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Finally in Team USA, Billy Horschel says haters ‘don’t know what they’re talking about’

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Billy Horschel has been waiting for this moment for 14 years, to be part of an American team. He vividly remembers being passed over for the 2014 Ryder Cup despite winning two playoffs and then watching on TV as the Americans struggled to a five-point loss at Gleneagles.

“I felt like I could have helped,” Horschel said. “If my presence and presence could have helped us win, I don’t know.”

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However, when it comes to moments like that, when Horschel was left at home while his compatriots played, it never added to his motivation. After enjoying a Walker Cup as an amateur as a member of the victorious 2007 USA team, Horschel never needed any extra incentive to qualify for a professional Cup.

“My desire burns so strongly that it cannot go any higher,” added Horschel. “To make these teams…there is no higher ceiling. There is nowhere to go.

So, forgive Horschel if he’s a little miffed that some people want to put the brakes on his Team USA debut by questioning where he and others belong in Quail Hollow.

Of course, he’s aware of former Team USA members who aren’t around after their defections to the Saudi-backed LIV golf tour, guys like Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed. , all of whom have been suspended or lost their PGA Tour memberships and have been deemed ineligible for this event. But as one of USA captain Davis Love III’s six picks, Horschel, who finished 11e in points, feels worthy of a spot on this year’s 12-man USA team, regardless of who isn’t playing or what others think.

Love: ‘No discussion’ in US over missing LIV players

He is not alone. Moments after winning the Fortinet Championship on Sunday, Max Homa was asked on the show about his upcoming Cup debut.

“I’m just happy to be fit, to represent my country, to play with these boys,” Homa said. “They’re good golfers, so I just wanted to be in shape.”

Homa then couldn’t help but call out his enemies.

“I know it’s 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 squad,” he said. 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 10 finishers, responded to Homa’s comments on Tuesday during his media availability.

“I know there’s been a lot of talk about it on both sides, at least the players who went on the LIV tour. Then like Max [Homa, another pick] somehow indicated on Sunday after his victory, there were a lot of people on social media who like to chime in. What he heard, I also heard, I only made the team because the LIV guys left the [PGA] Tour,” Horschel said. “I mean, it’s just people who don’t know what they’re talking about. If they had seen the list of points when [Johnson and others] left the Tour, Max and I were clearly in the top 12. So that doesn’t bother us at all.

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Love was also asked about such chatter, and while he admitted that Johnson, a stalwart in those American team halls (nine cups in total) who had recently gone 5-0 at the Ryder Cup in the fall last, would have at least gotten a captain’s pick. if he had been allowed to participate.

“Yeah, we miss him,” Love said of Johnson. “But I think on points we pretty much got the guys we wanted to have. I think we should have made room for him as a lower pick unless he had huge success in the FedExCup. But like Trevor said, we’re really happy with the 12 we have because we know they’re engaged and excited. Look at Max Homa. He had been talking about it since January, ‘I want to make this team, I want to make this team.’ Billy Horschel… he’s been in the bubble for three or four teams. He’s really excited.

“So, like Trevor, we have a group of guys who are fired up and ready to play, and there’s no question in our team room of anyone missing.”

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