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Golf: Billy Horschel holding off field in Texas

Published April 6, 2013 7:29 pm

Golf • "I feel just as good as anyone else in the world right now," says relative unknown.
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San Antonio • Billy Horschel was confident about his chances of staying on top at the Texas Open after taking the second-round lead.

The relatively unknown up-and-comer lived up to his words on Saturday, holding off an experienced leaderboard to shoot a 2-under 70 and take a two-shot lead entering the final round.

Horschel finished second at last week's Houston Open, and he extended his PGA Tour-best streak of consecutive cuts made to 21 this week.

Still, the Florida native faces the daunting task of fending off a trailing pack that includes former major winners Jim Furyk, Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington if he's to earn his first PGA Tour win on Sunday.

Just don't try and tell him that.

"I've never been star struck out here," Horschel said. "… I respect all the veterans out here. I respect everyone that's put their time [in] out here.

"But at the same time, I'm as confident as I've ever been, and I feel just as good as anyone else in the world right now."

Horschel enters the final day with a two-shot lead over Furyk and Charley Hoffman. He's four shots ahead of a trio that includes former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, who would like nothing better than to close out with a win Sunday on his way to next week's Masters.

McIlroy shot a 1-under 71 to reach 6 under overall. He he was inconsistent off the tee on Saturday and had four birdies and three bogeys.

LPGA Tour

Inbee Park opened a three-stroke lead in the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Rancho Mirage, Calif., twice hitting to 2½ feet to set up back-nine birdies in a bogey-free round.

The 24-year-old South Korean shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday to reach 12 under at Mission Hills, putting her in position for her second major title and second victory of the year. She won the 2008 U.S. Women's Open and added her fourth LPGA Tour title in February in Thailand.

Lizette Salas, a stroke behind Park entering the round, had a 69 to remain second.

Hall of Famer Karrie Webb, the tournament winner in 2000 and 2006, was five strokes back at 6 under along with Suzann Pettersen, Angela Stanford, Jessica Korda, Karine Icher and Pornanong Phatlum. Stanford had a 66, the best round of the tournament. —

Leaderboard

Texas Open

Billy Horschel -10

Jim Furyk -8

Charley Hoffman -8

Also

Rory McIlroy -6

Daniel Summerhays -5