Grateful Gator Returns to New Orleans for Zurich Classic Title Defense

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Local junior golfer Madeline Gordon, now a high school student, has done a story on the reigning champion at the Local junior golfer Madeline Gordon, now a high school student, has done a story on the reigning champion at the Zurich Classic with a personal interview at Media Day the last four years.

This time around, Madeline spent time with 27-year old Billy Horchel:

A charismatic Billy Horschel entered the clubhouse at TPC Louisiana with a smile on his face. His appreciation and respect for the city were obvious in the way he spoke. The 2013 Zurich Classic winner responded to all questions with an enthusiasm that reminded me how wonderful the game of golf is.

As an ambassador to New Orleans, Billy Horschel explained that there is much more to the Zurich Classic than golf. He expressed his love for so many things that the city has to offer, such as food, entertainment, and friendly people. The former Florida Gator went as far as saying that the city feels like home. “I love the city, I really do,” stressed Horchel.

His connections to Louisiana range from his University of Florida golf coach Buddy Alexander (the former LSU golf coach) to his bachelor party in New Orleans in 2010. He mentioned his love for Pete Dye Golf courses like the TPC of Louisiana, stating that he has played the Zurich Classic a total of four times.

With great emotion, Horschel expressed that winning the Zurich Classic gave him the opportunity to help his family financially. When asked what it takes to win on the PGA Tour, he responded that winning is tough and requires mental strength.

One question came from a journalist who asked how excited he was to go to the Masters. Billy responded that he is more excited to go back to the Zurich Classic to defend his previous championship than to go to the Masters for the first time.

Below is my one-on-one interview where Billy answered every question in depth with thoughtful and engaging responses. Best of luck to Billy in defending his title as Zurich Classic Champion!

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