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What's In The Winner's Golf Bag: Billy Horschel at The BMW Championship - Great Golf Deals.com Blog




CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. — Ponte Vedra Beach, you have a problem. The FedEx Cup playoffs, instituted by the PGA Tour to deliver a fabulous finish to the season, has become a dusty stagecoach ride to exhaustion.




It’s clear the PGA Tour’s yellow-brick road is in dire need of repairs when the reigning Tour Championship winner, Henrik Stenson, does not qualify to defend his title and expresses relief. Stenson, who posted a wire-to-wire victory over Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker at last year’s event to pocket $11.44 million, tied for 23rd Sunday at the BMW Championship, won by Billy Horschel, to finish 52nd in the standings.

The top 30, minus Dustin Johnson, who is on a voluntarily leave of absence to deal with personal issues, will compete to be the top dog this week at East Lake Golf Course in Atlanta. That group includes Morgan Hoffmann, who carded the low round of the day at Cherry Hills Country Club, a seven-under-par 63, to jump to 21st, from 68th, in the points standings.

Stenson finished 11 strokes behind Horschel, who closed with a 69 for a 72-hole total of 14-under 266, two strokes better than Bubba Watson, and then described his situation as “win-win.” He explained: “East Lake is a really great golf course, and I would really like to come back and defend and to play it again. But I finally get a bit of a break.”
To the fans who come to the playoff events expecting the greatest show on grass, Stenson offered his heartfelt apologies. “I think it’s hard for the crowds sometimes to understand what we go through with the schedule,” he said. “Again, if you want to perform at the very highest level, at your peak, you’ve got to get the rest and practice in. You can’t play every week.”

The Australian Geoff Ogilvy, who was 151st in the FedEx Cup standings on July 27, parlayed a miler’s closing kick into a spot in the Tour Championship. After tying for 36th at one over on Sunday to finish 25th in the points race, Ogilvy said, “To be honest with you, I’m not a 100 percent excited about playing golf next week, but I’m really excited about what making the Tour Championship does for you.”

The players blessed/cursed to be continuing on to East Lake earn exemptions into the first three majors of 2015. “I’ll be happy when I’m not so tired,” said Ogilvy, who has played six of the last seven weeks.

The unintended consequence of a bottom-heavy schedule, in which two majors, a World Golf Championships event and four playoff events are crammed into the season’s final nine weeks, is that it is going to hurt the top. Don’t be surprised if players disappear between October — when the season starts anew — and the Florida swing in March.
“You’re going to start seeing some of the best players rarely between next week and March,” Ogilvy said.

He added: “No one wants to feel sorry for us, because this is an amazing thing we get to do. But if they want us to play our best in six or seven or eight of the biggest tournaments of the year in a 10-week stretch, it’s just too much.”

Ernie Els closed with a 67 to finish tied for 16th at five-under. Els, 44, missed qualifying for the Tour Championship by 11 places, but he could not summon the energy to be disappointed. This was his ninth consecutive tournament, dating to the Scottish Open.
Looking ahead, Els said, “We need a break somewhere because next year is the Presidents Cup in Korea, the majors, the Olympics are coming up ...”

His voice trailed off. Just talking about the schedule exhausted him. “If someone comes up with a good plan, hopefully they’ll listen,” he said.

At 25, Rory McIlroy, the world No. 1, is nearly half Els’ age and he considered taking this week off to steal some rest. Though he showed up, his concentration went missing. The cumulative fatigue McIlroy experienced from contending in nearly every tournament he has played since the start of July caused him to make mental mistakes that cost him dearly.
McIlroy four-putted the par-3 No. 12 on Saturday and again on Sunday when he closed with a 66 to finish tied for eighth at four under. “On the third putt, I’m actually thinking, O.K., you don’t want to 4-putt again,” McIlroy said.

He could laugh about it because he is fourth in the points race, which means he can win the FedEx Cup, and the $10 million bonus, outright with a victory this week.
McIlroy was checking his watch repeatedly as he finished his press-related obligations. The Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning had given him tickets to the team’s season opener against the Indianapolis Colts, and McIlroy was anxious to make it in time for the opening kickoff.

The PGA Tour has a problem when its No. 1-ranked player sees fit to praise the N.F.L. for the sanity and sensibility of its schedule.
“I think the great thing about football is how short the season is,” McIlroy said Thursday. “So it’s always in demand. People want it. Once the Super Bowl finishes, they can’t wait for football season to start up again.”

If Horschel looked fresher than most, it could be because this was his fifth tournament since he missed the cut at the British Open in mid-July. On the PGA Tour nowadays, that kind of schedule practically qualifies as bankers’ hours.

“Hopefully this win will give me some more confidence and shoot me up there into an upper echelon player,” Horschel said. “I want to be where the Rory McIlroys are, the Tigers are, the Phil Mickelsons, the Bubba Watsons, the guys that are winning majors.”
Perhaps Horschel should be careful what he wishes for, because where the top players were on Sunday was beyond exhaustion.


What's In Billy's' Bag?


Driver: Ping G30 (9 set to 10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue 60X (tipped 1 inch)
Length: 45.25 inches
Swing Weight: D4

3 Wood: Ping G25 (15 at 13.9 degrees)
Shaft: Oban Kiyoshi Black 75-05 (tipped 1 inch)
Swing Weight: D2



5 Wood: Ping G25 (18 at 17.6 degrees)
Shaft: Oban Kiyoshi Black 75-05 (Tipped 1.5 Inches)
Swing Weight: D2


Irons: Ping S55 (3, 5-PW)
Color Code: Black [(3, 5 irons) standard] and Red [(6-PW) 0.75 degrees flat]
Shafts: Ping Z-Z65 / Cushin
Swing Weight: D1
Length: +1/4 Inch

Wedges: Ping Gorge (50, 56, and 60 Degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue
50 (Bent to 52) Degrees Loft, Standard Lie, and D3 Swing Weight
56 SS (Bent to 57) Degrees Loft, Standard Lie and D4 Swing Weight
60 SS (Bent to 61) Degrees Loft, Standard Lie and D4 Swing Weight

Putter: Ping TR B60
Length: 34 inches
Lie: 70 Degrees
Loft: 3.5 Degrees
Grip: SuperStroke Flatso Ultra
Swing weight: D5


Grips: Golf Pride V55 (Full Cord, Rib)
Diameter: .58 (+3 Wraps Right Hand and +2 Wraps Left Hand)


Ball:
Titleist ProV1x + (2013)

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