Billy Horschel leading Tour Championship, planning to stay and play if wife goes into labor

By Adam Silverstein
September 12, 2014

Billy Horschel is playing the best golf of his young career.

The 27-year-old former Florida Gators golfer, who has finished 1-2 in his last two tournaments and earned $2.03 million already this month, is currently leading the 2014 Tour Championship by two strokes and has no plans to let anything deter him from winning the entire thing.

Horschel (-8) has Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Chris Kirk (all -6) on his heels as he looks to win a share of the event’s $8 million purse. Also on the line for Horschel and a number of other golfers is the FedExCup title and the $10 million bonus that goes with it.

Having already earned nearly $3.4 million this season, he is hoping to close out a victory over the weekend with plenty on his mind as his wife and fellow former Florida golfer Brittany Horschel is pregnant with a baby girl due in two weeks.

So, what would Horschel do if his wife suddenly goes into labor this weekend?

“We have decided that if she goes into labor while I’m playing, I will just keep playing, because $10 million is a lot of money and I’m not going to pass that by,” he explained.

“I’ll just fly home after the round and fly back a couple hours later, spend some time with them. But right now the plan is [to] not notify me while I’m on the golf course because I really don’t – I would love to know, but [it would] sort of deviate from focus a little bit. So I’ll obviously get the information as I walk off the 18th green.”

Horschel, whose disastrous turn on the 72nd hole two weeks ago allowed Georgia alum Chris Kirk to win the Deutsche Bank Championship by two strokes, defeated another former Bulldogs golfer, Bubba Watson, in the BMW Championship last week.

Often representing the Gators on the course with head covers and clothes featuring the program’s logos, Horschel will do so again on Saturday and Sunday during the most important weekend of his career.

He will use these custom orange-and-blue PING S55 irons as he looks to bring home some major coin for his wife and future baby gator.

Photo Credit: @jonathanrwall


  1. Gatorgrad79 says:

    Hey Britt is a golfer too, she knows when you’re hot you have to play through!!

  2. JS says:

    I don’t fault him for finishing the tournament but for him to say he doesn’t even want to know Bc it will mess up his focus seems a little disappointing. No amount of money in the world is worth the experience of bringing a child in to this world. Congrats to him and his family for their new blessing and the recent success. Go Gators

  3. Mark says:

    Your description of what happened at the Deutsche Bank is inaccurate. Billy was 1 shot back on the 18th, hoping to birdie and force a playoff. He was not leading and did not allow Chris Kirk to “jump him”. Billy was not pleased with people reporting it this way last week in his interview after winning the BMW.

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