Wednesday 13 December 2017

McIlroy and Horschel bury hatchet

Rory McIlroy practices ahead of the US Open (AP)
Rory McIlroy practices ahead of the US Open (AP)

While the row between Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods drags on, Rory McIlroy and Billy Horschel certainly appeared to have settled their differences as they practised at the US Open on Wednesday.

McIlroy and Horschel fell out at the Walker Cup in 2007, with the world number two turning on the American when the pair met on the final day at Royal County Down.

McIlroy and Horschel could be seen talking amicably as they played the 16th hole alongside Woods, with the threesome completing eight holes together.

"I was up against Horschel on the first day, too," McIlroy recalled the following year of the incident in 2007. "I messed up the last hole and lost to him. I wasn't happy.

"Then I got him again, twice, on the Sunday. His antics were really p****** me off. For example, he had hit a bunker shot at the 14th in our morning foursome. It was a great shot and finished inches from the cup. But he came running down the hill hollering at the top of his voice. He was so loud and so obnoxious.

"Anyway, that outburst of his was probably the worst thing he could have done. In the second singles, I set out to be as loud as he was.

"On the first tee I ripped a drive up the middle, hit my seven-iron approach to maybe 15 feet - I was shouting 'Be good! Be good!' all the way - and holed the putt for an eagle.

"When the ball went in, I gave it the loudest 'Come on!' you've ever heard. I think he got the point."

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