Billy Horschel has been waiting 14 years for this moment, to be part of an American team. He vividly recalls being passed over for the 2014 Ryder Cup despite winning two playoff events and then watching the Americans battle to a five-point loss at Gleneagles on television.
“I felt like it could have helped,” Horschel said. “Whether my presence and my presence there could have helped us win, I don’t know.”
However, when it comes to moments like that, when Horschel has stayed home while his compatriots played, it never adds to his motivation. After experiencing a Walker Cup as an amateur as a member of the victorious 2007 US team, Horschel never needed any added incentive to qualify for a professional Cup.
“My desire burns so much that it can’t go any higher,” Horschel added. “To make these teams…there is no higher ceiling. There is no other place I can go.”
So, forgive Horschel if he’s a little upset that some people want to ruin his Team USA debut by questioning his and others’ membership in Quail Hollow.
Sure, he’s aware of previous American team members who aren’t here after their defections to the Saudi-backed LIV Golf circuit, guys like Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed, who were either suspended or lost their PGA Tour memberships and were declared ineligible for this event. But as one of six captain picks for US captain Davis Love III, Horschel, who finished 11the in points, he feels deserving of a spot on this year’s 12-man American team, no matter who isn’t playing or what anyone else thinks.
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He is not alone. Moments after winning the Fortinet Championship on Sunday, Max Homa was asked on the broadcast about his upcoming Cup debut.
“I am happy to be fit, to represent my country, to play with those guys,” said Homa. “They’re good golfers, so I just wanted to get in shape.”
Homa then couldn’t help calling her enemies.
“I know this is Twitter, but a lot of people have told me that if the LIV guys hadn’t left, I wouldn’t have made the Presidents Cup team,” he added, “so I had a bit of a chip on my shoulder. this week “.
Horschel, who won the Memorial this year among five top 10s, addressed Homa’s comments Tuesday during his media availability.
“I know there has been a lot of talk about it on both sides, at least the players who went on the LIV tour. So as Max [Homa, another pick] the Sunday after he won, there were a lot of people on social media who liked to participate. What he heard, I heard too, I only got into the team because the LIV guys dropped out of the [PGA] tour,” Horschel said. “I mean, those are just people who don’t know what ‘F’ they’re talking about. If they had seen the list of points when [Johnson and others] We left the Tour, Max and I were clearly in the top 12. So, it doesn’t bother us one bit.”
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Love was also asked about that talk, and while he admitted that Johnson, a stalwart within these USA team rooms (nine cups total) who had recently gone 5-0 in last fall’s Ryder Cup, at least he would have gotten a captain pick. if he had been allowed to participate.
“Yeah, we miss him,” Love said of Johnson. “But I think in points, we pretty much got the guys we wanted to get. I think we would have had to make a spot for him as a lower pick unless he had a big run in the FedExCup. But like Trevor said, we’re really happy with the 12 that we have because we know they’re committed and excited. Look at Max Homa. He’s been talking about it since January, ‘I want to make this team, I want to make this team.’ Billy Horschel… has been in the bubble for three or four teams. He is very excited.
“So, like Trevor, we have a group of guys who are excited and ready to play, and there’s no talk in our team room about someone missing.”