Los Angeles - Billy Horschel paid tribute to his wife on
Monday as she revealed the personal anguish that lay behind the golfer's
emotional reaction after his victory in the AT&T Byron Nelson PGA event at
Horschel broke down in tears immediately after his playoff
victory over world number four Jason Day on Sunday, capturing his first win
since 2014 after missing four consecutive cuts leading into the tournament.
He later declined to comment directly when asked about his
tearful reaction to victory. "I'm not able to talk about it right now.
It's just lot of stuff happens in the last year and this is just - this is
nice," he said.
But on Monday, Horschel's wife Brittany took to Twitter to
reveal she had been battling alcoholism.
Her treatment included a three-month stay at a rehab centre
in South Florida which left her husband juggling his career on the tour while
caring for the couple's infant daughter.
"I write this nervously, sceptically, but also proudly
because I have embraced the woman I have become over the past year,"
Brittany Horschel wrote in the post.
"One year ago, I began a journey to a healthy me;
mentally and physically. 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 my marriage."
"This weekend marked one year sober for me, but also
marked a very hard fought year for Billy," she added. "He deserves to
soak in the glory of his win yesterday, throw his feet up and just let out a
long deep breath."
Horschel, 30, praised his wife's statement in his own post
"Proud of the journey that my wife is on!" he
wrote. "She is an amazing mother and unbelievable wife!"
Horschel's fourth PGA victory moves him up to 44th in the
world rankings and also hands him a US Open berth after failing to qualify for
last month's Masters and the 2016 US Open.