Before we begin we should probably start with a disclaimer: Rory McIlroy does not hate Billy Horschel.
The four-time major champion used to. And he couldn't stand playing against him as a junior golfer.
It appears the American got McIlroy's wrong side in exchanges on the golf course during their Walker Cup days.
Asked who he would like to punch more out of his match play enemies Horschel and Patrick Reed, McIlroy stated:
McIlroy spoke of the 2007 Walker Cup when Great Britain and Ireland squared off against the United States at Royal County Down.
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The U.S. side pipped GB&I by one point and McIlroy played against Horschel in three out of his four matches.
On a previous episode of the podcast Horschel explained there was one moment where he knew unequivocally he ticked off McIlroy.
Walking after a long putt, he was screaming at the top of his lungs, 'Go in! Go in!'
"And it lips out," Horschel said. "I guess McIlroy was p***** about that," he added.
Reminiscing about their exchanges as teenagers, McIlroy explained:
McIlroy is right to say that he has forged a good relationship with Horschel judging by this exchange.
The two were filmed talking shop about golf swings on the fairways of The K Club before the Irish Open:
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