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April 7, 2013

Horschel holds on for Texas Open lead

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SAN ANTONIO —

Saturday’s gusty Texas wind provided McIlroy with a far different challenge than he’ll likely face next week at Augusta National.

“It was a tough scoring day,” McIlroy said. “It was hard to really go low under par.

“... I probably should have been a couple better, but at the end of the day, it’s still a solid round, and I still have a chance coming into tomorrow.”

Ryan Palmer had the low round on Saturday, posting a 4-under 68.

Furyk, playing the course for the first time this week — and after rain limited his practice round to four holes on Wednesday — birdied No. 18 to cap a 3-under effort for the day and to reach Sunday’s final pairing.

The former U.S. Open champion was consistent from tee to green, hitting 15 greens in regulation — a remarkable feat as the San Antonio wind switched to the south for the first time during the tournament. However, he took 31 putts after needing only 26 on Friday.

“It was funny to wake up and have the wind the dead opposite,” Furyk said. “What I was hitting hybrid into Thursday and Friday, I’m hitting 9-iron today.

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