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McIlroy, Horschel tied for lead

AP

Already established as the best player in golf, Rory McIlroy approached the FedEx Cup finale as though he had nothing to lose.

Except now he has so much to gain.

McIlroy was plodding along Saturday in the Tour Championship, frustrated by a pair of three-putt bogeys and a round that “wasn’t much to look at out there” when his prospects changed quickly. He fired a 5-iron from 209 yards up the hill to 25 feet on the par-5 15th and holed it for eagle to tie Billy Horschel for the lead. McIlroy finished with a chip out of thick grass behind the 18th green to save par for a 3-under 67.

Horschel made two bogeys on the back nine and had to settle for a 69, still his 11th straight round in the 60s during the FedEx Cup, and still in great position to leave Atlanta with the biggest Sunday payoff in golf.

“It’s going to be an exciting day,” Horschel said after posting his 11th consecutive round in the 60s during the FedEx Cup playoffs.