PGA Tour pro Billy Horschel has explained how his fishing competition with Cameron Smith came about after the Aussie won the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews.
Horschel, 35, and Smith, 28, are both avid anglers and decided to take advantage of their free time after a grueling big season to take part in a fishing competition.
In the end, it was actually Horschel who asked Smith if he could go on the water as he realized there was extra room on the boat.
Unfortunately for both of them, their efforts weren’t good enough to win the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament.
Although at one point the pair did indeed hold the lead after Horschel came down from a 29-pounder.
You may remember other interesting stories about Smith and fishing. Once he was caught fishing in the act at Harbor Town Golf Links and was asked to leave.
Fishing is prohibited on the site where the PGA Tour hosts the RBC Heritage.
Anyway, Horschel spoke to the media this week ahead of the Wyndham Championship and explained how it all went down.
He said, “Yeah. So Cam fishes a lot more than me. The way we play golf is completely different. I’m not going to say he doesn’t practice hard, but the time he spends is completely different from the time I spend.
“And then he doesn’t have three kids he has to worry about spending time with and having fun and going to their activities and school, so my time is already a bit more taken up. .
“But we were at The Open Championship and his caddie, Sam Pinfold, Pinner, was on the course and I was like, ‘What are you boys doing in the next few weeks?’
“They’re like, ‘We’re doing a fishing tournament on Friday, we’re doing the kingfish tournament on Friday after the Open’.
“And I knew his boat had room for more, so I saw Cam the next day. I said, Cam, I have a question and you’re welcome to say no, I said, then “I get on the boat and go in the kingfish tournament with you?” He said, of course.
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He continued: “Like I said, he’s one of my good friends. We see each other a lot, we fly together a lot, we spend a lot of time together when we’re at home, we’ve been to to fish.
“So that’s how it all went. We just went out to have a nice day. And listen, I have an 18-year-old fishing disability. I don’t know everything.
“I’ve fished all my life with my uncle and some of my family but I’m not as knowledgeable and don’t understand some things like maybe Cam and a few other guys on the boat but I could hold the mine.
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“So we did a really good job of having fun and we were lucky enough to catch a couple of really nice trevallies which allowed us to finish I think fifth or sixth overall, so it was a nice day.
“I think Cam just wanted to have a good time, especially after winning the Open Championship, and then we were just at his house and a lot of friends came over to celebrate his victory for the first time over the weekend.
“Cam, I love the kid to death, he’s an amazing person and he has a big heart and I love the guy and I was so thrilled to see him win the tournament.
“As I said, this Friday was a day for him to get away from things and enjoy the water with friends and catch a fish or two and that we did.”