Billy Horschel would have skipped WGC-Mexico Championship

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2014 FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel went on record after the final round of the Honda Classic saying that he would not have played in this week’s World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship that will be played just outside of Mexico City.

“I think the WGC events are great events. I just wasn’t sure if I wanted to go to Mexico City,” Horschel said on GolfChannel.com. “I know that they’ve said it’s a secure spot, and we’re fine, and where we are is good. I just didn’t want to go. A lot of guys don’t want to go to China; I didn’t want to go to Mexico.”

Horschel needed a second place finish at the Honda Classic to crack the top 50 in the FedEx Cup and qualify for the WGC event. He was tied for third, but a bogey on the final hole ensured that he would not be in the tournament in Mexico.

“I’ve been to Mexico before, and I love Cancun,”Horschel continued. “It’s the first year of the event, and I just want to see how it went. That’s what it really came down to. I want to see how everything was run, I want to see the feedback from the players, and then I’d go from there.”

Horschel has three career victories on the PGA Tour (2013 Zurich Classic in New Orleans, 2014 BMW Championship and 2014 TOUR Championship) and has played the OHL Classic at Mayokoba — the only other PGA Tour event in Mexico — on three occasions.

World No. 2 Jason Day had announced earlier on Sunday that he would not be playing in the WGC-Mexico Championship due to illness.

This is the first year that the WGC event will take place at the Club de Golf Chapultepec in Naucalpan, Mexico, which is located just west of Mexico City. It was previously contested at Trump National Doral in Miami.

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