To say that Billy Horschel is in the midst of a breakout year would be a massive understatement. The 26 year old has played in 17 events in 2013 and the only cut he missed was at the PLAYERS Championship. Coincidentally, that was on the heels of his first career victory, which came at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans – so I’m willing to give him a pass for that lackluster performance. He has seven to 10 finishes, including a third, a second and a victory.
Horchel’s game has been solid in just about every aspect this year. He ranks seventh in total driving, 25th in greens in regulation, 24th in strokes gained – putting and 13th in scoring. If you want the blueprint for PGA Tour success, you need not look any further. His seven top 10 finishes are good enough to have him tied for the lead in the category, as well.
In his two trips to the Old White TPC, Horschel has made the cut both times. In 2011 he finished T66 and followed that with a T33 last year. This is yet another short course, as the par 70 measures 7,274 yards. This track has been mentioned as being similar to Merion Golf Club, only lacking the difficulty. Scoring is generally abundant when the pros tee it up here. Horschel’s combination of distance and accuracy make him a favorite this week in my book. He has proven that he has the ability to go low and isn’t afraid to take chances. That mindset should serve him very well this week.