2022 Memorial Championship Leaderboard, Results: Billy Horschel Continues Recovery Season with Big Win

A tense PGA Tour event turned into a relatively easy victory for Billy Horscher, who captured the 2022 Memorial Championship at Muirfield Village by four strokes. With the leaderboard expanding and contracting like a living organism not only throughout the weekend, but on the back nine on Sunday, the Florida product was able to fend off Aaron Wise and Joaquin Niemann for the first half of his career. Seventh PGA Tour victory and first on the way since 2017 in stroke play.

The par-5 15th was interrupted by an eagle — Horschel’s first of 573 holes at Muirfield Village — and the 35-year-old’s consistent stellar form has finally paid off as he’s been 2022 One of the most underrated players of the year. Arriving in Dublin, Ohio, a two-time runner-up this season, it was his poor performance in last week’s Charles Schwab Challenge that ignited Horscher’s fire — as if he needed it.

“We haven’t done well in the past two weeks [go through his process]and Fauci [caddie Mark Fulcher] I just had a post-colonial talk after we missed the cut last week,” said Horschel, who won $2.2 million to commemorate the win. “We were all really excited about it and missed the cut, so we said , ‘We just need to go back to what we do best, and if we do that, then it gives us the best chance of being successful on every shot. ‘”

He’s always been a player who thrives on momentum, but this victory was markedly different from the past. His performance in the 2014 FedEx Cup playoffs snowballed the definition of a strong start, and the same could be said for his 2021 WGC-Dell Technologies match play win.

Even last fall, Hoscher entered the Tour Championship 29th in the standings, starting 10 shots behind Patrick Cantley and continuing his climb to ninth over the weekend. Then he wasn’t selected for the Ryder Cup — not even getting a call from captain Steve Stricker — and decided to play in the BMW PGA Championship, the flagship event of the DP World Tour.

Horschel won.

“I didn’t get that call. I was a little frustrated. I was a little nervous,” Horschel said after the Wentworth win. “Give me a little fire in my ass or my ass, it’s nice to really not show anything, but you know, just give me a little fire, not that I need it.”

So, maybe not all the power, but some extra power drives Horscher in these moments. Feeling belittled, as if he’s not getting the attention he deserves, has proven to have given him victory at this point more than once. That’s no longer a problem for the man expected to be No. 11 in the official world golf rankings, ahead of the likes of Zand Schauffele, Hideki Matsuyama and Will Zalatoris.

Horschel has moved up to No. 10 in the FedExCup standings while locking in immunity from the 2023 Masters, Sentry Championship, PGA Championship and The Players Championship.

People shouldn’t be surprised if Horschel gets a call to hold the Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow this fall, as the U.S. will be looking to reload and replace possibly half their lineup from Whistling Strait. While that is certainly Hoscher’s number one goal this year, the next line is likely to be a Grand Slam title victory, and his best chance in a long time, precisely in two weeks. Motivated, motivated, and there’s a good chance Horscher will play a big role at the U.S. Open at the country club in two weeks’ time. Grade: A+

Rick Gehman joins Greg DuCharme and Mark Immelman to reflect on and react to Billy Horschel’s 2022 Memorial Championship victory. Follow and listen to The First Cut on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Here are other results from the 2022 Memorial Championship:

T3. Joaquin Niemann (-7): Many will point to his double bogey on the par-4 14th as a sign that his game around the green needs improvement, but I tend to disagree. Niemann was able to bounce back with birdies on the next two holes and his hardcore game was revived after losing streaks in consecutive matches. It was a disappointing finish as the 23-year-old came close to completing the GOAT doubles by winning bouts between Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus. The young Chilean has all the skills in the world, and if there are any outstanding shares, I will buy them at the opening bell tomorrow. Grade: A-

T5. Max Houma (-6): It was a “what if” final round for the four-time PGA Tour champion as Houma played flawlessly through the 16 holes. With a pair of double bogeys on his back nine, it’s worth pondering how the people behind him on the course would react if they saw a 10-under par from the clubhouse. Still, it was another impressive run on a tough golf course for Houma, who now turns his attention to the U.S. Open. After a tie for 13th at the PGA Championship, maybe he’s finally found the majors because they’ve been troublesome for him before. Grade: A-

T5. Zara Torres (-6): Disappointment at the Charles Schwab Challenge was inevitable after the PGA Championship playoff loss. We’ll let that missed cut slip as Zara Torres’ typically strong batting returns at Muirfield Village and propels him into the top five. All indications are that he continues to excel in majors at country club. The last U.S. Open was in the Northeast, where he tied for sixth in his championship debut. Grade: B+

T10. Jon Rahm (-4): With a final-round 69, the Spaniard finished in the top 10, making Rory McIlroy proud. Surprisingly, it wasn’t his short game that let Rahm down, but his performance off the tee, as he said the swing and sight made him uncomfortable all week. He has hit just 29 of 56 fairways since the 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge and has his first off-the-tee loss on the PGA Tour — first start since COVID-19 restarted . Grade: B

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