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April 24 2013

2:21 PM

Horschel: I can't try any harder

Billy Horschel has posted top-10 finishes in his last three starts on the PGA TOUR.

By Brian Allee-Walsh, Special to PGATOUR.COM

AVONDALE, La. -- For Billy Horschel, the key for him to score his first victory on the PGA TOUR is fairly simple.

"Be in contention and no one shoot a 9 under or 6 under on the last day," a smiling Horschel said from inside the clubhouse at TPC Louisiana during a weather delay of Wednesday's pro-am on the eve of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Horschel has been knocking on heaven's door recently, having posted three consecutive top-10 finishes at the Shell Houston Open (T2), Valero Open (T3) and RBC Heritage (T9).

At the Valero Open, Horschel led after 54 holes but shot a final-round 71 and was overtaken by eventual champion Martin Laird who fired a course-record 9-under 63. Runner-up Rory McIlroy posted a 6-under 66.

At the Shell Houston, D.A. Points shot a final-round 66 and sank a birdie putt on the 72nd hole to avoid a playoff with Henrik Stenson and Horschel.

Though coming close is good for Horschel's ego and bank account, it's not the same as winning. But it has made him a fantasy favorite on the PGA TOUR.

"People tweet me and tell me they've picked me this week for their fantasy teams," Horschel said. "That's cool when they pick me, and hopefully, I can keep playing well for them. But no, I don't follow it too much."

Horschel credits his recent success to an improved short game, placing a greater emphasis on and around the green.

"I just got to keep doing the same thing I'm doing," he said. "I can't try any harder. I can't try and change anything. I just got to keep playing the way I've been playing. Keep the same practice habits, the same thinking, the same everything.

"Hopefully, that will help me break through and the (first) victory will come."

His faithful fantasy fans are banking on it.

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