Billy Horschel Disappointed With U.S. Team Captain Steve Stricker Over Ryder Cup Incident

Published 09/12/2021, 3:45 PM EDT
Golf – European Tour – BMW PGA Championship – Wentworth Golf Club, Virginia Water, Britain – September 11, 2021 Billy Horschel of the U.S. in action during the third round REUTERS/Paul Childs


34-year-old Billy Horschel is now only the second American golfer after the legendary Arnold Palmer to win the BMW PGA Championship. He won the event by a stroke with a score of -19. Billy flushed an unbelievable wedge shot on the final hole from 91 yards to finish the event with a birdie.

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Moreover, at one stage, it looked like the event was heading towards a four-way play-off. But thanks to Billy’s incredible up-and-down from 91 yards to take the lead, he avoided the play-off. Meanwhile, the 54-hole leader Francesco Laporta couldn’t get going and finished his event with a score of -16. 

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Billy Horschel comments on missing the Ryder Cup

Golf – European Tour – BMW PGA Championship – Wentworth Golf Club, Virginia Water, Britain – September 11, 2021 Billy Horschel of the U.S. in action during the third round REUTERS/Paul Childs

The 43rd Ryder Cup is just a couple of weeks away. And the Team U.S. skipper Steve Stricker has recently announced the 12-member Ryder Cup squad. But, sadly, Billy Horschel wasn’t part of the team. Moreover, it is believed that Steve Stricker personally reached out to players who missed out on a spot by a whisker. 

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But unfortunately, Steve did not include Billy Horschel on that list. And in the post-round interview after winning the 2021 BMW PGA Championship, Horschel said, “I was a little gutted I didn’t get a call this week. And I didn’t think the call was going to say I made the team, but I was a little gutted that I didn’t get a call to say, you didn’t make the team … I thought I would at least get that.” 

Billy Horschel sounded a little disappointed with Steve Stricker for not having any conversation with him. So Billy decided to travel to Europe and compete in the event and prove his worth to Stricker. 

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Meanwhile, there is still an outside chance for Billy Horschel to make it to the Ryder Cup. Brooks Koepka, who withdrew from the Tour Championship due to a wrist injury, could miss out on the Ryder Cup if he doesn’t recover in time. And if Koepka sits out, his spot could go to Billy Horschel, given his incredible performance this week at the Wentworth Golf Club. 

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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