Ryder Cup Regrets? Billy Horschel and Paul Casey Win Over The Weekend


Over the weekend, Ryder Cup captains Tom Watson and Paul McGinley may have found themselves wanting to have a redo over their captain’s picks as Billy Horschel and Paul Casey won over the weekend.

Billy Horschel and Paul Casey both were potential captain’s picks, but were passed over. Horschel never really was considered until a second place finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship. While Casey never had that burst out performance. He’s been just solid all year long.

As I mentioned in my article, where I compared golfers to NFL teams, Billy Horschel is the hottest golfer in the world right now and he ended up doing what the New York Giants did in their two recent Super Bowl wins. He got hot at the right time.

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As mentioned above, Horschel nearly won the Deutsche Bank Championship finishing T-2, and followed that up by winning the BMW Championship and Tour Championship. By doing that, Horschel’s wallet got 10 million dollars fatter and Horschel ended up becoming the 2013-2014 FedEx Cup Championship.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Paul Casey has been on a bit of a roll himself. A month ago, Casey finished T-18 at the Wyndham Championship and T-22 at The Barclays before passing on the Deutsche Bank Championship and by doing that he was eliminated from the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Again, good performances, but nothing outstanding that really makes everyone take notice. However, that changed this past weekend as Casey won at the KLM Open after shooting a final round 66.

Now, obviously, nobody had any idea that Horschel would win two straight times, Casey would win the KLM Open, and on and on, but my question is: If the Captain’s Picks were now instead of two weeks ago, would/should Billy Horschel be on the team? What about Chris Kirk? Paul Casey?

Starting off, I thought Watson’s picks were fine. You really couldn’t go wrong, but as I mentioned in my article previewing the potential Ryder Cup picks, I would have went with Bill Haas instead of Hunter Mahan. Again, though, not a big deal. There were a handful of golfers you could choose from and they would have been fine picks.

However, with what we know now, for me, I still wouldn’t change the captain’s picks. Kirk and Horschel are playing some great golf, but I think the experience that Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson and Hunter Mahan bring are invaluable. Not only that, but Bradley and Simpson have played well with their respective partners Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson. That goes a long way as well.

On Europe’s team, much like the U.S. Ryder Cup team, I didn’t have a problem with the picks, but there was a little bit of controversy with the Lee Westwood selection over Luke Donald. Personally, though, I didn’t have a problem with it. I think Westwood showed some nice form towards the end of the year and he plays well with everybody. Even with how great Casey has been playing of late, I wouldn’t replace Westwood for Casey.

All in all, even if the captain’s picks were today, I wouldn’t change a thing. Horschel, Kirk, and Casey are playing some fantastic golf and you can most definitely argue their case for being on the team, but I just couldn’t see knocking off any of the captain’s picks.

That’s my opinion, though, and maybe you have a different take on it. If you do, leave your comments below. I want to know what you guys and gals have to say and what you think.