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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Valero Texas Open - Round 3

Billy Horschel maintains a two-stroke lead (10-under) after the third round of the Valero Texas Open, with Charley Hoffman still in hot pursuit and Jim Furyk now tied for second. Here are a few thoughts on the third round:

  • The wind blew and that seemed to favor Texans. Ryan Palmer and Bob Estes are now both tied for fourth at 6-under. It also didn't hurt Charley Hoffman. As I mentioned in his Rotoworld blurb today, his 2007 win at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic came in a final round with heavy wind. 
  • Horschel wasn't conventional today. He had five birdies, but two came from outside 25 feet, one was a chip-in and another was a 10-inch tap-in. The only seemingly "regular" birdie was a five-footer on the par-5 14th. I don't know that he can count on the smoke-and-mirrors of long birdie bombs and chip-ins in the finale. Especially given he has the disposition of a powder keg ready to blow at any time. He's got to chill out a little. 
  • Rory McIlroy only shot a 1-under today, but given the wind it was a pretty good round. He's Masters ready as are K.J. Choi, Padraig Harrington and Charl Schwartzel. 
  • If you're looking for a prediction for tomorrow, my gut is that Billy Horschel figures out a way to get it done, but he'll have to earn it. Charley Hoffman and Jim Furyk aren't going to both just give it to him. If it's windy, watch out for Ryan Palmer posting a number a group ahead.
Yahoo tomorrow will be McIlroy, Kuchar, Hoffman and Steele.

Best of luck!

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