Horschel’s PGA career tees off today in Honolulu


Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 11:46 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 11:46 p.m.

Tough life, eh? Playing golf in Hawaii? Having your every need taken care of?

Billy Horschel isn’t complaining.

The former Florida golfer begins his new job today as a member of the PGA Tour playing in the Sony Open in Honolulu.

“It’s pretty awesome,” Horschel said. “Monday I went out and played nine holes and I was thinking when I teed it up on the first hole, ‘I’m going to be doing this every week.’ It’s exciting, but it’s a little nerve-wracking.

“Everywhere I go I have to find out where the lunch table is, where the medical trailer is, where the lifting trailer is. But it’s pretty awesome. I think it’s going to hit me when I’m out there.”

Horschel earned his PGA Tour card at qualifying school after playing a handful of pro tournaments last summer. He has leaned on some Tour players for advice as he gets his feet wet on the Tour.

“I talked to Camilo (Villegas) in June and he gave me some advice,” Horschel said. “Chris DiMarco talked to me about a lot of stuff. He was texting me during Q-school trying to encourage me. I’ve talked to guys like Charles Howell III about little things you need to know, like what course to play this week. We play this on four courses and you can’t play them all in practice.”

Horschel has an ambitious schedule ahead of him including the Bob Hope and Pebble Beach as well as trips to Riviera and Torrey Pines.

And he has his goals in mind. The first — to make the field for The Players Championship.

“My goal all the time is to win,” he said.

And with winning comes more perks. They’re already pretty good.

“It’s sort of weird to have all of these people who want to do things for you,” he said. “Even my management company, they’re doing all of these things and I’m constantly thanking them like a thousand times. It’s weird to have so many people helping you out.

“The whole thing is pretty awesome. All of these tournaments I’ve watched on TV and I watch a lot of golf on TV.

Every PGA tournament. Now I get to see them in person.”

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