Horschel victory at TOUR Championship, FedEx Cup title earns him another jump in world ranking

Wrap Up – PGA Tour – FedEx Cup Playoffs – TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola –East Lake Country Club – Atlanta, Georgia –

With just one Top 10 all season and missing the cut in the FedEx Cup Playoff opener at The Barclays, Billy Horschel was having a so-so year on the PGA Tour.

He turned and made history over the next three weeks finishing runner-up at the Deutsche Bank and then winning the BMW Championship and now the TOUR Championship.

The American, who failed to earn a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team or receive a captain’s pick, locked up both the TOUR Championship and FedEx Cup title Sunday at East Lake Golf Club near Atlanta.

Horschel finished 11-under overall – three shots clear of World No. 1 Rory McIlroy and Jim Furyk. He win in Atlanta earned him $11.4 million. He also bounced up the world ranking list from 59th before the Deutsche Bank to now No. 14 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

The Top 4 places remained the same led by McIlroy, Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson. Furyk moved to No. 5 with his T-2 finish at East Lake.

Rickie Fowler ended up 8th at East Lake and moved into the Top 10 at No. 10 in the world ranking.

Other Golf News:

  • Paul Casey’s victory at the European Tour’s KLM Dutch Open moved the Englishman from 88th to 62nd in the Official World Golf Ranking. He was a 25-to-1 betting pick at before the start of the tournament.
  • Justin Thomas beat Richard Sterne with a birdie on the first sudden-death playoff hole to win the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship in the Tour Finals.
  • Hyu-Joo Kim, 19 years old, edged Karrie Webb to win the LPGA Tour’s final major of the year at the Evian Championship. It marked her maiden LPGA Tour victory.
  • Horschel, a 22-1 betting selection heading into East Lake, entered the 2013 FedEx Cup playoffs at No. 6 in the Horschel wins back to back tournamentsstandings. He would finish 16th by the end of the playoffs.