance to the BMW Championship. He finished third this week to move to No. 21 in the FedExCup, once again staving off eliminated in the Playoffs.
In the history of the FedExCup Playoffs only three players have advanced to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola after starting the Playoffs outside of the cut line to make the second Playoffs event, with Hoffmann the latest to perform the feat. In 2009, Slocum began the Playoffs at No. 124 before winning The Barclays and advancing to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. In 2010, Kevin Streelman began the Playoffs at No. 102 in the FedExCup standings and advanced to Atlanta.
Hoffmann finished T9 at The Barclays, jumping from No. 124 to No. 72 in the FedExCup standings.
Hoffmann finished T35 at the Deutsche Bank Championship, jumping from No. 72 to No. 68 in the standings.
Hoffmann closed with rounds of 62-63, marking the low 36-hole score of the season. The previous low 36-hole score was 126, set by Patrick Reed during the first and second rounds and also the second and third rounds at the Humana Challenge.
Hoffmann’s previous-best PGA TOUR finish was T5 at the 2013 AT&T Byron Nelson Championship.
Six-time PGA TOUR winner Bubba Watson closed with three-consecutive 4-under 66s to record the 10th runner-up finish of his career.
Watson moves from No. 6 to No. 3 in the FedExCup standings.
Seeking his first PGA TOUR victory since the 2010 Sony Open in Hawaii, Ryan Palmer finished T4 (five strokes behind Billy Horschel).
With the T4 finish, Palmer moves from No. 37 to No. 23 in the FedExCup, advancing to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola for just the second time during the FedExCup era (2010).
Last year, Palmer finished No. 71 in the FedExCup, just missing out on making it to the 70-player BMW Championship field. Here’s a look at his FedExCup finishes: 2013 (71), 2012 (55), 2011 (53), 2010 (23), 2009 (134), 2008 (94), 2007 (134).
Palmer records just his second top-10 finish in 17 FedExCup Playoffs starts: finishing T6 at The Barclays in 2010.
Palmer made his seventh start at the BMW Championship this week, with a T43 finish in 2010 his previous-best effort (T4-2014, T45-2012, T49-2011, T43-2010, MC-2006, T67-2005, T81-2004).
In the 2013-2014 PGA TOUR Season, Palmer has collected a career-best seven top-10 finishes, led runner-up finishes at the Humana Challenge and Honda Classic.
Sergio Garcia was in the midst of a big move Sunday, sitting 6-under thru 16 holes and 12-under for the tournament (just two behind Billy Horschel) before a disastrous triple bogey on the par-5 17th hole dropped him down the leaderboard to a T4 finish.
Garcia holed out twice for eagle this week on the par-4 seventh hole, draining a 35-yard shot during the final round and a 126-yard lob wedge during the second round.
Garcia made his 275th career start on the PGA TOUR this week, with the most recent of his eight TOUR wins coming at the 2012 Wyndham Championship.
Garcia entered the week No. 23 in the FedExCup, but moved to No. 13 with his finish. Here’s a look at his FedExCup results: 2013 (No. 22), 2012 (No. 17), 2011 (No. 44), 2010 (No. 109), 2009 (No. 38), 2008 (3), 2007 (9).
Garcia earns his ninth top-10 finish of the season, equaling his career-best total on the PGA TOUR (2002). He recorded runner-up finishes in three-consecutive starts earlier this summer (Travelers Championship, The Open Championship, World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational), as well as third-place finishes at THE PLAYERS Championships and Shell Houston Open.
This week marked Garcia’s seventh start at the BMW Championship, with top-10 finishes in 2014 (T4), 2007 (9th in his inaugural start at the event) and 2009 (T6).
Hunter Mahan is the only player to have never missed a start in the FedExCup Playoffs (next week will be his 32nd overall). Following a T59 finish at the BMW Championship, he will enter the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola ranked No. 5 in the FedExCup.
Mahan is the only player to advance to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola the first eight years of the FedExCup. Steve Stricker and Phil Mickelson had advanced to Atlanta the first seven seasons of the FedExCup, but were eliminated earlier in the Playoffs.
Additional Player Notes
Rory McIlroy, currently 4 in the FedExCup standings, finished T8 in his attempt for his fourth PGA TOUR win of 2013-14 and second career BMW Championship title (2012). McIlroy has nine career wins, including three straight starts in July-August (The Open Championship, World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, PGA Championship). McIlroy was let down by his putter this week, four-putting the par-3 12th hole in the third and fourth rounds.
Defending FedExCup champion Henrik Stenson finished T23 this week and No. 52 in the FedExCup. Brandt Snedeker remains the only FedExCup champion to make it back to East Lake the season following their victory (2012-13).
Chesson Hadley was the lone rookie in the FedExCup Playoffs, but was eliminated from the Playoffs following a T12 finish this week (No. 49 in the FedExCup standings). Prior to his T9 last week at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Hadley had missed 10 of 11 cuts. Only six rookies have advanced all the way to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in the FedExCup era, with all six going on to win PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year:
2013 – Jordan Spieth/7th
2012 – John Huh/29th
2011 – Keegan Bradley/20th
2009 – Marc Leishman/20th
2008 – Andres Romero/28th
2007 – Brandt Snedeker/20th
Additional FedExCup Notes
Jim Furyk finished T4 this week to break out of a tie with Steve Stricker for the most top-10-finishes in the FedExCup Playoffs.
Past FedExCup Champions Remaining in 2014 FedExCup Playoffs
Player Year Won Pre-BMW Rank Post-BMW
Jim Furyk 2010 No. 8 No. 7
Bill Haas 2011 No. 17 No. 16
Henrik Stenson 2013 No. 55 No. 52/eliminated
Four of the six winners on the fall segment of the 2013-14 PGA TOUR Season are currently inside the top 30: Chris Kirk (1st); Jimmy Walker (6th); Webb Simpson (22nd); and Dustin Johnson (30th). Finishing outside the top 30 were Harris English (32nd) and Ryan Moore (39th).
R2: Rickie Fowler (66)
R3: Billy Horschel (63), Bubba Watson (66)
R4: Russell Knox (62), Camilo Villegas (67), John Senden (68)
Scoring Averages at the par-70 Cherry Hills CC:
Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative
Round 1 34.507 36.609 71.116 –
Round 2 33.971 36.088 70.059 70.591
Round 3 33.848 35.576 69.424 70.212
Round 4 33.045 35.652 68.697 9.840
Attempting to drive the green on the par-4 first hole:
R1 (353 yards): 2/54 players were successful (Charley Hoffman/birdie, Ryan Palmer/eagle)
R2 (341 yards): 2/30 players were successful (Graham DeLaet/birdie, Rory McIlroy/par)
R3 (328 yards): 2/34 players were successful (Bubba Watson/birdie, Patrick Reed/birdie)
R4 (349 yards): 4/59 players were successful (Angel Cabrera/birdie, Stuart Appleby/birdie, Charl Schwartzel/birdie, Steven Bowditch/birdie)
Scoring average on the par-4 first hole this week: Going for it (3.61) vs. Laying Up (4.03).
Source: PGA TOUR