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PLAYER PROFILES BILLY HORSCHEL DEREK ERNST JOHN COOK


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December 7, 1986 in Grant, FL. Height: 6-0 Weight: 175 2013 Victory:


Zurich Classic of New Orleans Career Victories: 1


2013 HIGHLIGHTS: Horschel won for the first time in his career by sinking a 27-foot birdie putt on the final hole at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to beat D.A. Points by one stroke. Horschel tied the course record with a final-round 64. The win was his fourth consecutive top-10 finish since late March, a streak where over 16 rounds he had only one round over par (final round of the RBC Heritage). He had also made a PGA TOUR-high 23 consecutive cuts through April.


DID YOU KNOW: Horschel’s superstitions include carrying four tees and a 1936 quarter in his right- front pocket.


« I JUST FELT LIKE I WENT OUT AND PLAYED MY GAME, DID MY STUFF THE WAY I’VE BEEN DOING IT THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS. I FELT LIKE IT’S GOT TO BE SOONER OR LATER


AND THANK GOD I FINALLY WON. » – BILLY HORSCHEL ON HIS FIRST TOUR VICTORY


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May 16, 1990 in Woodland, CA. Height: 6-0 Weight: 170 2013 Victory:


Wells Fargo Championship Career Victories: 1


« ALL WEEK LONG MY SWING FELT GOOD AND MY MENTAL GAME WAS GOOD. THE BIG THING I SAID ALL WEEK LONG IS, I GOT OUT OF MY OWN WAY,


AND IT PAID OFF FOR NOW. » – DEREK ERNST AFTER WINNING IN CHARLOTTE


2013 HIGHLIGHTS: The rookie defeated David Lynn with a par-4 on the first playoff hole (No. 18) at the Wells Fargo Championship to win his first TOUR event in his ninth career start. Ernst earned a spot in the field off the alternate list on Monday of tournament week when Freddie Jacobson withdrew. At age 22 years, 11 months, 19 days, he became the third-youngest champion at the Wells Fargo Championship behind Rory McIlroy in 2010 (20 years, 11 months, 28 days) and Anthony Kim in 2008 (22 years, 10 months, 15 days).


DID YOU KNOW: He has cloudy vision and poor depth perception in his right eye, the result of an injury sustained in the second grade when a shard of PVC pipe sliced his right eye as he was making his mother a gift.


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October 2, 1957 in Toledo, OH. Height: 6-0 Weight: 175 2013 Victory:


Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai


Career Victories: 9


« I HIT A MILESTONE TODAY, WINNING FOR THE 20TH TIME IN MY CAREER ON THE TOUR. I’M


REALLY PROUD OF THAT. » – JOHN COOK


2013 HIGHLIGHTS: Cook jump- started his season with a playoff victory over David Frost


at the


Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. He started his final round two strokes behind Frost and trailed throughout the final round before finally pulling even with a 15-foot birdie on No. 18 to set up the a playoff. After each player made birdie on the first playoff hole, he ended the match by sinking a 12-foot birdie on the second extra hole for his ninth career win and second in the last three years on the Big Island. He played all 54 holes without a bogey, the third player in tournament history to do so.


DID YOU KNOW: Cook was convinced by alumni Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf to attend Ohio State.


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