AUSTIN, Texas — So a lot for excruciating work, lengthy hours and exhaustive prep being the one paths to success within the golf world.
Billy Horschel primed for a busy week on the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play with the precise reverse method — taking his household for a much-needed spring break trip in his residence state of Florida.
Who’s to problem the outcomes? Horschel put collectively every week to bear in mind at Austin Country Club, profitable weekend matches over Kevin Streelman, Tommy Fleetwood after which Victor Perez to attain the ultimate.
As the winds picked up on Sunday afternoon, Horschel regarded rested and relaxed as he downed Scottie Scheffler, 2 and 1, to declare the title. Horschel, who hadn’t gained a sanctioned PGA Tour occasion since taking the 2018 Zurich Classic with Scott Piercy and a person title because the 2017 AT&T Byron Nelson, credited the prolonged break for the hop in his step.
“I think mentally it was the key. I played really well at Concession; felt good about my game, and go to Bay Hill and Players and play really bad,” Horschel mentioned on Sunday. “So it was just a great mental reboot to spend time with family, my kids, my aunt and uncle, my cousins and their kids. It was just nice. I don’t think we’ve been on a family vacation I don’t think ever because of me that didn’t have clubs involved.
“So everyone had a great time, and I’m sure there will be more of this after seeing the success I’ve had this week.”
Horschel didn’t come into the week with an important monitor report on the WGC Match Play occasion, profitable a single spherical in 2014 when the event was nonetheless sudden dying, after which failing to get out of pool play in his three subsequent begins.
But the University of Florida product grinded out the win, battling Scheffler as every made a variety of missteps by swirling winds. Horschel thinks he’s obtained the sport to succeed on this occasion for years to come.
“I think I should be a good match play player. I have been. I have spells where I played really good in matches. I think when you putt really well, you putt really well inside 10 feet, something I do really well, I think it makes it tough to, if you don’t give holes away, it makes it tough on your opponents,” he mentioned. “And I just haven’t done a few things correct in certain matches in previous years to be able to get to the point I am now and so I think I’m learning from those. I’m hoping I am.”
Scheffler was making his debut within the occasion, however he maneuvered round Austin Country Club like he knew the place — as a result of he does. Scheffler performed collegiately on the University of Texas, which is only a quick trip away from Pete Dye-designed course.
Scottie Scheffler throughout the semifinal match of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club. (Photo: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports)
Scheffler gained his pool then delivered knockouts to Ian Poulter, Jon Rahm and Matt Kuchar to attain the ultimate. Although he’s but to win on the PGA Tour, Scheffler got here in because the thirtieth seed on this occasion and was the highest remaining seed of the Sunday semifinalists. The runner-up end marks his finest to date; he completed T-3 on the 2019 Bermuda Championship and alone in third on the 2020 The American Express.
And though he was sad along with his remaining spherical, which included a pair of expensive bogeys on Nos. 7 and 9, he nonetheless loved the corporate.
“I love playing golf with Billy. He is one of my favorite guys out here,” mentioned Scheffler, who was the 2020 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.
Scheffler was a spectator at this occasion whereas enjoying for the Longhorns, one thing he regarded again fondly on.
“All I really remember was coming out here with my buddies and wife and just kind of having a good time walking around seeing shots, kind of messing around, gambling a little bit and having some fun,” he mentioned. “I don’t think we watched anybody in particular but just kind of walked the course and had some fun.”
Meanwhile, Kuchar — who has an extended historical past of success at this occasion, capturing the title in 2013, and reaching the ultimate in 2019 earlier than falling to Kevin Kisner — gained the comfort match over Perez, 2 and 1.