Horschel credits short game for Zurich win

By Rex HoggardApril 29, 2013, 8:22 pm

Following six consecutive rounds under par at last fall’s Q-School, Billy Horschel was clearly pleased with his game and another opportunity to play the PGA Tour. From that moment of competitive clarity, however, came an avalanche of confidence that didn’t exactly dovetail with his resume.

“I’m going to win next year (2013), no doubt about it,” Horschel told Golf Channel’s Jerry Foltz in December at PGA West.

In two seasons on Tour, Horschel had missed 16 cuts and in 17 events in 2012 he wasn’t among the top 140 in earners at any point in the season. But the Florida native had no doubt he could deliver on his bold prediction, and on Sunday in his 12th start of the year he closed with two birdies over his last three holes to win the Zurich Classic by a stroke.

“I felt like I was the best player at Q-School last year. I wasn’t down about it. I was embracing the situation. If I did my thing I would get through easily and that just built my confidence,” said Horschel, who tied for fourth at Q-School. “I took what I learned from Q-School. I wanted to back up that comment and not look like an idiot if I didn’t do it.”

Horschel said the turnaround has been largely the result of improved wedge play, which he and swing coach Todd Anderson focused on following last year’s Q-School, and a slight adjustment to his putting.

Horschel – who finished T-2 (Shell Houston Open), T-2 (Valero Texas Open), T-9 (RBC Heritage) and first (Zurich Classic) in his last four starts – switched to a new putter with a slightly different neck that allows him to maintain better posture over the ball.

“The only difference between yesterday and the three weeks where I had top 10s before is that I didn’t make bad mistakes. I got the ball up and down when I should have,” he said.  “(Anderson) and I talked about it after Hilton Head. He said, ‘You need to clean it up a little more and when you clean it up you’re going to win.’”

Horschel celebrated his victory with another former University of Florida player, Chris DiMarco, at Harrah’s in New Orleans’ French Quarter, complete with a few hands of blackjack, before flying home to Jacksonville, Fla., after just two hours of sleep.

He won’t have far to go for his next Tour stop. Horschel’s victory qualified him for next week’s Players Championship on a course he’s played “quite a bit.” In fact, given his play on Pete Dye-designed courses the last two weeks (Harbour Town Golf Links and TPC Louisiana) he may be headed toward his second Tour title.

Maybe Horschel wasn’t bold enough last year at Q-School.

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Rose leads Koepka, Grillo by four at Colonial

By Nick MentaMay 26, 2018, 9:06 pm

On the strength of a 4-under 66 Saturday, Justin Rose will take an four-shot lead over Brooks Koepka and Emiliano Grillo into the final round of the Fort Worth Invitational. Here's where things stand through 54 holes at Colonial Country Club.

Leaderboard: Rose (-14), Koepka (-10), Grillo (-10), Corey Conners (-8), Jon Rahm (-8), Louis Oosthuizen (-8), J.T. Poston (-8), Ryan Armour (-8)

What it means: The fifth-ranked player in the world is 18 holes from his ninth PGA Tour victory and his second this season. Up once to start the third round, Rose extended his lead to as much as five with birdies on four of his first six holes. Through 54 holes, Rose has made XX birdies and just XX bogeys. The 2013 U.S. Open winner and 2016 Olympic gold medalist has a history of winning at iconic venues - Muirfield Village, Aronimink, Cog Hill, Doral, Merion and Congressional - and now looks to add Colonial to the list. He'll be chased on Sunday by Grillo, the young Argentianian who won his first Tour start as a member in 2015, and Koepka, last year's U.S. Open winner who continues to impress in his injury comeback despite ongoing wrist issues.  

Round of the day: Corey Conners and Ted Potter both turned in 8-under 63. Potter was bogey-free and Conners came home in 6-under 29 on the back nine.

Best of the rest: Jon Rahm, Louis Oosthuizen, Brian Harman, and Michael Thompson all signed for 64. Rahm called his six-birdie start the best 10 holes he's played so far this year. 

Biggest disappointment: Jordan Spieth has finished second-first-second in the last three years at this event, but he's yet to find his normal Colonial form through three rounds. Spieth, who said Friday he was capable of shooting "10 or 12 under" over the weekend, shot even-par 70 Saturday. He sits in T-38 at 3 under for the week, 11 back.

Shot of the day: Rory Sabbatini closed out his third round Saturday with this eagle holeout from 134 yards at the 18th. 

His colorful scorecard featured three bogeys, two birdies, a double bogey and that eagle. It added up to a 1-over 71. 

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McCarron closes with only bogey, shares lead

By Associated PressMay 26, 2018, 8:49 pm

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. - Scott McCarron, seeking a second senior major title to go with his 2017 Senior Players Championship, made his only bogey of the third round on the final hole to slip into a tie for the lead Saturday with Tim Petrovic in the Senior PGA Championship.

They were at 13 under par after Petrovic, seeking his first major, shot 65. McCarron has shared the lead through three rounds.

England's Paul Broadhurst, the 2016 British Senior Open winner, matched the best third-round score in tournament history with a 64. He was at 11 under.

Miguel Angel Jimenez, coming off his first major championship last week at the Regions Tradition, shot 65 and was 9 under.

Tom Byrum, who made a hole-in-one in shooting a 67, was in a group at 8 under.

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Watch: Rose one-arms approach, makes birdie

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 26, 2018, 7:25 pm

Justin Rose appears to have taken a course in Hideki Matsuyama-ing.

Already 3 under on his round through five thanks to a birdie-birdie-birdie start, Rose played this approach from 143 yards at the par-4 sixth.

That one-armed approach set up a 6-foot birdie putt he rolled in to move to 4 under on his round and 14 under for the week, five clear of the field.

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McIlroy battles back into tie for BMW PGA lead

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 26, 2018, 4:09 pm

Rory McIlroy got off to a rocky start on Saturday in the third round of the BMW PGA Championship, including hitting a spectator and making a double bogey. But after that incident on the sixth hole, he didn't drop another shot, birdieing the final hole to shoot a 1-under 71 and tie for the lead.

McIlroy had gone into Moving Day with a three-shot lead, but Francesco Molinari had the round of the day, a 6-under 66. "It was nice keep a clean scorecard," said Molinari, who hasn't made a bogey since the 10th hole on Friday.

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McIlroy and Molinari will be paired in Sunday's final round. They are tied at 13 under par, four shots clear of Ross Fisher, Branden Grace, Sam Horsfield and Alexander Noren.

The Wentworth course ends with back-to-back par-5s, and McIlroy birdied both of them. He got a break on the 18th hole as his drive hit a spectator and bounced into light rough.

"It was a struggle out there today," McIlroy said. "I think when you're working on a few things in your swing and the wind is up and you're stuck between trying to play different shots, but also try to play - you know, make good swings at it, I just hit some loose tee balls on the first few holes. But I'm proud of myself. I stayed patient. I actually - I'm feeling a bit better about myself after today than I was even walking off the course yesterday."