Horschel charges three ahead at BMW

Sat Sep 6, 2014 6:58pm EDT
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CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE Colorado (Reuters) - Billy Horschel, seeking a second PGA Tour win, fired a sizzling 63 to surge three shots clear after a wildly fluctuating third round of multiple lead changes at the BMW Championship on Saturday.

As world number one Rory McIlroy finished nine strokes off the pace after carding a roller-coaster 72, American Horschel stormed ahead with five birdies after the turn to post a 13-under-par total of 197 at Cherry Hills Country Club.

Horschel, who clinched his maiden PGA Tour victory at the 2013 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, ended his round in style at the par-four 18th by sinking an uphill birdie from 32 feet which broke from right to left before dropping into the cup.

"I knew when I hit it that it had pretty good speed and was going to be close, and it fell right in over the top of the edge," Horschel told NBC Sport after taking control of the tournament with a bogey-free display.

"I've been seeing the (putting) lines pretty well this week and my speed's been really good. It was a great day today. I played really solid, the goal today was making no bogeys and I played well."

American Ryan Palmer, who dueled for the lead with Horschel for much of a sunny afternoon at the revered venue just outside Denver, was alone in second place after returning a three-under 67 in the PGA Tour's penultimate FedExCup playoff event.

U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer of Germany shot an eight-birdie 64 to climb into a tie for third at eight under, ending the day level with Masters winner Bubba Watson of the United States, who carded a 66.

"I played really well today and had a lot chances and finally some putts dropped," said Kaymer, who by his own admission lost form due to fatigue for several weeks after his commanding eight-shot victory at the U.S. Open in June.

"Overall, today I shot six under par, and seven under the last 12 holes so that's pretty good."   Continued...

Sep 6, 2014; Cherry Hills Village, CO, USA; Billy Horschel reacts after sinking a birdie on the 18th green during the third round of the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills Country Club.  Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports