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Billy Horschel wins the Memorial without too much suspense but with an unforgettable moment | Golf News and Tour Information

By on June 6, 2022 0

DUBLIN, Ohio — The third round of a 72-hole tournament, otherwise known as Moving Day, usually has a significant impact on the outcome. Usually. But in the case of the 47th Memorial Tournament, the third round was about it for Billy Horschel, who won on Sunday but, in effect, wrapped up Jack Nicklaus’ prized event on Saturday.

Horschel cooked up a parity 72 in the final round at Muirfield Village Golf Club and was barely in a hurry to win the Memorial by four strokes over Aaron Wise. But the restless, self-confessed Florida native prone to impatience, admitting to being too perfectionist for his own good, knew he didn’t need heroism to claim his seventh PGA Tour title after his knockout from the field. previous. day when a picky 65 gave him a five-stroke lead.

“I watched Tiger and how he closes events. And I wasn’t born in Jack’s heyday when he was winning, but I watched old footage, you watched how he made his way around of the golf course,” said Horschel, 35, who moved to a career-high 11th in the Official World Golf Rankings. I have a really good understanding of how to win golf tournaments. Have I put a lot into it? No, but I think my record is pretty good when I get a chance to win and close events.

Despite missing a cut in last week’s Charles Schwab Challenge, Horschel arrived at Muirfield Village with confidence in his game and a renewed sense of commitment to giving his thought process a few more seconds before heading out. ‘pull the trigger. He and caddy Mark Fulcher thought before leaving Fort Worth and agreed that they had avoided a proven method for a good game.

“Very happy with the job that Fooch and I have done, not just today but over the past three days,” Horschel said on Saturday. “I think just going through our process, making sure we have a number where we’re trying to land the ball, talking about the shot, the club selection, the wind. When we do that, it allows me to have a clearer picture and to have a slightly higher level of acceptance compared to the golf shot.

Why had they strayed from a proven formula?

“I’m sure I’m going to shock everyone when I say that. I move very fast, and I’m impatient, so I’m ready to go without always being clear on everything. Sometimes I just want to be done with golf,” he admitted. “Am I stupid not to do what I know works every time? Yes. But I have to do a better job. If I want to win tournament golf… then I have to do a better job on a daily, weekly basis, especially when it comes to bigger events.

The Memorial is a big event, with rewards that include a $2.16 million first prize and a three-year tour exemption, not to mention a nice handshake from the tournament host. . Horschel, who finished 13-under 275, won for the third time in the last 15 months, and those are quality wins. Last year he won the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on the DP World Tour.

“What this does for my confidence, it shows what we’re doing at home and what we’re doing every week, we’re doing the right things,” he said.

Horschel entered the final round bogey-free for 44 holes and extended that streak for another five before going over the green on the sixth and missing a 10-footer. Wise, who finished second after a 71, got less than two shots when he birdied on the 11th and Horschel saved a five-foot bogey on the 12th, but Wise missed the fairway at 13, dropped a shot , and Horschel never led by less than those three shots the rest of the way, although there were a few stomach-turning moments, like his saves by 12 and eight feet, respectively, on holes 13 and 14.

He ended any doubt about the outcome on the par-5 15th, responding to Wise’s kickoff on the par-5 15th with an eagle from 53ft. Horschel raised both arms in triumph, which he officially secured with two pars wrapped around a bogey at 17.

“Yeah, the last four or five feet, you could tell he took a right turn for the cut,” Wise said. “It felt like it was perfect speed the whole time. It’s one of those things, it’s what you do when you win a tournament.

“If I had to do something special, I was ready for it. To do that was huge,” Horschel said, smiling about the most dramatic shot in what was an otherwise uneventful day.

Not that there weren’t upsets in the final round. You have to go through the lower levels of the leaderboard. Even with little wind on a bright late spring day, Muirfield Village turned wicked, and it delivered one more punishment to some notable names.

Cameron Smith 77
Abraham Ancer 77
Keegan Bradley 77
Ricky Fowler 77
Francesco Molinari78
Adam Scott 80
KH Lee 82
Cameron young 84

The field scoring average was 74.214, which is not out of the norm. Only once in the last 10 years has the final round score fallen below par, in 2018, when the boys did it in 71.274. The low score of the day was three under 69. It was difficult, especially for those who left the fairway and embarked on lush bluegrass that could have been quite equal to what players will find in two weeks at the US Open at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

Horschel has spoken several times over the past two days about wanting to win “bigger” events, i.e. major tournaments, but he knows he will have to overcome his own history – only one top 10 in 34 starts, that of the 2013 US Open when he finished T-4 at Merion. “Obviously my major record is pretty abysmal. But I’m very confident with what we’ve done over the last two years. And, like I said, the results don’t always show.”

That said, the Memorial was a major triumph, a thoroughly satisfying result that ticked a personal accomplishment box; it was Horschel’s first time winning with his wife Brittany and their three children in attendance. Golden Bear’s handshake was nice, but his family’s hugs are going to be etched in his memory no matter what he does from here.

“It’s kind of a running joke in our family that my wife and kids were never on the winning side,” Horschel said with a smile that exuded genuine satisfaction. “My wife never wanted to fly on a Saturday night when I had a chance to win. So she feels like she can bring bad luck or something.

“I’ve always wanted that moment when my family burns out, the kids burn out, that I can always look back for many years to come and they can look back their whole lives from being on the green and congratulate their dad on a win. So it’s special to have this video and photos for the rest of our lives.