When Jason Day’s par putt missed less than an inch wide on the first playoff hole of the AT&T Byron Nelson on Sunday evening, Billy Horschel couldn’t suppress a grin.
After a nearly three-year drought, he had finally done it. The Florida alum had finally claimed another PGA Tour victory, his fourth. It was an emotional occasion for Horschel. Three years is a long time without a victory, and beyond that, he had alas broken a cut after missing the previous four.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 21, 2017
But it was emotional for far more reasons than that, which Horschel’s wife, Brittany, wrote about on Monday afternoon.
“I will keep this simple,” Brittany wrote. “I am an alcoholic. I say that now without shame.”
For two months last summer, Brittany was in a treatment facility, and her husband, Billy, added full-time dad, to their daughter Skylar, to his role as full-time professional golfer.
“[Billy] silently battled through, with support from family and close friends, a very sad, scary and trying time,” Brittany wrote. “He deserves to soak in the glory of his win yesterday, throw his feet up and just let out a long, deep breath.”
It is of little doubt that he will do just that. With the win, Horschel pocketed $1.35 million. Billy also responded on Twitter, writing that he is “Proud of the journey that my wife is on! She is an amazing mother and unbelievable wife!”
Proud of the journey that my wife is on! She is an amazing mother and unbelievable wife! https://t.co/4Q1TVeUCQV
— Billy Horschel (@BillyHo_Golf) May 22, 2017