American Billy Horschel, comfortably in the lead the day before, spent some turbulence on Sunday in Dublin (Ohio), before scoring a liberating eagle at the end of the course to secure victory at the Memorial, counting for the PGA Tour.
The 35-year-old world number 17, who led by five shots at tee time on Sunday, saw his compatriot Aaron Wise approach two units, after a birdie on the N.15 of Muirfield Village.
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Then on this same portion, Horschel, who had just made crucial putts to save the par at N.13 and N.14, placed another one from 16 meters which made an eagle, giving him a lead of four strokes to three.
holes from the end, which he then kept (-13). Enough to win the 7th title of his career in the USPGA, with the added bonus of the congratulations of the legendary Jack Nicklaus, godfather of the tournament. Horschel said afterwards that he had taken inspiration from his glorious elder and Tiger Woods to best manage his advantage.
Learn from these two and understand that when you have shots ahead you don't have to do anything special, you just have to make sure you don't give them back, he said. "I returned a few, which upset me. I had to do something special.
This eagle at 15th was huge. I did not let the opportunity pass", he added. Billy Horschel dominates in Dublin, Ohio (USA) and wins The Memorial Tournament with a total of 275 (70 68 65 72, -13), four shots outstripping compatriot Aaron Wise, second with 279 (-9) in front to Patrick Cantlay (defending champion, he won the tournament in 2021 but also in 2019) and to Chilean Joaquin Niemann, both third with 281 (-7).
On the last lap the 35-year-old - who wins his seventh title on the PGA Tour - signs a birdie and an eagle, with three bogeys. For him a total prize money of 12,000,000 and a leap from 17th to 11th position in the world ranking.
At Muirfield Village Golf Club (par 72) there is a setback for Francesco Molinari. He finished the tournament in 26th place with a score of 287 (71 68 70 78, -1) after finishing fourth on the moving day. Last lap in 78 (+6) with five bogeys (six total ones) and a double bogey in the first 12, with two birdies (at 13 and 18).
In the US, fifth place with 282 (-6) for Max Homa, Will Zalatoris, Danny McCarthy, Sahith Theegala and Daniel Berger. Tenth with 284 (-4) the Spaniard Jon Rahm, number 2 in the world.