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Posted September 12, 2021 in "Watts" In The Bag by Tom Brassell
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Billy Horschel felt aggrieved this week at the manner in which he missed out on a place in the U.S. team for the Ryder Cup.
So he took down a bunch of leading Europeans by himself.
Horschel birdied Wentworth’s storied 18th hole after an approach shot that spun back to inside 2 feet, securing a closing 7-under 65 and a one-shot victory at the BMW PGA Championship on Sunday.
He became only the second American to win what is traditionally regarded as the biggest event on the European Tour, after Arnold Palmer in 1975.
Not a bad way to get over the disappointment of being overlooked for a captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup team. And Horschel had a message for U.S. captain Steve Stricker.
“It sucks not making the team,” Horschel said. “I didn’t play consistent enough, and well enough, after I won the Match Play to warrant a pick or to get enough points to get an automatic selection.
“I was a little gutted I didn’t get a call this week. I didn’t think the call was going to say I made the team but I was a little gutted I didn’t get a call to say, ‘Hey, you know, you didn’t make the team.’ In my mind, I thought I would at least get that, so there was a little more added motivation after that.”
A number of European players who couldn’t live with Horschel at Wentworth will be heading to Whistling Straits, however.
On a dramatic day of twists and turns in the final qualifying event, Lee Westwood, Bernd Wiesberger, Matt Fitzpatrick and Tyrrell Hatton were able to celebrate getting the final automatic qualifying places in the European team. Westwood made it for an 11th time, Wiesberger for the first.
Shane Lowry shot 71 to be tied for 17th place and miss out on an automatic spot but was named as one of Padraig Harrington’s captain’s picks later Sunday along with Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter. Justin Rose was overlooked despite shooting 65 on Sunday to stake his claim to Harrington.
Horschel’s birdie on No. 18 took him above Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) and Jamie Donaldson (66) to 19-under 269, and left only one player with a chance of beating him.
Check out “Watts” in Billy Horschel’s bag below.
Driver: Titleist TSi3 (9 degrees) – Shaft: Project X EvenFlow Riptide 65 6.5 TX
3-wood: Titleist TSi2 (15 degrees) – Shaft: Project X HZURDUS Smoke 70 6.5
5-wood: Titleist TSi2 (18 degrees) – Shaft: Project X HZURDUS Smoke 80 6.5
Irons: Titleist 620 CB (3), Titleist 620 MB (5-PW) – Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (52-12F, 56-10S, 60-08V @62) – Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400
Putter: Ping Sigma 2 Tyne 4
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord