So, this is my first blog entry for “Golfing Fanatics!” I am thrilled to be contributing to such a fine online forum, made no less stellar by my involvement, I hope. However, I cannot be nearly as thrilled as PGA young gun Billy Horschel, who is in the swing slot of a lifetime right now: “Billy Ho,” who entered the FedEx Playoffs in 69th place last month, finished the season with a 2nd place and two wins, and another $10 million on top to win the FedEx Trophy as the hottest golfer in the world right now (besting Rory McIlroy to boot). However (and if you’re a parent, you can relate), all of that paled to winning at life earlier this week, as Billy’s wife gave birth to a baby girl. Skylar is the Horschel family’s first child, and Billy already tweeted the following: “Now I can start getting her ready to win the 2032 NCAA women’s Championship for the Florida Gators!” It’s good to see that Billy’s priorities are in the right place…it’s even better to see that all of his winnings this month will buy plenty of diapers…and Gentleman Jack to go with his new Coca-Cola machine. After all, the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party is in Jacksonville in a few weeks. Go Gators!!
Either Billy is giving us the Gator Chomp, or he is showing how much his bank account has grown this month.
However, despite Billy Ho’s hot streak into mid-September, he was not picked for the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team, and he didn’t have enough points to qualify automatically, either. Captain Tom Watson had to make his picks by Sept. 2nd, a couple of weeks before Billy broke the bank and won the last two FedEx playoff events. Maybe the system that chooses the American side of the biennial competition should be changed, given another trouncing by the European side…but we’ll devote that topic for another post in the very near future.
Born and raised on the stretch of Interstate 4 that connects Tampa Bay to Disney World, Scott Fields grew up around Central Florida golf courses. A former competitive player and University of Florida alum, he now lives with his wife and two sons in the North Dallas/Fort Worth area, where he still enjoys an occasional round (with cigar and beer) when it’s not college football season. He is even more passionate about the game now than he ever was. Check out more about Scott on his blog Grits and Golf.