PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – This should be a home game for Billy Horschel, a Florida native, a Ponte Vedra Beach resident and a Florida Gator all the way down to his bright orange pants.
On the iconic 17th hole, however, it started to feel more like a neutral site.
Following a birdie at No. 17, Horschel responded to a group of Florida State fans who were greeting him with the Seminole “tomahawk chop.”
“I heard more, ‘Go ’Noles’ this week than I have the last three years and I’m guessing it’s because they won a national championship and they come out from the woodwork and they think they’re all high and mighty,” smiled Horschel, who wore orange and blue on Day 3.
Horschel played well enough to swing the crowd on Saturday, playing the front nine in 4 under, but he struggled coming in and signed for a 69 that left him three strokes off the lead.
The reigning FedEx Cup champion has endured putting issues the last few weeks and said he and swing coach Todd Anderson went back to the same basics that lifted him to victories at last year’s BMW Championship and Tour Championship.
“We focused a lot on speed, making sure we didn’t hit the putt too hard because I feel like on a regular basis I start my putt on my line and I read the putt well, I hit it too hard,” he said.