PER­SONAL TRI­UMPH FOR HORSCHELS

Brit­tany re­veals an­guish be­hind Billy’s vic­tory tears

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LOS AN­GE­LES

BILLY Horschel paid trib­ute to his wife on Mon­day as she re­vealed the per­sonal an­guish that lay be­hind the golfer’s emo­tional re­ac­tion af­ter his vic­tory in the AT&T By­ron Nel­son USPGA event at the week­end.

Horschel broke down in tears im­me­di­ately af­ter his play­off vic­tory over World No 4 Ja­son Day on Sun­day, cap­tur­ing his first win since 2014 af­ter miss­ing four con­sec­u­tive cuts lead­ing into the tour­na­ment.

He later de­clined to com­ment di­rectly when asked about his tear­ful re­ac­tion to vic­tory.

“I’m not able to talk about it right now. It’s just lot of stuff hap­pens in the last year and this is just — this is nice,” he said.

But on Mon­day, Horschel’s wife Brit­tany took to Twit­ter to re­veal she had been bat­tling al­co­holism.

Her treat­ment in­cluded a three-month stay at a re­hab cen­tre in South Florida which left her hus­band jug­gling his ca­reer on the tour while car­ing for the cou­ple’s in­fant daugh­ter.

“I write this nervously, skep­ti­cally, but also proudly be­cause I have em­braced the woman I have be­come over the past year,” Brit­tany wrote in the post.

“One year ago, I be­gan a jour­ney to a healthy me; men­tally and phys­i­cally.

“I will keep this sim­ple, ‘I am an al­co­holic.’ I say that now with­out shame. Ad­mit­ting that to my­self, fam­ily and friends has saved my life and my mar­riage.”

“This week­end marked one year sober for me, but also marked a very hard fought year for Billy,” she added.

“He de­serves to soak in the glory of his win yes­ter­day, throw his feet up and just let out a long deep breath.”

Horschel, 30, praised his wife’s state­ment in his own post on Twit­ter.

“Proud of the jour­ney that my wife is on!” he wrote.

“She is an amaz­ing mother and un­be­liev­able wife!”

Horschel’s fourth PGA vic­tory moves him up to 44th in the world rank­ings and also hands him a US Open berth af­ter fail­ing to qual­ify for last month’s Masters and the 2016 US Open. AFP

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Billy Horschel poses with the tro­phy af­ter win­ning the By­ron Nel­son on Sun­day.

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