Billy Horschel’s 63 Gives BMW Third Leader in Three Days
Even in a field of the 70 best golfers in the world, a 63 is a rare occurrence.
Thus the author of that round – the US’ Billy Horschel – used the best round of the entire BMW Championship to date to move into the tournament lead, taking a 3-stroke lead over fellow American Ryan Palmer headed into Sunday’s final round.
Horschel would take over the FedExCup points lead with a victory – he’s currently 20th. Palmer is trying to fight his way into the final 30 for next week’s TOUR Championship in Atlanta. He’s currently 37th, but if he maintains his current track could jump up into the Top 10.
Horschel was 2-under at the turn, then birdied five of the final eight holes to take the 3-stroke lead. Palmer shot a 3-under 67 and is 1-0 under.
World No. 1 Rory McIlroy, who was the co-leader on Day 1 and has been lurking ever since, was 1-under through 11 holes, then saw the bottom drop out with a triple bogey 6 on the No 12. hole. McIlroy finished with a 2-over 72 and is now tied for 10th at 4-under, 9 strokes off the lead.
While McIlroy fell back, two other Major winners moved up. US Open Martin Kaymer fired a 64 and Masters winner Bubba Watson a 66, getting both men to 8-under and into a tie for third.
Kaymer birdied five of seven holes between No. 10 and No. 16.
Day Two leader Sergio Garcia fell to sixth with a 2-over 72.