AP — Billy Horschel blamed his Sunday struggles on a little, old lady at the 10th tee.
Yep, Horschel said the woman snapped a picture during his backswing and caused him to yank his shot left into a bunker. It led to the second of three straight bogeys, which contributed to an even-par 72 and 13th-place finish at The Players.
The lady nearly got an earful.
“I went and spoke to the lady. It was an older lady, and it was lucky she was a lady,” Horschel said. “I was very nice to her. If it was a guy, I would have probably maybe ripped him a new one and I would have taken the fine like a man.”
Horschel added that the incident got him off track.
“It sort of got me off my rhythm, took me a couple holes to get back into it,” he said. “I took the club back and I was always afraid there was going to be a camera click. I hit the shot in the water (at 11). Like I said, it was just unfortunate.”
Horschel said he kept the conversation clean – it was, after all, Mother’s Day.
“If it was a gentleman, there would have been some bleeps for sure. … I was trying to be nice to her. There were a lot of people around. I went up to her and I sort of said, “Ma’am, you know, taking pictures during the round of golf is not allowed. Also, your phone should be on vibrate and silent, so if you do take a picture, it doesn’t affect me. And you taking that picture just cost me at least one or two shots now.’
“And I said, `Thank you. Have a great day,’ and I wasn’t very happy. I held it together. I was very nice, but inside there was, you know, like, if it was a guy, I may have ripped him a new one.”