The third round of a 72-hole tournament, otherwise known as Moving Day, usually has a significant impact on the outcome.
But in the case of the 47th edition of the Memorial Tournament, the third round pretty much was everything to Billy Horschel
who won on Sunday but, in reality, wrapped up Jack Nicklaus’ prized event on Saturday.
Horschel cobbled together a final-round even-par 72 at Muirfield Village Golf Club and was hardly pressed in winning the Memorial by four strokes over Aaron Wise
But the fidgety Florida native, self-admittedly inclined to impatience
confessing to be too much of a perfectionist for his own good, knew that he didn’t need heroics to win his seventh PGA Tour title.
after his roundhouse knockout of the field the previous day when a punctilious 65 afforded him a five-stroke lead.
The Memorial is a big event, with rewards that include a first prize of $2.16 million and a three-year tour exemption
to mention a job-well-done handshake from the tournament host.
Horschel, who finished at 13-under 275, won for the third time in the last 15 months
Last year he won the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on the DP World Tour.
Horschel spoke repeatedly the last two days about his readiness to win "bigger" events.