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Billy Horschel wins BMW Championship

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Billy Horschel has won the BMW Championship in Denver by two shots as the FedEx Cup heads to it's finale, the Tour Championship.

Horschel has now moved into second place in the FedEx Cup standings with the top 30 players heading to Atlanta for next week's event.

$10million bonus prize

The win means Horschel has the opportunity to land the $10million (£6million) bonus prize for winning the Tour Championship as the top five ranked players will automatically take the reward with victory.

Chris Kirk is currently in the lead with Horschel, Bubba Watson, Rory McIlroy and Hunter Mahan closely behind him.

The American will be glad to have put the disappointment of finishing tied for second at the Deutsche Bank Championship last week behind him when a poor tee shot on the 18th ruined his chances of victory.

The 27-year old managed to go one better this time after a final round of 69 enough to leave him two shots clear of the field on 14-under.

Consistent

It was a consistent one-under par round which saw him close with 11 straight pars and he held off late challenges from the likes of Watson and Morgan Hoffman.

Horschel admits that he hasn't had the greatest season but is delighted to have won the penultimate Fed-Ex Cup play-off event.

"It just means a lot," Horschel told Sky Sports. "I haven't had the greatest season and I had my game today.

"I couldn't have had a better warm-up session this morning and I played the first couple of holes good and then I was just grinding it and I made some big putts. I can rely on my putter because I'm a good putter inside 10 feet."

He was also glad to prove a few people wrong who had mocked him on social media when he fell at the final hurdle during last week's event.

Choker

"This feels good. Obviously after last week a lot of people on Twitter and out there wanted to call me a choker. I didn't choke, I just hit a bad swing at the wrong time. I was coming from behind, you don't choke coming from behind."

He also credited his coach and isn't ruling out his chances of claiming the large prize by winning next week's Tour Championship.

Horschel added: "My form is really good, I'm putting good, I'm doing a lot of good things well. I've got my teacher Todd Anderson coming into town and I'm just going to clean up a couple of things.

Momentum

"I like the way I'm playing. I'm a momentum player and if I can just keep what I've been doing this week and the last two weeks, who knows what's going to happen?"

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Watson shot a four-under 66 to finish in second place while Hoffman hit an impressive seven-under par as he claimed third place on 11-under par for the tournament.

His final round of 63 followed his eight-under par round of 62 on Saturday meaning he moved into the top 30 of the FedEx Cup standings and onto the final play-off event in Atlanta next week.

American trio Jim Furyk, Rickie Fowler and Ryan Palmer alongside Spaniard Sergio Garcia finished in a tie for fourth two strokes adrift of Hoffman.

Lightening strikes twice

World number one Rory McIlroy was having a good final round until lightening struck twice on hole 12. On Saturday, he remarkably four-putting from just four feet and, on the same green during his final round, he did exactly the same on his way to a round of four-under.

The Northern Irishman eventually finished on eight-under for the tournament and had to settle for eight place. The Open champion came into the FedEx Cup play-off events in first place but has now slipped down to fourth.

The 25-year old is disappointed to have slid down the rankings but knows victory next week would see him land the $10million (£6million) bonus prize.

"I would have loved to have gone into next week at number one or two which would have given me a better chance," said McIlroy.

"But I know what I've got to do. I've got to win. I still feel I'm playing good golf and in a field of 30 it's possible."

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