Horschel will try to find comfort zone on front nine


ATLANTA – For the first time in FedEx Cup history, two players in the top-five on the points list will be paired in the final twosome at the Tour Championship.

That should add some drama to the occasion, as either Billy Horschel or Rory McIlroy – Nos. 2 and 3 on the current list – can win the $10 million first-place prize by winning the tournament outright.

It could also add some strategy to the proceedings, as the final pairing runs the risk of turning the round into match play with seven other players within four shots of the lead.

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“I think I'm just going to really focus on myself the first nine holes, really get into my zone, really get into my comfort place and try and play the first nine holes the best I can, and then I'll see where that puts me when I make the turn,” Horschel said. “I feel like if I'm 3 or 4 under, I'm not going to look. Obviously I can judge by Rory because he's playing with me, but I'm not going to look at what everyone else is doing.

“If I'm 3 or 4 under, I'm going to think, man, I probably am leading. I probably got a good lead and let's just put the pedal down to the medal and sprint to the finish.”