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Billy Horschel will give a debut to his West Ham golf bag at the 149th Open this week
Billy Horschel will give a debut to his West Ham golf bag at the 149th Open this week

World No25 Billy Horschel is adding some extra colour to The Open at Royal St George’s this week — by showing off a new football-themed golf bag.

Horschel, 34, has been a West Ham fan since his college years and sees this weekend as the perfect opportunity to show his love for the Hammers, with a claret and blue bag sporting the London’s club’s crest. 

Explaining his choice on Instgram, Horschel said: "I haven’t had a bag sponsor for over a year and half, so I’ve been able to do some unique bags.

"That’s why I’ve been able to rock my Florida Gator colours and support them, as I always will. 

“But I’ve also been a West Ham United fan, as some of you guys know.  

"I saw Green Street Hooligans — starring Charlie Hunman and Elijah Wood — and just absolutely fell in love with West Ham United and supported them since then."

Looking ahead to this weekend’s 149th Open Championship, Horschel said: "We’re not far from London so why not do a West Han United bag? Claret and blue, with a West Ham United crest on it. 

"So that is the bag I will be rocking this week. Hopefully it will bring me some luck and some support from my fellow Hammers."

Horschel received a text out of the blue from West Ham captain Mark Noble after winning the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in March.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Horschel said: "I've never met Mark but he got my number from Francesco Molinari [another golfing West Ham fan] and sent me a text.

"That was one of the coolest things and we were texting back and forth."

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