Golf: Horschel continues hot streak in Texas

2013-04-07T00:00:00Z Golf: Horschel continues hot streak in TexasThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 07, 2013 12:00 am  • 

SAN ANTONIO - Billy Horschel was confident about his chances of staying on top at the Texas Open after taking the second-round lead.

The relatively unknown up-and-comer lived up to his words on Saturday, holding off an experienced leaderboard to shoot a 2-under 70 and take a two-shot lead entering the final round.

Horschel finished second at last week's Houston Open, and he extended his PGA Tour-best streak of consecutive cuts made to 21 this week.

Still, the Florida native faces the daunting task of fending off a trailing pack that includes former major winners Jim Furyk, Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington if Horschel is to earn his first PGA Tour win today.

Just don't try and tell him that.

"I've never been star-struck out here," Horschel said. "I respect all the veterans out here. I respect everyone that's put their time (in) out here. But at the same time, I'm as confident as I've ever been, and I feel just as good as anyone else in the world right now."

Horschel will begin the final day with a two-shot lead over Furyk and Charley Hoffman. He was four shots ahead of a trio that includes former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, who would like nothing better than to close out with a win Sunday on his way to next week's Masters.

LPGA Tour

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - Inbee Park opened a three-stroke lead in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, twice hitting to 2 1/2 feet to set up back-nine birdies in a bogey-free round.

Park, a 24-year-old South Korean, shot a 5-under 67 Saturday to reach 12 under at Mission Hills, putting her in position for her second major title and second victory of the year. She won the 2008 U.S. Women's Open and added her fourth LPGA Tour title in February in Thailand.

Lizette Salas, a stroke behind Park entering the round, had a 69 to remain second.

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