After Further Review: Horschel should be on U.S. team


Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on why Billy Horschel should be playing in Gleneagles, the playoff schedule and the right time to make the captain's picks for the Ryder Cup.

So, who wants to really take one for the team? Webb and Hunter – we’re looking at you. Do the right thing, the only thing, and relinquish your spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team ... you know, for the good of your country.

The Americans have only one shot at Gleneagles, and that’s if Billy Horschel – the fiery dude who just went 2-1-1 in the last three weeks – dons the red, white and blue in two weeks’ time.

Simpson and Mahan are the easiest targets, after combining to shoot 16 over at East Lake, but poor performances by fellow Americans Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson and Jordan Spieth can’t make Tom Watson feel any better for leaving Horschel (and Chris Kirk) off the U.S. squad.

So, boys, do the right thing, the only thing – bow out and make way for Billy. – Ryan Lavner

By most accounts, the FedEx Cup was a rousing success.

The winner was a likeable, up-and-coming star in Billy Horschel. The result avoided the doomed awkwardness of a playoff champion who didn’t also claim the final tournament. The other contenders included superstars like Rory McIlroy and hard-luck challengers like Jim Furyk.

And yet, during the still heightened anticipation of football season, it hardly caused a ripple on the sporting landscape.

Memo to PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem: Push it back. It won’t be easy, but tell a few tournaments they’ll be relegated to the autumn. Inform the players they’ll have a tougher stretch run, but more time off. Move some things around.

The final round of the season should be played on the West Coast (with a primetime finish on the East Coast) and conclude on Labor Day. That holiday signifies the end of the summer, and it should likewise signify the end of golf for a while.

It needs to go away and make us miss it before it comes back. Don’t believe it? Consider this: The next season begins in just 25 days. – Jason Sobel

If the PGA of America wants to turn the tide for the U.S. Ryder Cup team it’s time to create a system that better identifies America’s best players at that moment.

When captain Tom Watson made his picks on Sept. 2 in New York City, he selected the players he was most confident in at that moment, but considering how the next two weeks played out there is a good chance that dance card would look dramatically different had he waited until after the Tour Championship.

Maybe Billy Horschel didn’t deserve a pick, as he said following his victory at East Lake, but he would certainly deserve a better look after running the post-season table. – Rex Hoggard

Rory McIlroy has probably had his fill of Billy Horschel and Chris Kirk this FedEx Cup playoff season. It's too bad the European Ryder Cup team won't get to know these two Americans the way he has.

I don't blame U.S. Capt. Tom Watson for skipping over them and taking Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson a couple weeks ago.

I would have gone for that trio, too, way back then. The FedEx Cup playoffs are a great way to measure who's hot under pressure. It's a shame the captain has to make his picks before the playoffs are complete.

Horschel and Kirk are consistently delivering under pressure now. It's no snapshot, either. It's a nice scrapbook of success. – Randall Mell