Horschel jumps into BMW lead, McIlroy stumbles

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CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, US: Billy Horschel, who is determined to put Monday’s (Tuesday in Manila) tough finish fast behind him, fired a third-round 63 to vault three shots clear of the field at the BMW Championship.

Horschel capped his bogey-free round at the Cherry Hills Country Club by rolling in a 32-foot birdie putt on No. 18.

It was a far cry from his final hole at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday when he chunked his second shot well short into the hazard and had to settle for a bogey.

Horschel finished in a tie for second place after having arrived at the 18th tee just one shot behind winner Chris Kirk.

“I was over it real quickly,” Horschel said. “It was just a bad swing at the wrong time.

“There are bigger things in life than hitting a fat six iron in a hazard.”

Tell that to world number one Rory McIlroy, who suffered the ignominy of a triple-bogey in his third round.

McIlroy’s assault threatened to dissolve as he four putted on the par-three 12th. The Northern Irishman ended up posting a 72, which dropped him into a tie for 10th at four-under 206.

McIlroy joked about his triple-bogey wobble on Twitter.

“Glad everybody enjoyed my 4 putt today . . . always tomorrow to get a few shots back and get up that leaderboard!” he said.

Horschel ended 54 holes at 13-under-par 197 at the $8 million Colorado PGA Tour event.

Ryan Palmer, who was runner-up at the Humana Challenge and The Honda Classic, posted a 67 and is alone in second on 200.

US Open champion Martin Kaymer (64) and Masters winner Bubba Watson (66) share third place at eight-under 202, five shots adrift of Horschel but still in the hunt.

AFP

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