Tweets shed light on Horschel's emotional win

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 Tour event at the weekend.

He broke down in tears immediately after his play-off victory over world No. 3 Jason Day on Sunday, capturing his first title 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," she 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.

"He deserves to soak in the glory of his win yesterday, throw his feet up and just let out a long deep breath."

GREAT JOB

Proud of the journey that my wife is on! She is an amazing mother and unbelievable wife!

BILLY HORSCHEL, who rises to world No. 44 after winning the Byron Nelson tournament, complimenting his wife Brittany for her fight against alcoholism in a Twitter post.

Horschel, 30, praised his wife's statement in his own post on Twitter. "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 hands him a US Open berth after he failed to qualify for last year's event and last month's Masters.

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