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Watson Satisfied With Wildcard Timeline
By Torleif Sorenson on 9/18/14

We know what some of you are thinking: Why couldn't Billy Horschel have played better sooner? Thankfully, one reporter was thinking the same thing during U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson's final conference call with the media on Wednesday.

As most of you know, Watson made his three Ryder Cup wildcard selections known on Tuesday, September 2nd in a made-for-TV presser televised on Golf Channel. That evening, Watson announced that Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan, and Webb Simpson would be the 10th, 11th, and 12th members of Team U.S.

It was only after the announcement that Horschel got hot, finishing T-2 at the Deutsche Bank Championship at Boston, won the BMW Championship in Colorado the very next weekend, then captured the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup this past Sunday at East Lake in Atlanta.

Interestingly, it may have been because he was ranked 69th in the FedEx Cup standings going into Boston that he said he still did not feel as if he deserved to be on the Ryder Cup team.

Watson also needled him a little in a text message after winning the Tour Championship. "Billy, you're a day late but not a dollar short," Watson joked in the text. (Horschel earned $1.4 million for his victory on Sunday, as well as the $10 million prize for winning the FedEx Cup.)

In his conference call on Wednesday, Watson explained his thoughts about Horschel and the wildcard selection timeline:
"[Horschel] was on my radar early in the year. I like his swing, like his fundamentals but he just didn't perform well enough to get on the team.

"Three weeks
[beforehand] is a logical place to make your captain's picks. Logistically, it would be awfully tough to make a decision the week before."
Realistically, Horschel might have been terribly distracted even if he did go to Scotland; daughter Skylar Lillian Horschel was born at 8:48 p.m. ET on Tuesday:

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Photograph by Torleif Sorenson

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falcon50driver says:
Flash in the pan, as the saying goes. You'll see Rory fade pretty quick also.
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