Billy Horschel Apologizes for 'Unacceptable' U.S. Open Behavior
Reigning FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel, one of the most vocal critics of the USGA's U.S. Open setup at Chambers Bay, apologized for his actions on the 6th green during Sunday's final round.
After missing a par putt and tapping in for bogey, Horschel vented his frustrations with the uneven greens by taking a two-handed swing at the ground, though he says he stopped short of actually slamming his putter into the turf.
Horschel took to Twitter on Monday morning, calling his actions "unacceptable."
I am sorry for my actions on the 6th green yesterday. I did not hit the green with my putter. But still it's not acceptable behavior to....— Billy Horschel (@BillyHo_Golf) June 22, 2015
Do that. It's not the behavior I wish to show to millions of viewers and fans. And it's not the role model I wish to be......— Billy Horschel (@BillyHo_Golf) June 22, 2015
to so many young golfers in the world today! It was unacceptable and I promise to do better! Once again I apologize.— Billy Horschel (@BillyHo_Golf) June 22, 2015
Horschel's faux putter-slam wasn't the only time he broadcasted his dissatisfaction with the course Sunday. After missing a birdie putt on the ninth hole, Horschel earned some laughs from the gallery when he mocked the Chambers Bay greens, wiggling his arm as if following a wobbly putt.
Not even a final-round 67 could cheer Horschel up. He took the podium to address the media following his round and took aim at the USGA.
“It’s just a very disappointing week to be here,” he said. “I think a lot of players, and I'm one of them, have lost some respect for the USGA and this championship this year for the greens.”