Horschel back in the winners’ circle in Dominican Republic

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Opposite field PGA Tour events have been a rarity for Billy Horschel since establishing himself as one of the leading players in the game a decade ago, but a slip down the World and FedEx Cup rankings left him on the outside looking in as the PGA Tour’s big guns took on Harbour Town Links at Hilton Head, and Horschel instead found himself heading to the Dominican Republic for the Corales Puntacana Championship.

And what better way to prove that you’re good enough for the big time than by exerting your dominance over the weaker field? Horschel ran off four straight birdies on the front nine to thrust himself into the mix, eagled the par-5 12th to take control and closed with a nine-under 63 for an eventual two-shot victory.

“This game of golf is so fickle,” Horschel said. “You can put a lot into it and not get everything you want out of it. I knew … I had the ability, I had the talent. I had to continue to believe the good stuff was going to come to the forefront.”

Horschel, who started the final round three shots behind popular YouTuber and PGA Tour winner Wesley Bryan, all but sealed it with an 18-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole.

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