Angry Horschel loses cool, tosses club at Masters
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Mark SchlabachESPN Senior Writer
- Senior college football writer
- Author of seven books on college football
- Graduate of the University of Georgia
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Billy Horschel let his temper get the best of him at Augusta National Golf Club again.
On the 11th hole in the third round of the Masters on Saturday, Horschel pulled his second shot into a pond left of the green. Horschel was compelled to violently throw his club into the ground after making the mistake.
Horschel was forced to take a drop and made a bogey 5, which dropped him to 5 over in the tournament.
Horschel bounced back with a birdie on the par-3 12th. Then he hit another ball into a tributary of Rae’s Creek on the par-5 13th hole, resulting in another bogey. He didn’t even throw his club that day.
Horschel shot 7-over 79 after finishing with bogeys on 15, 16 and 17 and a double-bogey on 18. He is 10 over after 36 holes.
Last year, Horschel apologized to Augusta National, its members and patrons for a couple of outbursts in the final round of the 2021 Masters. In anger, he was repeatedly seen ripping a wedge into his bag on TV cameras.
“I am and have always been a fiery competitor,” Horschel wrote in a post on his Twitter account after tying for 50th last year. “Unfortunately, my fire sometimes gets too hot when I’m not getting the best out of my game. In some cases, my conduct may not be what I want to portray, especially as a role model for the younger generation.
“I apologize to Augusta National, the Members of the Club and to the patrons for any conduct that may have crossed the line. I am constantly striving to improve as a golfer and husband, father, and human being. We are grateful to [to] Masters for a memorable week! “
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