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Opportunity knocks: Horschel again contending

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AVONDALE, La. – No surprise here – Billy Horschel is off to another roaring start at a PGA Tour event.

Horschel, one of the game’s hottest players, fired a 5-under 67 Thursday and sits three shots off Ricky Barnes’ lead at the Zurich Classic.

“The train is going and I don’t want it to stop,” he said.

In his last three starts, Horschel has finished T-2 in Houston, where he went head-to-head with D.A. Points; T-3 in San Antonio, where he held a two-shot lead heading into the final round and lost to a 63; and T-9 last week in Hilton Head, where he played the closing two holes a combined 5 over par on the weekend.

After graduating from Q-School last December, Horschel said in an on-air interview that he would win on the PGA Tour in 2013. It seems like only a matter of time.

To break through, however, he’ll need to clean up his play on the weekend.

Entering this week, his pre-cut scoring average was 68.92 – third-best on Tour. But he drops to 34th (70.09) and 108th (71.55) on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

“I’ve just gotta keep knocking on that door, and hopefully that door will fall down sooner or later,” he said. “And if not, I guess I just have to use a sledgehammer.”