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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 the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] 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 [email protected]@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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WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Draw: Justin Thomas headlines ‘Group of Death’



The draw for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play took place on Monday morning, and as always, the draw has thrown up some fascinating groupings.

Defending champion Kevin Kisner will have his work cut out, as he’s been landed in arguably the toughest group of them all, which includes Players champ Justin Thomas as well as Louis Oosthuizen and Matt Kuchar.

World Number One Dustin Johnson will face Kevin Na, Robert McIntyre and Adam Long, while Group 8 has a distinctly European Ryder Cup feel to it with Tyrrell Hatton, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia and Matt Wallace all drawn together.

Here’s a look at the draw in full:

Group 1

Dustin Johnson (1)

Kevin Na (28)

Robert MacIntyre (41)

Adam Long (61)

Group 2

Justin Thomas (2)

Louis Oosthuizen (22)

Kevin Kisner (34)

Matt Kuchar (52)

Group 3

Jon Rahm (3)

Ryan Palmer (24)

Shane Lowry (38)

Sebastián Muñoz (56)

Group 4

Collin Morikawa (4)

Billy Horschel (32)

Max Homa (35)

J.T. Poston (63)

Group 5

Bryson DeChambeau (5)

Tommy Fleetwood (21)

Si Woo Kim (45)

Antoine Rozner (58)

Group 6

Xander Schauffele (6)

Scottie Scheffler (30)

Jason Day (44)

Andy Sullivan (57)

Group 7

Patrick Reed (7)

Joaquin Niemann (26)

Christiaan Bezuidenhout (33)

Bubba Watson (55)

Group 8

Tyrrell Hatton (8)

Lee Westwood (18)

Sergio Garcia (39)

Matt Wallace (51)

Group 9

Webb Simpson (9)

Paul Casey (17)

Mackenzie Hughes (48)

Talor Gooch (59)

Group 10

Patrick Cantlay (10)

Hideki Matsuyama (23)

Carlos Ortiz (42)

Brian Harman (54)

Group 11

Rory McIlroy (11)

Cameron Smith (25)

Lanto Griffin (46)

Ian Poulter (60)

Group 12

Tony Finau (12)

Jason Kokrak (29)

Will Zalatoris (40)

Dylan Frittelli (64)

Group 13

Viktor Hovland (13)

Abraham Ancer (27)

Bernd Wiesberger (43)

Kevin Streelman (53)

Group 14

Daniel Berger (14)

Harris English (19)

Brendon Todd (47)

Erik van Rooyen (62)

Group 15

Matt Fitzpatrick (15)

Matthew Wolff (20)

Corey Conners (37)

Jordan Spieth (49)

Group 16

Sungjae Im (16)

Victor Perez (31)

Marc Leishman (36)

Russell Henley (50)

The WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play gets underway this Wednesday.

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Report: Brooks Koepka undergoes knee surgery; Masters in doubt



Brooks Koepka’s appearance at next month’s Masters tournament appears increasingly unlikely after the 30-year-old underwent surgery on his right knee last week.

Koepka told GolfWeek about the surgery which took place on March 16 for “a right knee cap dislocation and ligament damage.” As for the 2021 Masters tournament, Koepka told the publication that: “Whatever my body says, I’m going to listen.”

This came after the 30-year-old posted a series of images to his social sites showing himself on crutches, with his right knee bandaged and another of the golfer on an anti-gravity treadmill.

Koepka last teed it up at the WGC-Workday Championship earlier this month, where he finished runner-up.

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Rickie Fowler responds to Faldo’s ‘commercial’ dig



Earlier this month, Nick Faldo caused a stir when he suggested that Rickie Fowler could shoot another ‘six commercials’ if he were to miss next month’s Masters.

Fowler, who is very likely to miss out on the 2021 Masters, responded to Faldo’s comments over the weekend, where he said that he understood where the six-time major champion was coming from.

Speaking at the Honda Classic, Fowler said:

“No, I know where Nick was trying to come from on that, and it’s like competitor to competitor, you’re trying to needle each other and get each other going type of thing. I am fortunate to have some great partners and make some great commercials, and it’s been fun to be able to do that. I would much rather be playing the week of the Masters than working. But it’s all part of it.

“I’m going to keep kicking down the door, if we’re able to do something special in the next few weeks before Augusta, we’ll be there. If not, we’ll keep grinding, and we’ll be back in the winner’s circle soon.”

The Californian finished T65 last week and now ranks 90th in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Fowler does not qualify for this week’s WGC-Match Play and is not teeing it up at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, which means that his only route now into this year’s Masters is by winning the Valero Texas Open.

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