Billy Horschel has burst ahead in the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club, leading the field by two shots after 36 holes.
Billy carded another round of -4 under 66 to lead the Tour Championship with total of -8 under par, he tends to favor the back nine, recording his four birdies over the last ten holes;
“That’s the way it’s been lately, I’ve been playing one side better than the other. I probably should have shot a little lower on the front side today, but I’ll take those two nines again for two more days and see where that gets me.”
“Even though I won last week, I did it without my best stuff. That’s what gives me my confidence.”
He also spoke about his friend Rory;
“He’s a good buddy, if I happen to come out on top and we’re battling out these next two rounds, that means a lot.”
“The guy won three straight events in a row, and two of them happened to be majors. I think that’s pretty impressive. He’s at that stage where when you’re able to go toe to toe with one of the best players and the No. 1 ranked player in the world and you’re able to come out on top, that gives me a lot of confidence.”
The overnight co-leader Chris Kirk, with Rory McIlroy and Jason Day are tied in second place, just two shots back at -6 under par. Chris(No. 1) and Rory (No. 4) are also among the top 5 players who would automatically win the FedExCup with a victory at East Lake Golf Club. Jason (No. 10) needs a win and would also need the benefit of some help from the top five players.
Rory had an amusing escape from a wild tee shot that ricocheted around in the tree’s, and seemed to disappear. No one knew where it went until a fan realized it had fallen into the front pocket of his shorts.
A PGA TOUR rules official ascertained that the fan had not moved, so Rory was given a free drop under Rule 19-1-a, but he was not going to retrieve the ball himself;
“I know how sweaty my pockets are. I’m not going into anyone else’s. I need to stop hitting it off-line. Things happen there.”
“Before coming into these FedExCup Playoffs, it was going to be a great season, anyway. I wanted to cap it off in style, and I’ve given myself a chance to do that over the next two days.”
“I’m going into this week with nothing to lose. I’m the one that’s got the two majors this year. I’m the one that’s had the great season. Those are the guys that are trying to cap off a great season for themselves.”
“No matter what happens over the weekend, it’s going to be OK, but I still want to win this thing.”