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Horschel rule 'a little weird' for namesake

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NORTON, Mass. – It’s called the Billy Horschel rule, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the American is entirely comfortable with the distinction.

In 2014, Horschel began the Deutsche Bank Championship well outside the Ryder Cup picture for the U.S. team, but he finished second at TPC Boston, won the next week at the BMW Championship and closed out his season with another victory at the Tour Championship.

Despite his hot play, Horschel was not among the American dozen who lost the Ryder Cup in Scotland; so the PGA of America changed the selection process this time around to allow U.S. captain Davis Love III to make his final pick after the Tour Championship – the Billy Horschel rule.

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“It’s a little weird. I don’t want the recognition of them changing the rule, but they changed the process because of what I did in ’14,” he said on Thursday at TPC Boston. “It’s just a weird thing to hear them call it the Billy Horschel rule.”

Still, the distinction is a source of confidence for Horschel, who again is on the outside looking in as far as a potential Ryder Cup pick this year.

“I wanted to make the team but the only way to make the team was if I won,” he said.