Billy Horschel is an American professional golfer, a husband and a father of two, who is currently playing on the PGA Tour. He is ranked 78 in the Official World Golf Ranking, OWGR with 82.5 as total points.
Despite his drop in golf ranking, Horschel is a four-time All-American, including three first-team honors, and has won the Southeastern Conference player of the year 2007 and 2009.
Billy Horschel’s Biography
William John Horschel was born on December 7, 1986, and raised in Grant, Florida where he attended Bayside High School in neighboring Palm Bay. He attended the University of Florida, Gainesville on an athletic scholarship and while in the school, he played for Florida Gators men’s golf team in NCAA competition from 2006 to 2009. He later graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management.
While playing in the NCAA, Billy Horschel played in the 2006 US Open and won the individual medalist honors at the year’s Amateur. His round of 60 was an 18–hole tournament and USGA record, but he failed to make it past the third round of match play, as well as missed the cut.
Horschel’s professional career took off in 2009 and in December of the same year, he successfully gained a 2010 PGA Tour card through qualifying school in order to back up his medical extension should he fail to earn enough scores to secure his Tour Card.
In 2011, Horschel made his first cut in eleven PGA Tour starts, at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, finishing T13. He finished the season at 140th on the money list, granting him conditional status for 2012. His best finish on the Web.com Tour that year is a 4th at the Stadion Classic at UGA.
Through the years as a professional golfer, Horschel has moved back and forth on the Official World Golf Ranking. In 2014, he earned his second win at the BMW Championship, which propelled him to the 23rd place in the world rankings. As if to push further up the position, he won The Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club along with the FedEx Cup and moved to the 14th place in the OWGR.
Career Earnings and Net Worth
In 2015, Forbes named Billy Horschel as the highest paid golfer with a net worth of $19 million and earnings/winnings worth $16 million.
On September 2014, Horschel earned a total of $13.5 million within a range of three weeks. First, he won $597,333 for finishing second at the Deutsche Bank Championship; $1,440,000 for winning the BNW Championship on Sunday, Sept. 8; and $11,440,000 for winning the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. It was marked as the greatest success for Horschel and while all that cash was his to do with as he pleases, the champion’s generosity knew no bounds. He gave $1 million to his caddie, Micah Fugitt, making the side man an instant millionaire.
In addition, Horschel reportedly tipped the locker room attendants at East Lake Golf Club $10,000 each.
During his interview with the Golf Digest, Horschel didn’t attempt to shy from the satisfaction winning such lofty sum brings. On his website, he revealed he’s from a “blue-collar” family where money was not in excess and he wasn’t a country club kid. He said he’d always wanted to make it big to be able to repay his family for all they had done for him.
Horschel and his wife Brittany got married in 2010 and the couple has two daughters. Their first child Skyler Horschel was born in 2014 shortly after the golfer’s win at the Tour Championship which came with a $10 million bonus. Their second daughter Colbie came in April 2017.
The Horschels met in Florida and started dating after their first meeting at a junior golf tournament in 2004. At the time, Brittany was also a golf player, but her wrist injury ended her competitive career which was more traumatic for Brittany than they both anticipated. Like most couples, their marriage wasn’t without challenges and struggles. They recounted Brittany’s struggle with alcoholism during an appearance on “Good Morning America.”
Before that, she took to her Twitter page to voice out their young family’s challenges. She began by saying she’s an alcoholic, who had struggled through the support of family and friends to regain her life and family. Before her one sobriety from booze, Brittany described how she would start the morning with a cocktail, regularly mixing orange juice and vodka then continued to drink throughout the day.
With sheer determination, the Horschels reclaimed their lives and Brittany is hopeful her story would inspire other alcoholics out there to seek help like she bravely did.