Tuesday 24 October 2017

Billy Horschel's wife reveals that golfer's career plummeted due to her being an alcoholic

Billy Horschel has endured a very difficult few years. CREDIT: AP
Billy Horschel has endured a very difficult few years. CREDIT: AP

James Corrigan

The wife of Billy Horschel, the former winner of the biggest prize in golf, has made an emotional confession about why his career plummeted so dramatically. “I am an alcoholic,” Brittany Horschel announced on Twitter.

The revelation came a day after Horschel, 30, had overhauled the former world No 1 Jason Day to win the AT&T Byron Nelson in Dallas on Sunday.

This was Horschel first victory since famously seeing off Rory McIlroy in the 2014 Tour Championship to not only lift that title but also the FedEx Cup. That day Horschel walked away with a cheque for  $11.4m and with the honour of being a member of the world’s top 15.

Since then, his progression has not gone to plan and he arrived at  Las Collinas having missed his previous three cuts and not even in the world’s top 70.

At The Players Championship two weeks ago, Horschel attracted controversy by seemingly throwing a club in the direction of his caddie and marching away from a green while  his playing partners still putted out.

But this apparent inexorable downfall suddenly took an upward lurch in Texas and afterwards, Horschel was in an almost tearful mood, alluding to a problem in the background which had made the last few years such a struggle.

"Life gets in the way sometimes," Horschel said. "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."

On Monday, his wife of two years opened the lid.  "One year ago, I began a journey to a healthy me; mentally and physically. I will keep this simple, 'I am an alcoholic, Brittany, 30, posted on her social network account. "I say that now without shame. Admitting that to myself, family and friends have saved my life and my marriage."

Brittany went on to explain how she spent two months last summer in a treatment centre during which her husband took sole responsibility of their one-year-old daughter, Skylar, and moved the family into a new home. Horschel did this all while trying to compete on Tour.

"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…. God only knows what went through that man’s head at the time."

Horschel responded on Twitter, posting that he was “proud of the journey that my wife is on! She is an amazing mother and unbelievable wife!” Brittany gave birth to the couple’s second daughter last month.

Telegraph.co.uk

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