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Horschel closes out W at BMW Championship, now 2nd in FedEx Cup Playoff Standings

Final Round – PGA Tour – FedEx Cup Playoffs – BMW Championship –Cherry Hills Country Club – Cherry Hills Village, Colorado –

Billy Horschel held off the game’s best players and won the BMW Championship by two shots in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

The Florida grad, who finished T-2 last week at the Deutsche Bank Championship, won for the second time in his PGA Tour career holding his 54-hole lead at Cherry Hills Country Club near Denver. Horschel finished 14-under (69 in the final round) and two strokes clear of two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson.

Horschel moved into second in the FedEx Cup Playoff standings heading into the TOUR Championship next week at East Lake. He trails only Chris Kirk (by just nine points). Watson is third ahead of  World No. 1 Rory McIlroy. Hunter Mahan rounds out the Top 5 any of which can win the TOUR Championship and earn enough points to hoist the FedEx Cup title as well.

Morgan Hoffmann ended up third at 11-under. He rallied for a final-round 63 to earn a spot in the TOUR Championship. He started the playoffs at No. 124 in the standings. His Sunday 63 backed up his Saturday 62.

Jim Furyk, Rickie Fowler, Ryan Palmer and Sergio Garcia finished T-4 at 9-under. Garcia was within two shots of the lead (thanks to a front-nine 29) before a disaster at the par-5 17th when he made triple-bogey 8.

At Ladbrokes.com, Horschel was a 66-to-1 betting selection heading into the week. At 45th in the Official World Golf Ranking heading into Denver, Horschel entered the week at 20th in the FedEx Cup Standings.

The Top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings advanced to Atlanta next week for the season-finale at the TOUR Championship. Gary Woodland earned the final playing spot at No. 29. Dustin Johnson, who withdrew from competition a few weeks ago, was 30th but will not be playing in Atlanta.

Other Golf News:

  • Watson, 9th in the Official World Golf Ranking, shot 70-66-66-66 for just his second Top 10 since his win at Augusta in the Masters.
  • McIlroy four-putted for the second time in two rounds at Cherry Hills. He finished with 66 Sunday and a T-8 effort alongside Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth.
  • Canada’s Adam Hadwin (18-under) captured the Web.com Tour Finals stop at the Chiquita Classic by two shots. The finals moves to Ohio next week for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.
  • Thanks to a final-round 64, Wes Short Jr. won the Quebec Championship by a shot over Scott Dunlap. Dunlap, who also shot 64 Sunday, won two weeks ago in Seattle. For Short, Jr., the victory was his first on the Champions Tour.
  • The LPGA Tour returns to action next week for the season’s final major at The Evian Championship in France.