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So, Billy Horschel flipped the bird on live TV…

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Amid the soggy stop-start of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, cameras panned across several players bent-necked over their smartphones in lounge chairs in TPC Louisiana’s clubhouse. There’s Rickie Fowler…and Charley Hoffman…and Billy Horschel, teeth-bared, angry eyed, thrusting forth the middle finger.

“What the heck?” You probably thought, if you were one of the few viewers still engaged in a coverage window more defined by the absence of golf than its presence.

Horschel quickly took to Twitter to clarify his one-finger salute and its intended audience (the Golf Channel’s George Savarcis).

What do you think? Should Horschel be chastised for failing to assume the cameras are always on when players are at a tournament venue? And not that we’ll ever know, given the Tour policy of not publicizing player fines, but Horschel could very well be hit in the pocketbook for his playful bird.

My take: Horschel’s immediate Twitter apology/explanation was on point. However, he should have said that while he was specifically giving Savarcis the finger, the gesture was for Mother Nature as well.

Horschel finished tied for 36th at 6-under par at the Zurich Classic.

Credit to Golf.com’s ExtraSpin staff for the blurred image.

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  1. rory

    May 9, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    I like Billy more now….

  2. Don

    May 4, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    I’m more offended by the number of hats on in the clubhouse. TPC Loiusiana must be pretty lax in the clubhouse decorum department.

  3. Ndoss

    May 3, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    What if…” So, Tiger Woods flipped bird on live TV….”
    Would your opinion have changed in the comment box?

  4. cody

    May 3, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    heaven forbid these guys show any personality. Please, everyone just relax. You can tell by his face that he was messing around and there was no ill intent.

  5. BillyHo

    May 2, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    Im willing to be that rhose cameras had been it there for awhile. How are they supposed to know when they are on or off if they dont tell them. He flipped someone off…big deal! For whoever said that he should be suspended, if that was the case there would probably only be 10 people allowed to play every week. At the end of the day these guys are just normal people having fun doing something they love. Saying they should get suspended for something so common is like saying that you should get fired from your job for flipping off a co-worker!

    • steve

      May 3, 2016 at 8:38 am

      Maybe not suspended for flipping the bird. But suspended for being stupid, he knows that the camera is on when the light is on and he flips it.

    • TCJ

      May 3, 2016 at 11:44 am

      I’m sure any corporation or business that has a decent discrimination, ethics, integrity and code of conduct policy would frown upon co-workers flipping off other co-workers, in jest or otherwise. This is the PGA, and I think a level of professionalism should be expected from its participants, rain delay or not.

  6. Rancho

    May 2, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Seriously? This is news?

  7. fyh

    May 2, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Flip you, Ho!

  8. leo vincent

    May 2, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    leve Billy Ho alone. For the people who don’t have more important things to worry about I flip you the bird

  9. Joe

    May 2, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    I am old as dirt and I still shoot the bird to friends………and sometimes to bad drivers. No big deal.

  10. MS

    May 2, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    i was totally offended by his actions…he should be suspended asap and to those who thinks it’s no big deal
    It’s a shame that you’re probably passing on these morals to your children….
    The whole guys just being guys rationale is why plenty of young men die early and young women aren’t safe in most circumstances
    We must stop this behavior

    • RoGar

      May 2, 2016 at 9:50 pm

      Young millionaires doing what they do, why should we blink!!! Bigger tragedies in this world!!! We are probably going to have Trump as prez… That’s offensive!!!

      • Forsbrand

        May 3, 2016 at 9:37 am

        Vote RoGar!!

        Absolutely so what if Billy flipped the bird, way more Important life threatening news in the world than this!

        trump is going to be the shortest lasting president in us history when he gets in so don’t worry

    • devilsadvocate

      May 8, 2016 at 11:01 am

      Lol good post u had me for a second

  11. ACGolfwrx

    May 2, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Guys a duck but how many guys on tour would have done this? A fare few I bet! Fowler should have backed it up with a brown eye to top it off lol…

  12. steve

    May 2, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Who was watching anyway? The ratings for golf are small to begin with. And the ratings for people to talk about the weather delay in the golf tournament has to be nil. Horschel seems like a tool, but who cares

  13. Jake

    May 2, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    It’s a finger.

  14. Pete

    May 2, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    If seeing someone else’s finger offends you enough to ruin your day then that’s a YOU problem.

  15. Rob

    May 2, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Saw him at Firestone last year miss a putt on his #18th hole…quickly untucked his shirt and threw his hat on backwards while still on the green and didn’t shake the volunteers hands (only player not to do this). He then promptly went to the tent cursing up a storm about his round.
    Class act, not surprised by this at all. Guy is a spoiled punk.

  16. Clemson Sucks

    May 2, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Not a fan of Horschel, but this was in good fun. Move along and get over it people.

  17. Mike Honcho

    May 2, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    He’s a tool just like his mentor, Chris DeMarco. Noonan!

  18. Tony

    May 2, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    I saw it live. He was just goofing around. Golfers are the biggest joksters of all athletes. He shouldn’t have done it and I’m sure he get fined. But it’s not a big deal. He did apologize and that was the right think to do. I think Horshel is a good guy. He is well liked on tour

  19. TCJ

    May 2, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Some people’s kids. I need to start watching the Champions tour, at least they have a tad bit more class!

    • Josh from Chicago

      May 2, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      Hope you make the early bird discount for dinner tonight too, fogey!

      • TCJ

        May 3, 2016 at 11:28 am

        Bazinga! Jokes on you though Josh, I cook my own dinner, just like any “fogey” would.

  20. Matt

    May 2, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Who cares about Horschel? Dude probably whined that it was too humid outside before it rained.

  21. gofish721

    May 2, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Who really cares… and who really saw it live anyways. If the media said nothing about, then his buddy George would be the only one who knew Billy did it. Find something newsworthy. Maybe flip it at the media for being over-analytical/anal/stupid just to make a paycheck.

    Next will be a timely story on someone’s loud fart on the 1st tee…

  22. Desmond

    May 2, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    In this day and age, I mean, what does it matter? Glad he apologized, if only to let kids know it’s not cool.

  23. Nick

    May 2, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I wasn’t watching when it happened. Sure seems harmless to me. Had I been watching I’m sure I would have cackled out loud laughing.

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