Billy Horschel reacts to controversial Rory McIlroy comments

American PGA Tour pro Billy Horschel has reacted to the comments made about him by four-time major champion Rory McIlroy. 

Billy Horschel reacts to controversial Rory McIlroy comments
Billy Horschel reacts to controversial Rory McIlroy comments

Billy Horschel wasn't upset when he heard Rory McIlroy 'despised him' in their junior golf days. 

Rather amusingly, the American tour pro agreed. 

If you haven't heard, McIlroy hit the headlines earlier in the week with his appearance on Golf's Subpar podcast

McIlroy spoke about his career, the PGA Tour-PIF saga, LIV Golf and more. 

One segment focused on who McIlroy hated playing against in the earlier part of his career. 

Would it be the aforementioned Horschel, whom McIlroy came toe-to-toe with at the 2007 Walker Cup?

Or golf villain Patrick Reed, whom he battled at the 2016 Ryder Cup in a match for the ages?

McIlroy's answer? Horschel. "And that's saying something," McIlroy joked. 

"Oh, I absolutely despised him. We've actually become really close since, which is great. Billy in that '07 — we were all probably obnoxious at the time, but because I was at home as well and he was like pretty rude to the crowd at times too and they are my people. It was like, 'I'm going to beat his ass.' But we actually have forged a really good friendship since. Billy's a good dude. I like him a lot." - Rory McIlroy

Horschel, who is also in the field at the BMW PGA Championship, knew this was all going to come out into the open. 

The two golfers played a practice round together before the Irish Open at The K Club a few weeks ago. 

They talked shop about golf swings:

Horschel caught up with McIlroy during the second round at Wentworth. 

When we saw caught up, we mean that literally. The two players were in a log-jam because of the nightmarish pace of play McIlroy later described as 'a complete s--- show'. 

Both McIlroy and Horschel were filmed enjoying a right laugh. It doesn't take a genius to work out what they were discussing. 

Horschel's response?

He agreed entirely with McIlroy's assessment:

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