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  • Horschel holds slim Texas Open lead

  • SAN ANTONIO — Billy Horschel was confident about his chances of staying on top at the Texas Open after taking the second-round lead.
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  • SAN ANTONIO — Billy Horschel was confident about his chances of staying on top at the Texas Open after taking the second-round lead.
    The relatively unknown up-and-comer lived up to his words on Saturday, holding off an experienced leaderboard to shoot a 2-under 70 and take a two-shot lead entering the final round.
    Horschel finished second at last week's Houston Open, and he extended his PGA Tour-best streak of consecutive cuts made to 21 this week.
    Still, the Florida native faces the daunting task of fending off a trailing pack that includes former major winners Jim Furyk, Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington if he's to earn his first PGA Tour win today.
    Horschel enters the final day with a two-shot lead over Furyk and Charley Hoffman. He's four shots ahead of a trio that includes former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, who would like nothing better than to close out with a win today on his way to next week's Masters.
    McIlroy shot a 1-under 71 to reach 6 under overall. He tied for the low round on Friday with a 67, but he was inconsistent off the tee on Saturday and had four birdies and three bogeys.
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    At Sao Paulo, Brazil, Jason Allred did not make the cut after second-round play resumed on Saturday at the Brasil Classic.
    The Ashland native shot a 1-under-par 70 on Friday before rain halted play.
    Chile's Benjamin Alvarado returned to the Sao Paulo Golf Club course before sunrise and finished 11 holes of round two before turning back around and completing round three as darkness fell. The net result of 31 holes was 11 birdies, no bogeys and a three-stroke lead heading into today's finale.
    Kraft Nabisco Championship
    At Rancho Mirage, Calif., Inbee Park's 7-iron tee shot on the 168-yard 17th hole turned to left on a perfect line at the back-left pin, landed softly and rolled to 21/2; feet for yet another birdie in the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
    Bogey-free in her last 22 holes at Mission Hills, Park shot her second straight 5-under 67 in tricky wind conditions to reach 12 under.
    She's in position for her second major title and second victory of the year. She won the 2008 U.S. Women's Open and added her fourth LPGA Tour title in February in Thailand when Ariya Jutanugarn closed with a triple bogey to blow a two-stroke lead.
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