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Billy Horschel upset with Ryder Cup phonecall snub

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Billy Horschel had a little bit of extra motivation last week ahead of the European Tour’s flagship event, the BMW Championship. After claiming a one shot victory yesterday at Wentworth, the six-time PGA Tour winner commented:

“I was a little–there was a little added motivation this week. I thought I was going to get a phone call. Didn’t think it was going to be a phone call that said I made the team. But it was a phone call saying, hey, you had a great year, obviously we talked, but we’re going to go in a different direction.”

Horschel elaborated: “I didn’t get that phone call. I was a little upset. I was a little ticked. Gave me a little bit of fire in my butt or my are, to be nice to really not show anything, but you know, just gave me a little fire, not that I needed it. So there was a little more added motivation this week for that.”

Earlier this week, U.S. Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker revealed his captain’s picks of Daniel Berger, Harris English, Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Scottie Scheffler, and Jordan Spieth. In his Wednesday morning press conference, he also mentioned that he called “a lot of guys” to let them know they hadn’t been selected.

This follows a bit of a familiar storyline for the Florida native, who went on to win the 2014 Tour Championship directly after not being picked for the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup.

Horschel’s Ryder Cup dreams still have a sliver of hope, as Stricker did mention that he has “some extra names in the envelope,” in case Brooks Koepka should not be able to compete due to a recent wrist injury, or another team member is forced to withdraw due to Covid.

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  1. Terry, this is not a game

    Sep 14, 2021 at 11:35 am

    What a baby

  2. Professor

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:21 am

    If you don’t make the team automatically and don’t get picked then you didn’t play well enough to be on the team. No doubt about it. But if the Captain called a lot of guys to let them know they didn’t make the team you’d expect that the guy who won the WGC Match Play, beating one of your picks in the final, would at least get a call. That’s not too much to ask. Horschel may be the kind of guy the US squad needs. He’s gritty and fiery and plays well when he has a chip on his shoulder. I think the same is true of Levin Na, Kevin Kisner, and Patrick Reed. But these guys aren’t in the anointed group, they’re more outsiders. Maybe it’s time to rethink these picks and try something different.

  3. Scott

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:08 am

    So you need to not get picked to play well enough to get picked?

    I wonder if this article truly presents what horschel’s feeling are. Maybe he said it jokingly? He finished well down in the standings, so I am not sure he was the 13th or 14th selection and needed a phone call. He seems to play well at the beginning and the ending if the season, so he may be a good choice for koepka

  4. Johnny Penso

    Sep 13, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    Maybe if he had the extra fire in his belly in June-August we wouldn’t have to read this article. Know what I’m sayin’ BillyHo?

  5. CrashTestDummy

    Sep 13, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    I think Horschel and Reed would have been good Captain’s Picks. But we will see how the US does. If they win, then Stricker looks good, if they lose, Stricker doesn’t look as good. Everything is dependent on a win and hindsight.

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Symetra Tour pro’s clubs stolen, South Bend community rallies around her

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Symetra Tour pro, Natalie Sheary, was the victim of a particularly unlikely misfortune when her clubs were stolen out of the back of her car during the Four Winds Invitational in South Bend, Indiana.

As first reported by GolfWeek’s Beth Ann Nichols, Sheary had left her clubs in the back of her Nissan Armada during a late dinner. The next morning, she discovered that her window had been smashed and her clubs and tour bag were gone.

Per the report, first, Sheary called her insurance company, State Farm, who told her to buy replacement clubs and save all the receipts. Callaway was unable to get her anything in time, but Edel Golf created and shipped her three wedges overnight. Sheary was forced to to cobble together the rest of her set through Dick’s Sporting Goods and extra clubs from other generous Symetra Tour pros. Sheary received a driver from UPS just eight minutes before her tee time.

While Sheary unfortunately missed the cut, it was an admirable showing from the South Bend community. Members of the South Bend Country Club brought her extra clubs to the course, a local pawn shop owner sold her replacements, and fellow Symetra players helped her duct tape the back window of her car with sheets of black plastic. She was able to park her car inside a volunteer during the tournament, and SafeLite arranged to fix her window.

Life on the Symetra Tour is not easy, and Sheary has used GoFundMe to help pay for Q-School and the all the costs of travel. On top of this, Sheary also gives lessons and caddies during the offseason. While this served as another obstacle for the 32-year old Wake Forest grad, Sheary remained optimistic. “I was able to leave with a smile on my face,” Sheary said of her tumultuous experience at the Four Winds Invitational.

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Sergio Garcia’s wife fires warning to ’embarrassing’ U.S. Ryder Cup fans

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The Ryder Cup is often a highly charged competition, but Sergio Garcia’s American wife, Angela Akins, has fired a warning at those fans who cross the line at Whistling Straits this weekend.

Speaking to CNN, Akins revealed that back in 2016, she took umbrage with a group of fans who were directing “horrible” things at her husband:

“It went too far at Hazeltine when I was following Sergio, and I ended up having a go at a group of guys who were barracking him. I said to them: ‘I’m here supporting the European team, I’m an American, and you’re embarrassing me’. The people around us joined in and said; ‘Yeah you’re embarrassing us too!”

Akins continued

“I said to the guys, ‘I want to see American fans being better than that,’ and they said okay, then later on they saw me. They’d figured out who I was, and they came over and gave me a hug and apologized.”

The American will be cheering on the European side once again this week at Whistling Straits and is hoping that the crowd leaves the insults at the door: “I understand cheering for your team but let’s leave the insults out.”

Akins’ husband, Sergio Garcia, is the record points scorer in the biennial competition (25.5 points) and will be looking to add to that total when the event gets underway this Friday.

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Steve Stricker urges fans to not ‘cross the line’ at Ryder Cup

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Rewind back to Hazeltine in 2016, the last time the Ryder Cup was on American soil, and Rory McIlroy was forced to ask if a fan could be removed for his aggressive and abusive behavior.

U.S. Captain Steve Stricker commented to the media this morning that he was hoping for a more respectful performance from the U.S. patrons. “It’s a Ryder Cup. These fans have been pent up for a long time and they’re going to come out and get behind their team. It’s going to be loud, and we expect it to be loud, but again, we ask for people not to cross that line and be respectful of both sides.”

According to Ian Poulter, a veteran European Team member and Ryder Cup villain, “The U.S. fans have been brilliant so far. They’re wishing me well. Not too well, but they’re wishing me well, which is quite nice. That hasn’t always been the case.”

So far so good, but lest we forget, it’s still only Wednesday. The 43rd edition of the Ryder Cup kicks off on Friday, September 24th at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.

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