Reporter asks Billy Horschel about *that* interview after American returns to PGA Tour winner's circle

Billy Horschel says he never had any doubt he would return to the winner's circle on the PGA Tour after he claimed the Corales Puntacana Championship.

Billy Horschel
Billy Horschel

Billy Horschel says he never doubted he would return to the winner's circle on the PGA Tour despite appearing to be at the lowest of lows in the not so distant past. 

Horschel caught the headlines during his defence at the Memorial last June when a disastrous opening round of 12-over 84 left the American golfer in tears. 

The 37-year-old looked in complete despair but fast-forward 10 months and Horschel is now an eight-time PGA Tour winner thanks to victory at the Corales Puntacana Championship in the Dominican Republic. 

Horschel tore round Puntacana Resort & Club on Sunday, carding a nine-under 63 to pip Wesley Bryan, of YouTube fame, by two strokes.

Bryan started the day with a one stroke advantage but a crucial mistake at the 15th all but ended his hopes of catching Horschel. 

Horschel's rounds of 67, 69, 66 and 63 saw him reach 23-under. 

"No," Horschel said emphatically when asked by a reporter if he had any doubt he would ever win again after being involved in that memorable news conference.

"This game of golf's so fickle. I think you can put a lot into it and get everything you want out of it. 

"But I knew in my 14 years, 13 years previously on the PGA Tour that I had the ability, I had the talent, I just needed to continue to work hard and do the right things and continue to believe that good stuff was going to come to the forefront at some point in time."




Bryan, 34, has one PGA Tour victory to his name. That came at the 2017 RBC Heritage but it has been a struggle since then. 

Primarily, the golfer has faced a litany of injury problems. 

He has turned to creating YouTube brothers with his older brother George as he attempts to keep his professional career alive. 

Bryan held the lead after 18, 36 and 54 holes and admitted he was 'bummed' about not getting the job done. 

But he was positive in the immediate aftermath of defeat. 

"All in all, definitely encouraged how the golf game was," he said.  

"How it held up under the pressure of a weekend leading a golf tournament. 

"I played a couple really solid rounds and today just got beat, plain and simple. 

"Shooting nine-under out there today was impressive, so hats off to Billy."

He added: "Yeah, I feel like all in all, if you had told me only one person was going to beat me this week, I think I would have signed up for that."

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