Horschel (65) one back despite Florida-LSU distraction


ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Following a bogey at the third hole on Saturday at the RSM Classic, most players would have intensified their focus.

Billy Horschel is not most players.

Horschel’s beloved Florida Gators were playing LSU in a college grudge match and he needed his regular updates.

“The first [update] was at 11 when it was 7-3, the next one came at on 14 and then [caddie Micah Fugitt] told me when we walked off the green at 16 it was 13-10. Then I got an update on 18 tee that it was 16-10,” Horschel said. “I was trying to figure out who would give me the information first.”

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The Gators won, 16-10, and Horschel shot one of the day’s best rounds, 65, to move into a tie for second place with Camilo Villegas, a stroke off the lead held by Mackenzie Hughes.

“It’s nice to have something distracting me in between shots,” he said. “I’m a lot better when I can be distracted between shots and I’ve been doing a good job this week.”

The next step is figuring out what Sunday’s distraction will be, since his NFL team, the New England Patriots, are big favorites over the San Francisco 49ers.

“If anything I’m more worried about my fantasy team on Sunday,” he laughed.