Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Horschel Strikes Again at Dusk; Late Flurry Gives Former UF Standout a Two-Shot Lead at Sea Island

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Horschel Strikes Again at Dusk; Late Flurry Gives Former UF Standout a Two-Shot Lead at Sea Island

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Byline: Garry Smits

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA. With the sun going down, the wind diminishing and the no-see-ums swarming out of the Sea Island marshes Friday evening, Billy Horschel struck.

Playing in the final group of the day, the three-time University of Florida All-American and Jacksonville Beach resident rebounded from what he thought might be a costly bogey by playing the last four holes of the Sea Island Club Seaside Course at 4 under par. The flurry led to a second 64 in a row and, at 12-under-par 128, Horschel snatched the lead of the McGladrey Classic away from Webb Simpson (67) and Michael Thompson (65), who were tied at 10 under.

Louis Oosthuizen (67), the 2010 British Open champion from South Africa, and Australian left-hander Nick O'Hern (67) are tied at 8 under. Scott McCarron (70) and Johnson Wagner (67) are 6 under and Jim Furyk of Ponte Vedra Beach (68) is among a group at 5 under.

"I've done things like that in a hurry before," said Horschel, who is 139th on the PGA Tour money list and trying to reach the top 125 playing on a major medical extension. "If I see a couple of putts go in the hole, that gets me going. I'm a pretty good ball-striker, so I know that's going to be there. Putting is the key for me."

Horschel began the day one shot behind Simpson and Zach Miller and had a cautious game plan as an east wind picked up considerably since Thursday's first round.

He shot 2 under on the front nine, about two shots ahead of the pace he set for himself. Horschel then wanted to be cautious over Nos. 10 to 14, which were going into the wind.

"I wanted to make sure I didn't do anything stupid," he said of those holes.

The mistake came at the par-4 14th, when he missed the fairway and the green to the right, hit a poor chip, and missed a 14-foot putt for par. It put Horschel two shots behind the leaders.

Then came the rally. After a good drive at the par-5 15th hole, he used a 4-iron from 239 yards out and knocked the ball to within 11 feet of the hole. …

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