Horschel triumphs again at Tour Championship
America’s Billy Horschel was victorious again on Sunday at the Tour Championship – marking the end of the 2014 PGA Tour season in style.
Horschel’s 2014 season has been a tale of mixed fortunes, with missed cuts and high scores threatening to strip the American of his Tour card – until recently. Horschel came back from the brink with a win at the BMW Championship last week, setting the scene for Sunday’s back-to-back victory.
Sunday’s victory was the result of four days’ hard work by Horschel, who kept up with the pace to share the lead in every round. The champion enjoyed an incident-free final round, leaving his main competitors, Jim Furyk and world number one Rory McIlroy, three strokes behind on Sunday. However, Horschel pulled off a 30-foot putt on the sixteenth to edge two strokes ahead of Furyk after his ball landed deep in the forested rough.
Horschel’s victory on Sunday puts him at the top of the FedEx Cup rankings for 2014 – a further accolade for the easy-going American who turned his PGA Tour fortunes around in less than a month.
Casey wins KLM Open
The UK’s Paul Casey was victorious at the KLM Open on Sunday, weathering a storm of competitors to outpace France’s Romaine Wattel and fellow-Briton Simon Dyson in the final round.
Casey began the final round four strokes off the pace, but quickly made up the deficit with an almost flawless front nine performance. As Wattel’s game lost direction on the back nine, Dyson emerged as the champion’s main competitor – but Casey’s cool head allowed him to stay one stroke ahead of his compatriot to clinch the title.
For Casey, Sunday’s win marks a comeback on the European Tour after a slow period brought about by nagging injuries. The 37-year-old, who has recently become a father, is likely to be a regular contender at European Tour events once again.
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