Billy Horschel’s wife reveals battle with alcoholism in emotional note

We all saw the combination of relief and jubilation in Billy Horschel’s AT&T Byron Nelson win as he gave his caddie a back-slapping embrace after Jason Day’s putt to extend their playoff went wide.

Taking down the Australian on the first playoff hole, Horschel was emotional—and he was even more emotional after the tournament.

But Billy Ho, as we all know, always plays with his heart on his sleeve. Remember his reaction to his first PGA Tour victory?

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It was surprising, then, when Horschel alluded to a hidden significance to the W. “Life gets in the way sometimes. I’m not able to talk about it right now. But it’s just a lot of stuff happened in the last year and this is just – this is nice,” Horschel said in the press center.

But while Billy Horschel wasn’t able to talk about “it,” his wife, Brittany courageously shared what’s been troubling the family in a Monday afternoon note on Twitter, admitting a year-long battle with alcoholism.

Horschel, a fiery and outspoken fellow, deserves our respect for silently shouldering the burden. And certainly we now know a little more about why his form has suffered. Perhaps the putter toss of a few weeks ago is more understandable in light of the heavy emotional load he has been bearing.

“I’m really, really proud of her,” Horschel told USA Today. “She has overcome a lot and there is still a long journey ahead and a journey that will never end. But she’s very strong and she’s on the right path.”

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Prior to his victory, the Florida Gator entered the Byron Nelson on the heels of four missed cuts and without a victory since the 2014 Tour Championship. He fell nearly 70 spots in the Official World Golf Ranking and missed out on the Masters.

Brittney gave birth to the couple’s second child, Colbie, just three days after the aforementioned first major of the year. Their daughter, Skyler, was born in 2014.

“This has made me a stronger person. I had to change to support her. I changed for the better. I’m still changing, still trying to improve myself as a human being. All is going great.”

Obviously, everyone in the golf world wishes the Horschel family the best. And if you were previously a Billy Horschel critic, perhaps you have a different perspective on the 30-year-old.

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