Seven-time PGA Tour winner Billy Horschel struggled to search out the phrases to explain his opening-round efficiency on the Memorial Tournament on Thursday after capturing a disappointing 84.
Horschel, the defending champion on the Muirfield Village Golf Club, paused a number of instances throughout a post-round interview, the place he gave a brutally trustworthy evaluation of his recreation as of late.
“Yeah, I mean it’s tough right now. I’m working really hard, trying to do the right things and the team’s doing everything really well. It’s just – it sucked today,” Horschel mentioned after initially pausing for round 20 seconds.
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“As much as I would love to throw in the towel and not come out tomorrow, that’s just not in me. I’m just not one of those players – there’s plenty of those guys out here on Tour that would make an excuse about being injured or anything but I’ll show up, I’ll go out there, and I’ll give it my all like I always do and try and find something and try and play well and I’m going to move on.”
“It’s a day and I’ve had plenty of these days this year – not this bad, but it’s just a day,” an emotional Horschel continued.
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“My confidence is the lowest it’s been in my entire career. I think ever in my entire golf career.”
Horschel bogeyed on holes 2-4 and three extra instances on the again 9. He had three double bogeys, together with back-to-back on holes 9 and 10, to complete the day 118th of 119 golfers.
According to The Columbus Dispatch, Horschel’s 12 over-par rating set a report on the match as the very best opening spherical of any defending champ.
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“Hopefully it f—ing comes around soon,” he mentioned optimistically on Thursday.
Horschel completed the second spherical Friday at even-par 72.