Billy Horschel shot 72 in the third round of the U.S. Open.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
ARDMORE, Pa. -- Billy Horschel can be a whirling dervish of energy and nerves but he's harnessed it well through the first three rounds of the U.S. Open.
The Floridian, who picked up his first PGA TOUR win earlier this year at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, started Saturday's third round with a share of the lead with Phil Mickelson and handled the pressure of the final pairing with considerable poise.
Not that he didn't get frustrated, but the 72 he shot still left Horschel in the thick of things at 1 under, two strokes behind Lefty. He's happy with his position and the opportunity at hand.
""I feel more comfortable coming from behind," Horschel explained. "I don't know why that is. I've always been like that my whole life. I would like to have the lead going into the final round, that's always a great thing to have, so maybe one day I can.
"There's many more years of chances of that for me. But I feel comfortable coming from behind, I feel like I'm in a good position that I can go out, post a good number, and see what happens."
Horschel couldn't duplicate the precision he displayed in the third round when he hit all 18 greens in regulation. But he wasn't as worried about the seven missed greens and five missed fairways as he was by the 31 putts he needed to complete the round.
"You know what, I didn't have my best stuff today," Horschel said. "Obviously I'm not going to hit 18 greens in a row like I did yesterday. That's a feat in itself. But I hit the ball good enough to play well. Unfortunately, I putted very bad. My speed was bad.
"My perfection side kind of came out in me to kind of have the perfect speed and hit the perfect line, and I haven't done that all this year. I've been pretty good at just sort of getting up there, just hit the putt, trust what I want to do. And if it goes in, it goes in.
"But my speed was bad, I just putted bad. And I didn't have my good stuff, but I'm right still in it and I'm happy about it. I can go out tomorrow and hopefully play a good round and maybe post a number and get off early and see what happens."