Billy Horschel Ties Course Record To Win Corales Puntacana Championship

The American has endured a tough time since his last win in June 2022, but Horschel produced a brilliant final round to claim a stunning victory

Billy Horschel hugs his caddie after claiming victory
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Back in June 2022, Billy Horschel claimed one of the biggest victories of his career at the Memorial Tournament, with the American securing a four shot win over countryman, Aaron Wise.

However, following the win, Horschel endured a horrid run that saw him drop down the rankings and, at the 2023 Memorial, an event he won just 12 months prior, Horschel was visibly emotional as he carded a 12-over 84 at Muirfield Village, admitting that he actually "broke down".

Now though, at the 2024 Corales Puntacana Championship, Horschel has moved back into the winner's circle, as the 37-year-old produced a stunning nine-under-par final round 63, which equalled the course record, to pick up an eighth PGA Tour title.

Going into the final day, it was Wesley Bryan who started with a one shot lead  after a final hole birdie on Saturday. Although the American didn't play badly, firing a four-under 68, it wasn't enough to topple his fellow countryman, with Bryan finishing solo second.

Over the final day, the leaderboard at Corales Golf Club was full of experience, with the likes of Tour veterans Charley Hoffman and Kevin Tway both in contention. However, out the gate, it was Horschel who made the biggest move, as straight birdies from the second to the fifth moved him up the leaderboard.

Another birdie at the eighth followed and, after a birdie at the 10th and an eagle at the 12th, Horschel soon found himself in the outright lead. Keeping the pressure on, he birdied the 16th and closed with two pars for a 23-under tournament total.

Billy Horschel strikes a tee shot

Horschel made an eagle, seven birdies and 10 pars throughout his final round

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Enduring a small wait in the clubhouse, none of the chasing pack could get close to the American, who eventually claimed a two shot victory and his first win since June 2022.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x