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ATLANTA---Billy Horschel showed why he might
be the hottest player in golf at the moment with
another 4-under 66 on yesterday in the Tour Cham-
pionship. It was his 10th straight round in the 60s.
He already has a victory and a runner-up finish in
the FedEx Cup playoffs.
And now he gets to take on the best player in golf.
Rory McIlroy rode three big putts and one bizarre
break---a tee shot landed in a spectator s pocket---on
his way to a 65 that left him two shots behind and
put him in the final group at East Lake going into
the homestretch of the FedEx Cup.
At stake for both of them---along with Chris Kirk---
is a shot at the $10 million bonus.
That he has done.
Horschel is 35 under par in his last ten rounds. He
was runner-up at the Deutsche Bank Championship
two weeks ago, when he squandered a shot to at
least get into a playoff by chunking a 6-iron into a
hazard. And he followed that with a victory in the
BMW Championship at Cherry Hills.
And now he has a pair of 66s, putting him at 8-
under 132 at East Lake.
McIlroy made his only bogey with a buried lie at
the face of a bunker on No. 4, causing him to blast
out sideways. He bounced back with birdies, and
poured it on at the end of his round with a 12-foot
par save, a 20-foot birdie and a 25-foot birdie.
And then there was his par on the 14th, which
looked ordinary only on paper. His tee shot drifted
right into the pine trees, clattered around and dropped
straight down. No one knew where it went until a
fan realized it had fallen into the front pocket of his
PGA Tour rules official Robby Ware made sure the
fan had not moved, and McIlroy was given a free
drop under Rule 19-1-a.
Retrieving the ball? McIlroy wasn t going there.
Horschel takes 2-shot lead in Tour Champ
CANGAS DO MORRAZO---Australian cyclist Adam
Hansen won the hilly 19th stage of the Spanish
Vuelta yesterday, while Alberto Contador maintained
the red leader s jersey with two days to go.
Hansen attacked on a short uphill stretch with five
kilometers (three miles) left on the 180.5-kilometre
(112-mile) ride from Salvaterra do Mino to Cangas
The peloton didn t react in time to reel him in,
giving the Lotto Belisol rider the chance to zip up
his maillot and pump both fists in the air before he
crossed the finish line.
"It was a surprise," Hansen said. "I saw that the
climb had eliminated the sprinters and I wanted to
do something at the end."
Contador maintained his lead of 1 minute, 19 sec-
onds over Chris Froome as the five-time grand tour
winner closes in on a possible sixth major title.
The penultimate stage is a demanding mountainous
route of 185.7 kilometres (115.3 miles) starting in Santo
Estevo de Ribas de Sil and finishing at the special-
category summit at Puerto de Ancares. Froome shaved
some time off Contador s lead on the previous moun-
Earlier yesterday, the peloton swallowed up three
escapees at the foot of the stage s second category-
Sky s Dario Cataldo crashed as the peloton accel-
erated down from the category-two Alto Monte Faro.
After lying prone on his back on the side of the road,
he was able to recover and eventually finish the stage.
Contador said he was behind Cataldo when he
crashed and almost went down with him.
The 21-stage race finishes with an individual time
trial in Santiago de Compostela tomorrow. (AP)
Hansen wins 19th
McIlroy was joined by Jason Day, who
made bogey on his last hole for a 67; and
Kirk, who made two bogeys on the back
nine that offset a run of four straight birdies
around the turn for a 68.
Kirk, Horschel and McIlroy are among
the top five seeds in the FedEx Cup, meaning
a victory would guarantee the $10 million
McIlroy seized the No 1 ranking by win-
ning the British Open, a World Golf Cham-
pionship and the PGA Championship in
successive starts. He was the top seed going
into the FedEx Cup, though because the
points are reset for East Lake, the 25-year-
old from Northern Ireland always knew it
would come down to the Tour Champi-
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