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April 7 2013

12:00 PM

Can Horschel hang on at Valero?

Billy Horschel is in unfamiliar territory as he gets set to tee off (12:35 p.m. ETC) in the final round at the Valero Texas Open.

This is the first time Horschel has held a lead through 54 holes on the PGA TOUR, but he's been hot lately, finishing second last week in Houston and having racked up nearly $1 million in earnings before the calendar turned to April.

A couple of reasons why Horschel is where he is, with an invitation to the Masters awaiting should he hang on.

-- Through three rounds at TPC San Antonio, which has some of the largest greens on TOUR, Horschel leads the field in putting average and strokes gained-putting.

-- Of the seven bogeys Horschel has made this week, five times he has followed with a birdie on the next hole. That also leads the field.

Now the question is, can he win?

Jim Furyk and Charley Hoffman are two strokes back, while three others, including Rory McIlroy, are another two back. The wind is also blowing at TPC San Antonio.

The good news is history is on Horschel's side. Each of the last two winners there -- Ben Curtis and Brendan Steele -- held the lead going into the final round.

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