Fresh off a top-20 finish at the Masters, Billy Horschel dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Monday to discuss numerous storylines from Augusta National, including Jordan Spieth’s late collapse. Spieth, the defending Masters champion, squandered a late lead, this after hitting a disastrous quadruple bogey on No. 12 to open the door for eventual champion Danny Willett.
“Jordan, it was unfortunate,” Horschel said on Tiki and Tierney. “When I finished, he was just teeing off or right on No. 10, and he was seven-under-par. He had a five- or six-shot lead, and my caddy and I were like, ‘Man, Jordan’s done it again. He’s playing great.’ And then I go over to my manager’s house to get something before I leave, and I walk in and (they said) he made quad on No. 12. It was crazy. I was like, ‘Wow, the Masters just got real.’ It brought a lot of people back in. We felt bad for Jordan, but at the same time, you want to see him fight back – and he did fight back and he had a chance. But Danny Willett played really well on Sunday. A lot of other guys had a chance to win, but Danny Willett’s a good player. A lot of people don’t know about him.”
While Horschel didn’t suffer the same collapse as Spieth, he did have some bad luck at Augusta National, as a strong gust of wind blew his ball off the green and into a water hazard on Saturday.
“I didn’t know it was going to happen,” Horschel said. “It was on a flat spot, so I thought it was all good. The wind was blowing, but it wasn’t anything crazy. Right as I was about to hit my putt for birdie, the biggest gust all day comes and I was like, ‘This may not be good.’ I was trying to get my coin out in time to make it and it just started rolling. I was hoping it was going to stop, and three feet later, it caught the false front and went in the water. I knew what and just happened. I knew I was just penalized. It was an unfortunate situation.”
Indeed, the elements cost Horschel a stroke. He responded by “expressing (his) frustrations” to the rules officials.
“It wasn’t their fault, but I just wanted to get some of my frustration out and I apologized to them,” Horschel said. “I said, ‘Listen, it’s not your guys’ fault. It’s just bad luck altogether.’ The rules are the rules. Obviously we have some weird ones in golf.”