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This is what happens when you heckle Billy Horschel



Heckling on the golf course is becoming more and more frequent these days, but perhaps the next golf fan who attempts to get on the wrong side of Billy Horschel will think twice after the American responded angrily to a rowdy spectator at last week’s Zurich Classic.

The incident took place on the par-3 17th during the second round, as Billy Horschel played his tee shot. After Horschel had struck his shot, the spectator yelled “Get in the water!”, before Horschel responded angrily, saying “Hey, get the f**k out of here.”

(language warning, obviously)

Horschel took to social media after his round to apologize for losing his cool, publishing this tweet.

Although, not everyone believed that the apology was necessary, with Twitter savant, Eddie Pepperell, leaping to Horschel’s defense, as well as suggesting how he should handle similar situations in the future.


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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito



  1. John Lang

    Jun 7, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    Horschel, and most of the blueblood snowflakes on tour, wouldn’t last a second in any other sport. No balls. Imagine them playing baseball in Philly?

  2. Barry

    May 20, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    but these are just standard US fans these days. What is it with you guys and the need to have your voices heard? The stuff they were shouting as well in the PGA was just cringeworthy, and reinforced our views of American golf fans. Boorish, childish, crass, drunk. It’s why the US players love playing in the Open Championship. They get to play in front of a bit of class for a change.

  3. HappyDuffer

    May 18, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Just more childish behavior from PGA players. If you want your fans to behave better, perhaps you should try setting a better example of how to handle things calmly like an adult and a gentleman.

    • GD

      May 18, 2019 at 3:48 pm

      Really? you’re blaming Billy Horschel for an adult spectator not knowing how to behave? Are we just that mindless in your eyes that because a player says a bad word in anger, that we in turn think its ok to act like a self control-less child? It’s the fault of the players that grown men just cant help themselves and scream mashed potatoes the second a player makes impact? How much more personal responsibility to we need to remove from adults in our society?

  4. JP

    May 14, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Next time send Gianni the Enforcer in to handle hecklers.

  5. OhioBricker

    May 14, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    There isn’t a whinier douchebag on the PGA Tour than Billy Horschel. As much as I can’t stand him (he’s already blocked me on Twitter) I still hate people who yell anything after a golf shot more than anything else in all of sports.

  6. Gatorhater

    May 12, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Billy wears jorts.

  7. James

    May 10, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    So many snowflakes on Tour can’t tolerate a little heckle. Billy and Eddie, STFU and entertain me.

    • jgpl001

      May 11, 2019 at 2:19 pm

      Can’t handle a little heckle?

      Since when was heckling and drunken loudmouth behavior a part of golf?

    • Rich

      May 18, 2019 at 11:10 pm

      Snowflake fans can’t handle a little backlash for their bad behavior.

  8. Grug-Brain Golf Fan

    May 10, 2019 at 12:43 pm


  9. Dyson Bochambeau

    May 9, 2019 at 9:24 am

    Biwwy gets vewee veweee mad if you make him angwhee

  10. jgpl001

    May 6, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    He should have dragged him over the ropes and thrown him into the water
    There needs to be a zero tolerance policy with these idiots – chuck them out, fine them $50K and ban them from any Golf event for life
    When are the PGA Tour going to wake up and take action ???

    • James T

      May 11, 2019 at 5:53 pm

      … sayin, “Oh, I thought you said to get you in the water.”

  11. Joey5Picks

    Apr 30, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    100% behind Billy. Silence is being complicit and reinforces the behavior. Idiots need to be called out, whether it’s the j@ack@ss who yells “get in the hole” or “get in the water” or the @$$hole who figures the rules don’t apply to him and drives solo in the carpool lane.

  12. Sergio

    Apr 29, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Billy H., you’ve gained in me a fan for life! Billy H. was much too restrained in his remark. He should not have only said “get the F*** out of here; he would have been well within his manly rights to to tell that punk that he is a moron, a disgrace to the good sportsmanship and gentlemanly nature of the game of golf, and doesn’t belong within a mile of a golf course! Security should have escorted the miscreant out immediately and he should have been banned from PGA tour events for life! The entire shout out stupidities culture that is beginning to take over golf events should not be tolerated. It’s getting so bad I don’t even like watching anymore. The only tournament that is watchable is the Masters and The British Open Championship. The PGA is out of control and so is the US Open. I think the PGA Tour should re-think it’s anything goes policy towards louts and miscreants shouting out idiocies. Is it so awful to have people behave like the do at Augusta. The cheers are thunderous but you rarely hear any stupidity. That’s the way it should be. This is golf not football.

  13. A. Commoner

    Apr 29, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    What happens is that you are treated to a garbage mouth shout back.

  14. jason

    Apr 29, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    i’ve seen comments regarding heckling from fans and how it doesn’t seem to be problem in other sports and golfers need to be less uptight…

    there is a huge difference that separates golf from baseball, football, etc.

    golf is an individual sport. when you are yelling at a player, you are rooting against the individual. not to mention the golf ‘arena’ is typically quiet, where any comment is easily heard. If you’re heckling the cubs RF, you’re likely doing so because you are rooting against the cubs, rather just doing so because you have something against that player. when you heckle a golfer, it comes across as rude and an attack on that player.

    overall heckling is useless and classless. hecklers in any sport are the bottom feeders, but in golf they take the low to a whole new level

    • Brian

      May 15, 2019 at 8:20 pm

      How is rooting against an individual any different than rooting against a group of individuals? In a team sport, you’re rooting for an individual to drop a fly ball or brick a free throw. It’s elementally the same as rooting for a golfer to dunk his ball in the drink.

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The Economist’s Eagle predictor rates betting favorite Rory McIlroy as just the third-most-likely player to win The Open



Rory McIlroy is the betting favorite at this week’s Open Championship, but according to the Economist’s Eagle statistical model, the Ulsterman is the third most likely winner of the event – possessing a 5.6% win probability.

The Economist’s Eagle model creates up-to-the-minute calculations for every player: their probability of each score outcome on every hole, predicted final score to par, and chances of winning the tournament or finishing among the top five, ten or 20.

The two men which Eagle sees as possessing a greater chance of winning the 148th Open Championship are Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson, who hold a 6.3 percent and 7.4 percent likelihood according to the model.

The results may surprise you, but according to The Economist’s Dan Rosencheck, the venue this week hurts McIlroy’s chances of winning his second Open Championship.

“The 7,344-yard layout at Royal Portrush does not particularly reward Mr McIlroy’s strengths. His skills are best suited for ultra-long courses with wide fairways and forgiving greens, like Erin Hills at the 2017 US Open (which played at some 7,840 yards during the first two rounds). In contrast, links courses often reward precision over power.”

Mcilroy is just one of three players with a pre-tournament win probability of over 5%, which Rosencheck stresses makes him quite clearly one of the world’s absolute best. But The Economist author warns that while his win probability is relatively high, it also represents that “about 17 times out of 18, Mr McIlroy’s fervent supporters will go home disappointed.”

You can follow the Eagle statistical model live throughout the four days of play at


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Golf coach Pete Cowen labels Matt Wallace a “complete idiot” and calls for the golfer to be banned



Legendary golf coach Pete Cowen has labelled Matt Wallace a “complete idiot” and called for the 29-year-old to be banned for his treatment of his caddie at the BMW International last month.

Cowen, who works with the likes of Brooks Koepka, Henrik Stenson and Gary Woodland, was speaking to The Times, where he claimed

“He is a complete idiot and the European Tour has to do something about it. A bollocking is no good, a fine is no good. He needs a ban. It’s a form of cheating because you’re putting your opponent off.

“The best thing would have been if his caddie had dropped his bag — I’d have chucked it in the bloody lake — but that wouldn’t do Dave McNeilly any good.”

Wallace was seen angrily remonstrating with his caddie, Dave McNeilly, on the 18th hole of the BMW International in June, and the English golfer also came under fire for a putter slam at the British Masters back in May.

Hitting back at Cowen’s claim that Wallace should be banned was the golfer’s agent, Chubby Chandler, who stated to James Corrigan of The Telegraph 

“He’s a good kid who hasn’t smashed up markers or abused officials unlike some other players and to say he should be banned is utterly ridiculous. It’s funny, I remember a young player who I was on Tour with in the 70s who was renowned for his tantrums and snapping clubs. His name was Pete Cowen.”

Matt Wallace tees off alongside Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed at this week’s Open Championship on Thursday.

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The Open Championship betting: Prop bets



The Open Championship gets underway tomorrow, and for those of you who want a little action on the event but aren’t looking to commit to the outright market, here we will highlight some of the prop bet offerings that have chalked up this week.

The Open Championship betting: Prop bets

Highest Single Round

Over 81.5 – 10/13

Under 81.5 – 1/1

Lowest Single Round

Over 64 – 1/1

Under 64 – 10/13

R McIlroy/B Koepka/D Johnson Win Open Championship?

Yes – 7/2

No – 4/19

R McIlroy/B Koepka/D Johnson/J Rahm/T Woods Win Open Championship?

Yes – 2/1

No – 2/5

Nationality of Winner

USA – 23/20

Field – 20/29

Will there be a Playoff?

Yes – 14/5

No – 5/18

Will there be a Hole in One in the tournament?

Yes – 20/29

No – 23/20

Will the Winner be in Final Group in Final Round?

Yes – 2/5

No – 2/1

Winning Score

Over 272.5 – 4/5

Under 272.5 – 20/21

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