Willie Mack III grabs 66th professional win in Billy Horschel Invitational at TPC Sawgrass
Willie Mack III received his 66th skilled title on Saturday on the inaugural Billy Horschel APGA Tour Invitational at TPC Sawgrass.
“It’s been a particular few days this week,” Mack instructed APGA Tour media after taking pictures 69-69 to win by 4 pictures. “Simply having Billy Horschel’s title related to the occasion is particular.”
Horschel, a six-time PGA Tour winner, discovered in regards to the APGA Tour’s mission to diversify golf and supply developmental alternatives to minority gamers. Impressed by their mission, Horschel instructed his crew he wished to host an APGA Tour occasion and instantly, sponsors like Cisco and PGA Tour Superstore jumped on board.
“I really feel like I’ve a reference to the gamers as a result of I wasn’t a rustic membership child,” mentioned Horschel, who was born in Grant-Valkaria, Florida. “I grew up lower-middle class so we didn’t have the monetary backing to go play tournaments across the nation. I obtained my first new set of golf equipment after I turned 13 and earlier than that they have been simply hand-me-downs and knock-offs.”
Coincidentally, Horschel is conversant in Mack as they met at a few PGA Tour occasions, for which Mack obtained a sponsor’s exemption, and now they’ve the identical swing coach, Todd Anderson.
“He [Horschel] shoots me some texts all through my couple PGA Tour begins,” mentioned Mack on Horschel. “It’s all the time thrilling to have him be so profitable and provides a hand to anyone who’s attempting to get the place he’s at.”
BY Brentley Romine
— February 16, 2021 at 9:00 AM
The Advocates Professional Golf Affiliation and its tour have for 11 years promoted and improved variety and golf.
Mack is essentially the most profitable participant within the historical past of the APGA Tour, alongside Tim O’Neal. He holds seven victories and two Lexus Cup titles because the APGA Tour Participant of the 12 months. A Farmers Insurance coverage model ambassador, Mack has performed in 4 PGA Tour occasions this 12 months, making his final two cuts. He believes the alternatives to play on the PGA Tour have boosted his confidence to proceed dominating on the APGA Tour. “It’s helped me learn to keep calm and play higher on programs,” mentioned Mack, who additionally loves to select Horschel’s and Anderson’s brains on enhance.
The PGA Tour has additionally made a giant push to assist diversify the sport, together with beginning First Tee applications in inter-cities and partnering with the APGA Tour. “We’re moving into the best path,” mentioned Mack. “It’s not going to be a simple repair or a quick repair, however the PGA Tour having the ability to companion with APGA Tour Tour has been large success for everybody that performs.”
“Simply one other alternative for these guys to proceed their dream to play tour golf, but in addition join them with individuals within the enterprise world who would love to assist and mentor them alongside the way in which is big,” mentioned Horschel. “We have to assist individuals of all background and ethnicities as a result of that’s the one manner golf goes change into extra various and extra inclusive.”