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After Ryder Cup snub, a big win for Horschel


Billy Horschel felt aggrieved this week at the manner in which he missed out on a place on the U.S. team for the Ryder Cup.

So he took down a bunch of leading Europeans by himself.

Horschel birdied Wentworth’s storied 18th hole after an approach shot that spun back to inside two feet, securing a closing 7-under-par 65 and a one-shot victory at the BMW PGA Championsh­ip in Virginia Water, England, on Sunday.

He became only the second American to win what is traditiona­lly regarded as the biggest event on the European Tour, after Arnold Palmer in 1975.

Not a bad way to get over the disappoint­ment of being overlooked for a captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup team. And Horschel had a message for U.S. captain Steve Stricker.

“It sucks not making the team,” Horschel said. “I didn’t play consistent enough and well enough after I won the Match Play to warrant a pick or to get enough points to get an automatic selection. . . . There was a little more added motivation after that.”

On a dramatic day of twists and turns in the final qualifying event, Lee Westwood, Bernd Wiesberger, Matt Fitzpatric­k and Tyrrell Hatton were able to celebrate getting the final automatic qualifying places on the European team.

Shane Lowry shot 71 to be tied for 17th place and miss out on an automatic spot but was named as one of Padraig Harrington’s captain’s picks later Sunday along with Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter. ...

David Toms beat Dicky Pride with a par on the first hole of a playoff in the PGA Tour Champions’ inaugural Ascension Charity Classic in St. Louis.

Toms hit his approach in the playoff on the par-4 18th to the middle of the green and twoputted from 18 feet. Pride’s approach went to the right into a greenside bunker, and he couldn’t get a 16-footer for par to fall.

The 54-year-old Toms scrambled for par on the 18th in regulation after driving left into a fairway bunker. He shot a 5under 66 to finish at 10-under 203 on Norwood Hills’ West Course, the tree-lined layout where Ben Hogan won the 1948 PGA Championsh­ip for his second major title.

Pride finished with a 67, forcing the playoff with an 18foot birdie putt on No. 18.

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