Billy Horschel wins Memorial with help from 53 footer on No. 16

Billy Horschel wins Memorial with help from 53 footer on No. 16

DUBLIN, Ohio — In the end, sinking a 53-footer on No. 15 to essentially seal his win at the Memorial Tournament was not the most difficult thing Billy Horschel did on a green Sunday.

That came three holes later when, after capping a four-shot victory over runner-up Aaron Wise, Horschel found himself trying to untangle himself from his three young children, who grabbed onto Daddy’s legs and would not let go as he was accepting congratulations from Wise.

Finally, as Skylar and Colbie danced on the green, and Axel was pointing to the Goodyear Blimp, Horschel was able to get through the handshakes before the congratulatory kiss from his wife, Brittany, and the customary handshake from tournament host Jack Nicklaus.

“I just always wanted that one moment where my family runs out, the kids run out and I can always look back for many years to come and they can look back for their entire lives of being on the green and congratulating their father for a victory,” Horschel said.

Billy Horschel poses with tournament host Jack Nicklaus after winning the Memorial Sunday at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.

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Horschel’s seventh PGA Tour title was almost entirely stress-free, with the exception of a couple of blips in the middle of the round. But after that 53-footer curved in for eagle, wiping out any momentum Wise gained with a birdie on the same hole, the lead was back to four shots.

All Horschel had to do was not implode over the final three holes. He finished with a 72 and a 13-under 275. Wise carded a 71.

“I didn’t have to do anything special and Aaron had to do something special to try and tack me down,” Horschel, 35, said.

Billy Horschel celebrates with his family Sunday on the 18th green after winning the Memorial golf tournament in Dublin, Ohio. With him are wife Brittany, daughters Skylar and Colbie, and son Axel.

Horschel started the final round with a five-shot lead over Wise, a South African who lives in Jupiter, and never saw the advantage get below two. A couple of unspectacular yet crucial putts to save par on No. 13 (11 feet) and No. 14 (8 feet) were just the appetizers. The main roll came on No. 15 when Horschel essentially guaranteed his seventh PGA Tour title.

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