Billy Horschel Outduels Jason Day for Nelson Title
After blazing through the final 36 holes of the course to tie for the lead, Jason Day bogeyed the first hole of a playoff, giving the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament title to Billy Horschel,
It’s Horschel’s first win on the PGA Tour since the 2014 Tour Championship, which won him that year’s FedEx Cup title.
Horschel got emotional during his press conference, with his wife Brittany taking to Twitter on Monday to reveal she had spent two months the previous year in a rehab facility for alcoholism.
“One year ago, I began a journey to a healthy me; mentally and physically,” she wrote. “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 marriage.”
Horschel and Day both finished 12-under, both passing James Hahn on the final day as the 54-hole leader struggled to a 71 and finished a stroke back at 11-under.
Horschel moved into position by shooting 65 on Friday and 66 on Saturday. He was at even par at the turn but fell to 1-over through 13 with back-to-back bogeys. He fired back with birdies on 14 and 16 to finish with a 69.
Day hit just one bogey on the day to shoot a 68. Hahn melted down on the back nine after sitting 1-under through 11. He bogeyed 12, 13, and 14 in succession. He birdied 18, but it was too little too late.