Billy Horschel said that after more than a dozen years as a professional, he will not change his stripes in terms of the passion he brings to the game and the pressure he puts on to win.
What the Ponte Vedra Beach resident, former University of Florida All-American and seven-time PGA Tour winner, said will change is if he worries about public perception when his emotions boil over .
“This is going to sound brutal; it’s going to sound bad, but if you don’t like it, honestly, I don’t care,” Horschel said Tuesday during a press conference with his partner. Sam Burns at TPC Louisiana, the site of this week’s Zurich Classic – the only two-player team event on the PGA Tour. “I’ve cared enough about myself in the last 13 years of my career to try to please everyone who looks at me, and you know what, there’s nothing more I can do. I’ve done everything I If you don’t love me for some reason, I don’t care.
Horschel began seething with his emotions on the golf course when asked if he tried to tone down his theatrics on the course when he had a partner.
Burns quickly jumped to Horschel’s defense and said emphatically, “I hope he doesn’t.”
And that apparently didn’t hurt the partnership that Horschel struck for the Zurich Classic. He won with Scott Piercy in 2018 and he and Burns tied for fourth last year.
Horschel did not apologize.
“My competitive fire burns as it burns,” he said. “I envy Scottie Scheffler and some of these guys who hit bad shots, they don’t play well, you can’t tell. They just enjoy the game of golf and they have fun and laugh. I can be like that for a little while, but it gets way too hot inside me, and I can’t stand not being able to play at the level I expect of me on a daily basis.
When Horschel gets mad at himself, he admits “it’s overflowing”.
“I’ve apologized several times for this and I will also apologize in the future, but that’s me,” he said. “I just hope people understand that not everyone is cut from the same cloth. My fire is going to be like that for the rest of my life. I think I’ve done a better job of managing it and trying to do it in an appropriate way, especially in a way that doesn’t affect anyone I’m playing with. Like I said, it’s me, and that’s how it’s always going to be.
To which Burns said, “If he gets too hot this week, I’m just going to give him a hug and calm him down a bit.”
Begay back in action
Notah Begay III was a teammate with Tiger Woods at Stanford and won the PGA Tour four times. When back injuries cut short his fledgling career, he found a niche as an analyst on the Golf Channel.
But that experience as a broadcaster brought him back to the golf course. Begay took part in the Advocates Professional Golf Association Tour in Arizona last week and said working on the broadcast team for an APGA event the day after the Farmers Insurance Open in Torrey Pines in January inspired him to want to join the APGA players.
“I was impressed with the caliber of the game there,” he told The Associated Press. “I wanted to know more about the tour, the players and their future goals. There is no better way than to be part of it.”
Begay last played in 2012 at the Tour event in Reno.
Back injuries cut short his career. The last event of Begay’s tour was in August 2012 at the Reno-Tahoe Open. He wasn’t sure what to expect on the Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale, but he had rounds of 72-74—146 to tie for 20th place. Michael Herrera (70-68—138) by the tournament.
The APGA Tour began in 2010, created to prepare black and other minority golfers to compete and build careers on the tour or in the golf industry. It has gained momentum in recent years with sponsor exemptions at PGA Tour and Korn Ferry Tour events, and with a schedule that is beginning to include TPC courses for its 36-hole events.
The Tour comes to the First Coast for the second time this season on May 5-6 with the Billy Horschel invitation during TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium.
Around the world
International Presidents Cup Captain Trevor Immelman leads a management team that represents every continent in the world that will face the United States September 22-25 at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina
Immelman, of South Africa, selected KJ Choi from South Korea, Geoff Ogilvy from Australia, Mike Weir in Canada and Camilo Villegas of Colombia to help him against the American captain Davis Love III
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Choi, Ogilvy and Weir are assistants for the third time. The newcomer is Villegas, whose only appearance in the Presidents Cup was in 2009 at Harding Park.
“Although it has been more than 10 years since I took part in the event, I still have fond memories which are unforgettable, so joining the other side as an assistant captain will be a highlight of my life. my career,” said Villegas, a former Florida Gator.
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The Champions Tour fills a void
The PGA Tour champions will enter California’s Coachella Valley to replace the void left by the LPGA’s first major tournament of the season, the Chevron Championship, which will move to Houston after 51 years in Mission Hills.
The Galleri Classic, named after a test for the early detection of several cancers, will be played at Dinah Shore Tournament course at Rancho Mirage March 24-26. It will be the first PGA Tour Champions event in the California desert since 1993, when raymond floyd won the Gulfstream Aerospace Invitational in Indian Wells.
The PGA Tour has been in the Palm Springs area since 1960 in what started out as the Bob Hope Classic and is now the American Express.
Former American Express winner, Jacksonville native David Duval, said “that makes a lot of sense”.
“It’s right on schedule and fills a big gap,” he told the Palm Springs Desert Sun.
Last week’s RBC Legacy winner, Jordan Spieth, extended his apparel deal with Under Armor until 2029. By then, he will have been with the company for the first 17 years of his career.
Golfweek.com and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Event: Zurich Classic, Thursday to Sunday, TPC Louisiana.
Up for grabs: $8.3 million in purse ($1,199,350 and 400 FedEx Cup points for each member of the winning team).
Defending Champions: Cameron Smith-Marc Leishman.
TV: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 3.30-6.30pm; Saturday-Sunday, 1-3pm); CBS (Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).
Zone players registered: Sam Ryder-Doc Redman, JT Poston-Patton Kizzire, Smith (with Leishman), Billy Horschel (with Sam Burns), Greyson Sigg (with Sepp Straka), Russell Knox (with Brian Stuard), Jonathan Byrd (with Chesson Hadley), Trey Mullinax (with Wesley Bryan), Jared Wolfe (with Seth Reeves).
Notable: Smith made a 5-foot putt on the second playoff hole to beat Louis Oosthuizan and Charl Schwartzel. Smith won in 2017 with Jonas Blitx. … In addition to the defending champions, the top teams are Masters champion and world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler and Ryan Palmer; Collin Morikawa and Viktor Hovland; Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele and Bubba Watson and Harold Varner III. … The format is best-ball in the first and third rounds, and alternate shot in the second and last rounds. …Winners each receive credit for a PGA Tour win with official cash and FedEx Cup points, but no World Ranking points are awarded.
Event: Dio Implant LA Open, Thursday-Sunday, Wilshire Country Club.
At stake: $1.5 million purse ($225,000 to the winner).
Defending champion: Brooke Henderson.
TV: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 6.30-9.30pm; Saturday-Sunday, 7-9.30pm).
Area players involved: Marina Alex, Chella Choi.
Notable: Seven of the top 10 players in the world are entered in the first two tournaments in Los Angeles. … Henderson came four strokes behind Jessica Korda on the final day and won by one stroke with a 67.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Event: Clubcorp Classic, Friday-Sunday, Las Colinas Country Club, Irving, TX.
At stake: $2 million purse ($300,000 to the winner).
Defending Champion: First-year event.
TV: Golf Channel (Friday, 12 p.m.-3 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 3 p.m.-7 p.m.).
Area players involved: David Duval, Fred Funk, Vijay Singh.
Notable: The tournament will feature 50 celebrities playing with the pros, including Emmitt Smith, Marcus Allen, John Smoltz, Tony Romo, Ivan Rodriguez, Greg Maddux and LPGA Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam. … Also in the field are John Daly, Ernie Els and Colin Montgomerie.