Total opposites tied for lead

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ATLANTA – Billy Horschel entered the Tour Championship in second place on the FedEx Cup points list and opened with a 4-under 66 to share the lead Thursday. All of which would put him in pole position for the $10 million grand prize – except for one little problem.

He’s tied with the man he’s chasing.

Horschel and Chris Kirk, playing together in the final pairing of the day, each posted the best score of the round to portend an intriguing race for the top spot come Sunday afternoon.

“Chris and I both played a beautiful round of golf out there today,” Horschel said. “I don't believe we had a bogey between us – 8 under par, no bogeys, great round. Especially on this golf course, the way it's set up.”


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Based on their standing in the tournament, Horschel and Kirk will tee it up together again on Friday – a fact which is just fine with the guy who’s doing the chasing in the overall standings.

“Chris and I are really good friends. And we're probably two completely opposite people in the sense that he just looks like he's moving very slow and nothing affects him and I'm the complete opposite. I look like I'm running around the golf course.

“But Chris and I get along very well. We seem to always play well when we're paired together.”