|NASCAR's Billy Horschel?|
In fairness, McIlroy had his chance. He was tied with Horschel going into Sunday’s final round. The season had come down to the final 18 holes for the FedEx Cup. It was a dream come true for the PGA. But then the wrong guy won. Even Horschel left no doubt who he thinks is this year’s best golfer.
"In my mind, he’s (McIlroy) the player of the year,” Horschel said. “I don’t think there’s anyone who comes close.”
While Horschel was winning in Atlanta, Brad Keselowski was winning in Chicago, his second straight victory and fifth of the season, more than any other driver. There’s a good chance he’ll win one or two more races before the finale at Homestead.
Yet there’s also a chance Keselowski, and other winners from the NASCAR regular season, could lose the NASCAR championship to someone who doesn’t win a race all year.
Meet Matt Kenseth – NASCAR’s Billy Horschel.
Of course every NASCAR fan knows who Kenseth is. He won more races than everyone else last year, but has yet to score a victory this season. Consistent finishes have kept him near the top of the point standings. And consistent finishes could win him the title this year if everything goes his way, despite NASCAR's emphasis on winning. Vegas puts his odds at a respectable 12/1.
If Kenseth can parlay a few more consistent finishes into the final race at Homestead, all he has to do is finish ahead of the other in the Final Four. If he was to finish second to, say, Kyle Larson, with Keselowski (or another finalist) third, Kenseth would be NASCAR’s champion.
Possible? You bet.
Fair. No way, and Kenseth would probably be the first to say so.
Of course people won’t be asking “who?” if Kenseth wins the Chase.
But they will be asking “why?”