Billy Horschel Jabs Classes in ‘America’

by | Sep 11, 2021 | Golf Courses


Nick Piastowski

September 10, 2021

Billy Horschel hits the sand on the 18th hole at Wentworth Golf Club on Friday.

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Billy Horschel said at his first European Tour event two years ago that he also played a different style of golf.

Two years later, the PGA Tour veteran feels the same way.

Horschel said in an interview on Golf Channel during the second round of the BMW PGA Championship on Friday that Wentworth Golf Club is making you “rethink”. And courses at home in America?

“As I said in ’19, too often in America we are not punished for failures from the tee or perhaps on the green,” Horschel told interviewer Tim Barter when asked what he liked most about Wentworth. “And sometimes you don’t really think about where you’re trying to position the ball off the fairway or on the green.

“So it’s a real old-style golf course here, really in good shape. It’s actually a bit of a shame that we rained a little Wednesday night and yesterday because the course is getting really firmer and really fast and firm, but it’s still a nice test. “

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It was no different from what he saw and said in 2019.

Then, at a pre-tournament press conference ahead of his European Tour debut, Horschel praised Wentworth and then compared him to his US counterparts. He went on to shoot rounds of 72, 65, 71 and 65 to finish fourth.

“It’s just a wonderful golf course,” said Horschel. “I think it makes you think about the course. Too often in America we just get up on the tees and hit drivers. You don’t really have to think about where to meet her. You know, the same goes for greens – where you miss it on a green really doesn’t matter that much in many weeks.

“This is where you have to be smart about where to put the ball in the fairway, especially when you go on the greens – you can put it in some bad spots around the greens, you miss it and it makes it really hard to get up and down. Only a golf course for really thinking men. A course I like to play. These are courses that I really enjoy playing. I just got a nice feel for it, built into the trees, around the trees. It just has a nice feeling. “

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On Friday Horschel shot a 65, tied for the low round of the day and is three shots behind the leader Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who starts the weekend.

“As I said two years ago, I grew up watching this event on television,” said Horschel before this year’s tournament. “It was the first week we left school and the European Tour starts early so I got up early and absolutely loved what I saw on TV, from the course to the crowd to the history of the event .

“I’ve always wanted to come here and planned to come over earlier than 2019 but it just didn’t happen and when I got here in 2019 it was all it was and more. It was just a blast. “

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