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Topic - Billy Horschel
The PGA Tour season gets underway this week at the Frys.com Open, the first time the tour has gone to a wraparound season. And while the field might not look that strong on paper, odds are that will change.
Two weeks after enjoying the perks of a U.S. Open champion, from dining with the prime minister to watching the Wimbledon men's final from the Royal Box, Justin Rose led a parade of stars exiting the British Open.
The field for the 142nd British Open golf championship, which starts Thursday at Muirfield. Players listed in only the first category for which they qualified:
Tiger Woods plans to return to action at this week's British Open at Muirfield, and he'll be playing alongside Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen for the first two rounds.
Thursday at Congressional, for the first time in 188 PGA Tour starts and so many others on four developmental tours, Duke teed off with a PGA tournament victory to his name.
Billy Horschel, who tied for fourth in the real U.S. Open two weeks ago at Merion, began his day with a 50-foot birdie putt, added a pair of birdies over the next three holes and then hung on for a 68. That was the best score among the early starters.
Horschel, who tied for fourth place at the U.S. Open two weeks ago, began the first round with a 51-foot birdie on the par-3 10th hole.
Phil Mickelson awoke on Father Day's in a place he's never been _ having the lead to himself after 54 holes at a U.S. Open.
Justin Rose could see all the pieces coming together in this U.S. Open.
Considering the history of bad pants in golf, Billy Horschel had to go a long way to stand out.
Mickelson shot an even-par 70 Saturday, including three birdies on the back nine, for a 1-under 209 total on the hard-to-read greens at Merion Golf Club.
Five things to look for Saturday in the third round of the U.S. Open:
No one could catch Mickelson or Horschel as the second round wrapped up early Saturday at the U.S. Open, where sunny skies helped dry muddy Merion Golf Club.
Their 1-under totals of 139 made them the only players under par for the tournament; nearly half the field had yet to complete the second round, which was halted because of darkness.
The number of people calling PGA Tour events after seeing possible rules violations has gone up since Tiger Woods took what turned out to be an illegal drop at the Masters. That doesn't mean the number of violations is increasing.
"It's like another U.S. Open," Horschel said. "Off the fairways, the rough is thick. Fortunately, the greens are soft so they're really receptive. It's still a tough golf course."
"He's a great guy, one of the best guys out on tour," Horschel said. "For him to get that victory, you saw how much it meant to him. At the age of 44, who knows how many more chances at victory he has? Hopefully he does have a lot more, but obviously when you get up there in age, it does become a lot tougher."