Memorial Tournament: Billy Horschel lands a 53-foot eagle putt en route to victory at Ohio | Golf News – NewsRaiser


Billy Horschel celebrates his four-stroke win at Muirfield Village

A well-timed eagle helped Billy Horschel win his seventh PGA Tour title at the Memorial Tournament in Muirfield Village, Ohio.

Horschel took a five-shot lead into the final round, but saw his lead cut to two for the second time when playing partner Aaron Wise went 2-for-5 on the 15th for his fourth birdie of the day.

However, Horschel then drilled from 53 feet for an eagle, his first in 573 holes in the event, to effectively seal the win before hitting his fourth shot of the week on the 17th.

Horschel had a five shot lead going into the final round.

Horschel had a five shot lead going into the final round.

A close of 72 gave Horschel a four-shot margin of victory over Wise, with defending champion Patrick Cantlay and Joaquin Niemann two shots behind.

“It feels good,” Horschel said. sky sports. “I felt comfortable all day, I never felt like my heart was beating too fast, I never worried about anything and just tried to play with myself and play my own game.

“I felt like that was all I had to do, knowing the conditions were tough and if someone came out and played a really special round of golf and took me in, then hats off.

Aaron Wise put pressure on Horschel, but ultimately had to settle for second place

Aaron Wise put pressure on Horschel, but ultimately had to settle for second place

“But I played very well today and I am very happy with that. I have never won a tournament with my wife and children and to finally have them here in a tournament that I won is very special. »

Horschel celebrates the green of the 18th with the family

Horschel celebrates the green of the 18th with the family

World No. 2 Jon Rahm, who had a six-shot lead after 54 holes last year before being told he had tested positive for covid-19 and had to retire, hit a closing 69 to finish level. in the tenth.

Rory McIlroy fired rounds 73 and 74 over the weekend to tie for 18th, with the four-time Grand Slam winner covering the first nine in 41 on Sunday before repairing some of the damage with birdies on 12, 14 and 15.

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