Not many golfers in their first major tournament in which they play as a professional have a good tournament. Billy Horschel would not know anything about that as in his first major as a professional golfer, he finished tied for fourth at the 2013 U.S. Open.
Horschel heads into the British Open (The Open Championship) as one of the hottest and most recognizable young American golfers on the PGA Tour. Horschel has turned heads because of his wardrobe selection. In specific, Horschel has been known to wear octopus printed pants, yes octopus, during final rounds. While the octopus pants won’t make an appearance at this week’s Open Championship, he will turn heads with his round by round wardrobe choices.
Horschel has also turned many heads because of his talent and skill as a golfer. The 26-year-old has been mentioned in the same breathe as Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson as the future of American golf. Horschel’s ascent in 2013 has also been another reason that he has caught the eye of many observers.
He began the 2013 season ranked 318th in the world rankings. Because of his play this season, Horschel has climbed to 34th in the world rankings and he is currently fourth in the FedEx Cup standings.
While many would consider it a ridiculous notion to even consider it possible that a player who is participating in his second major as a professional to be even considered as a potential winner of The Open Championship, in Horschel’s case it clearly is not. The 100/1 favorite on Bovada.lv did more than enough at the U.S. Open to prove why it is not a ridiculous notion.
Horschel has the game which can succeed at a links-style course and in particular at Muirfield. He has stated that the reason for his success this season has been because of his improvement in his short game and his putting. After all, you do not fluke your way into a share of the lead after two rounds at a U.S. Open if you do not do a good job hitting iron shots and putting well.
Yes, it might be crazy to think that any golfer could win a major in their second attempt at trying to win one, much less headed into an Open Championship. But Horschel is not your typical golfer playing in his second-ever major. Horschel is talented, confident and crazy enough to be able to think he can and actually win the Claret Jug. Wouldn’t that complete what has been a rapid rise to golf stardom?