Horschel Seals Seventh PGA Tour Title With Dominant Memorial Victory

The American outlasted the opposition to clinch a four-shot victory at Jack's place

Billy Horschel celebrates with his caddie after winning the 2022 Memorial
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Billy Horschel survived the brutal Muirfield Village examination to win the Memorial by four shots from Aaron Wise and capture his seventh PGA Tour title. 

On a day dominated by high scores, Horschel kept his cool and more than earned his winning handshake with tournament host Jack Nicklaus, mixing three bogies with a birdie and an eagle in a level-par 72 that was good enough to claim top spot and a $2.16 million payout.

On the edge of the 18th green, Nicklaus paid tribute to the grit shown by his new champion, saying: “Anytime you had a chance to let him [Wise] get close, you holed another putt.”

“Just like you would,” Horschel fittingly replied.

The American started the final round on 13-under and five clear of Wise and Cameron Smith following a best-of-the-week 65 on Saturday, but saw that lead cut to three when he dropped his first shot in 50 holes at the sixth. The 35-year-old then failed to take advantage of the par-5 seventh, ensuring the door remained open for his pursuers.

However, the firm and fiery layout made it hard for the chasing pack to make inroads. Max Homa had looked like setting the clubhouse target when he raced to the turn in five-under, before two back-nine double-bogeys put paid to his slim chances of a comeback victory, eventually settling for a 69 and a T5 finish.

Another challenger who was made to look silly by the Nicklaus-designed beast was Joaquin Niemann. The Chilean stood on the 14th tee at three-under for the day and within three of the lead, before double-bogeys at the 14th and 18th left him in a tie for third alongside defending champion Patrick Cantlay, who made a timely return to form.

Horschel never surrendered the lead, and as the final group turned for home, he made his first move of the day, converting after a brilliant approach from the semi-rough at the 10th to re-establish his four-shot cushion. That advantage was halved two holes later when Wise made back-to-back birdies to go with Horschel's bogey at the 12th, before the leader delivered the hammer blow that would all but seal a hard-earned victory. 

After clutch par saves from 11 and eight feet on 13 and 14 respectively, Horschel found the heart of the par-5 15th green and rolled in the 52-footer for eagle to lead by four with three to play.

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Nothing can be taken for granted at Jack’s place, but while most came unstuck in the closing stages, Horschel was able to draw on all his experience to see out the victory in front of a packed Ohio crowd that included his family.

"It feels pretty good," he said afterwards. "I felt comfortable all day. I never felt like my heart was beating too fast, never felt like I was moving too quick, I was just trying to play my own game knowing the conditions were tough and the greens were getting firmer. I played a really special round of golf and I'm really happy with it.

"It's special. I've never won a tournament that my wife and kids are at. For them to be here is so special and for Jack to be there and to shake his hand. I tried to play a round like Jack Nicklaus would - plot your way around the course. You've got a five-shot lead, just don't give anything back.

"It doesn't hurt to have a lot of confidence to take into the US Open, so I'm excited and confident to see what happens going forward."

A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.

Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.

As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.

What's in Andy's bag?

Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)

3-wood: TaylorMade M1 (15°)

Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)

Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1