Horschel holds off McIlroy, Furyk for PGA riches

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ATLANTA: American Billy Horschel won the US PGA’s season-ending Tour Championship and captured the playoff points crown on Sunday (Monday in Manila), firing a final-round 68 to defeat Jim Furyk and Rory McIlroy by three strokes.

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Horschel, who won last week’s BMW Championship at Denver after losing the week before only on an errant approach at the final hole, fired his 12th consecutive round in the 60s to finish 72 holes on 11-under par 269.

World number one McIlroy and seventh-ranked Furyk, who has not won since the 2010 Tour Championship, shared second on 272 with England’s Justin Rose, American Chris Kirk and Australian Jason Day another stroke adrift.

Expecting the birth of a baby daughter in two weeks, Horschel took the FedEx Cup playoff bonus of $10 million (7.7 million euros) and the $1.4 million (1.08 million euros) top prize for winning the tournament.

Horschel, 27, who entered the four-week playoff run only 60th in points, won more money in one day than he had since turning professional five years ago.

“It’s unbelievable,” Horschel said. “I was sort of looking toward the start of the 2014 to 2015 season. At the same time I knew my game was in good shape and I needed to get out of my own way. I was able to show my game was in good shape these past two weeks.”

AFP

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