Tom Watson Stands By Choice to Leave Billy Horschel Off Ryder Cup Team

Tom Watson Stands By Choice to Leave Billy Horschel Off Ryder Cup Team

Billy Horschel won the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship, and finished T2 at the Deutsche Bank Championship, to win the FedEx Cup in 2014. He was not one of Tom Watson's Ryder Cup captain's picks.

Fans are rallying behind Billy Horschel, incensed that he was left off the U.S. Ryder Cup Team, especially given his hot streak culminating in a multi-million dollar week at the FedEx Cup.

But U.S. Team captain Tom Watson is sticking by his decision.

In a Ryder Cup teleconference on Wednesday, Watson said Billy Horschel was on his radar as a potential captain’s pick. Watson said that although he liked Horschel’s swing, attitude and fundamentals, he moved too late in the season to be a serious contender. Watson announced his picks Sept. 2, just after Horschel placed second at the Deutsche Bank Championship. He then won the BMW Championship and Tour Championship.

There’s been mounting discussion about moving the selection of captain’s picks after the FedEx Cup to allow late bloomers like Horschel and Chris Kirk a chance to be considered, but Watson isn’t having it.

“Logistically, there are so many different things that go into it,” Watson said during the teleconference. “It would be awfully tough to make the decision the week before the Ryder Cup.”

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Luckily, Horschel has been since preoccupied with his new full-time job – being a dad. The mood was lighthearted as Watson and Horschel texted back and forth last week.

“Billy, you’re a day late, but not a dollar short,” one of Watson’s texts said.

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