Billy Horschel Opens 2-Stroke Lead at TOUR Championship

Billy Horschel didn’t make much of a name for himself during the regular season, but he’s sure making up for it in the post-season.

Horschel, who finished second at the Deutsche Bank Championship and won the BMW Championship, fired his second straight 4-under 66 on Friday to open up a two-shot lead at the TOUR Championship in Atlanta.

Horschel is 36 holes away from winning the tournament title, worth $2.5 million, and the overall FedExCup title, worth a whopping $10 million.

Horschel was at even par after seven holes thanks to a couple of bogeys, but added birdies on 9, 11, 14 and 17 to race to the top of the leaderboard.

He has a two-stroke lead over world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and former co-leader Chris Kirk. Horschel entered the tournament nine points behind Kirk in the overall standings. If either man wins the tournament, he will win the overall title.

McIlroy had the best round of the day, a 5-under 65 that he finished with back-to-back birdies on 17 and 18.  Kirk fell back despite shooting a 2-under 68.

Also on the move were Kevin Na and Ryan Palmer. Na jumped from 16th to a tie for fifth with Palmer, who was 11th to start the round.

Na fired a 66, Palmer a 67.

Masters champion Bubba Watson, who was third after 18 holes, dropped back to a tie for 14th with a 3-over 73.

At the far end of the spectrum was Australia’s Geoff Ogilvy, who shot his second straight 7-over 77 to fall to 14-over, 22 strokes off the lead.

 

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