It’s a strange sport, golf.
Billy Horschel hadn’t won a tournament on the PGA Tour since 2014. He hadn’t even made a cut in four events.
Yet, there he was on Sunday evening, outlasting Jason Day in a playoff to win the AT&T Byron Nelson for his fourth career victory.
“Four missed cuts and then nothing really to say that I was going to play well,” Horschel told reporters afterward. “But I played well. Unfortunately, I don’t want to win like that. It was a battle all day.”
By “win like that,” Horschel was referring to Day, who pulled his 5-foot par putt on the first playoff hole to hand the Florida Gator the win.
— Billy Horschel (@BillyHo_Golf) May 22, 2017
“Listen, I’ve missed a short putt not too long ago to lose a playoff,” Horschel said. “I know the feeling. You always want to win with a birdie on the last hole. It’s the way the game of golf goes sometimes.”
Indeed. It’s a zany sport, full of unpredictability. As Horschel alluded to in his post-round interview, nothing about his play would have suggested that he would play well this week, let alone win the tournament and pick up a $1.35 million purse in the process.
“Someone,” Horschel said, “is looking out for me.”