Billy Horschel tied for lead in Florida

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February 24, 2023
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Billy Horschel carded a 5-under 65 featuring six birdies and a bogey on Thursday, his lowest score in 33 career rounds at The Honda Classic, for a share of the lead.

"Played really solid. Didn't do anything special. Hit some quality iron shots here and there. I wouldn't say everything was sort of automatic and it was easy. I had to just sort of work my way into making some good swings here and there.

"But overall it was a really solid day of golf. Making a couple putts there at number 11 and 13 from about 25, 30 feet never hurts. Sort of got me in a good frame of mind and got me with some good mojo going early.

"Early on the wind wasn't blowing and you could get, take some advantage of it. Then right around probably number 13 it started picking up a little bit. Picked up for six, seven holes. Then it laid down the last four, five holes for us. So conditions are, for here it's pretty ideal in the sense of wind.

"The course is really receptive. It's not nearly as firm and as fast as it has been in the past. I think that's sort of a conscious thing they have done. The rough's down a little bit. So, yeah, the course itself is a little bit softer and it's lending itself to some better scores. But you still got to hit quality golf shots around here. It's not like it's just easy now. You still got to step up and make some good swings on a lot of these holes."

Tied alongside Horschel is Joseph Bramlett who remained bogey-free and tied his lowest score on Tour this season. His form has been good recently having scored two top-10s in his last six starts after recording two in his first 109 starts.

"I thought my speed on the greens was the biggest thing I took away from today. I felt like I had really good feel for speed all day. I kept it out of trouble off the tee. So when I do those two things I usually score pretty well.

"I feel like I've slowly been building all season. I got off to a decent start in the fall and then I carried that over pretty well on the West Coast and had a chance at Pebble.

"So I feel like things have just continued to go the right direction. I had two weeks off. I worked really hard on my game. I'm really looking forward to this Florida swing."

Pierceson Coody, making his first start on Tour as a professional, recorded a bogey-free 66 for a share of third place at 4-under alongside fellow rookie Carson Young and reigning Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year Justin Suh.

Pierceson’s twin brother, Parker Coody, got into the field via the Open Qualifier and is currently T117 at 4-over.

The first round was suspended due to darkness at 6:18 p.m. with 12 players left on the course and will resume Friday at 7:45 a.m.

Pos.PlayerThruTo ParR1
T1Joseph BramlettF-565
T1Billy HorschelF-565
T3Pierceson CoodyF-466
T3Justin SuhF-466
T3Carson Young15-4-
T6Ben TaylorF-367
T6Tyler DuncanF-367
T6Adam SchenkF-367
T6Adrian MeronkF-367
T6Matt WallaceF-367
T6Ryan BrehmF-367
T6Sungjae ImF-367
T6Eric ColeF-367
T14Jason DufnerF-268
T14S.H. KimF-268
T14Will GordonF-268
T14Shane LowryF-268
T14Martin TrainerF-268
T14Kyle StanleyF-268
T14Geoff OgilvyF-268
T14Tyler ColletF-268
T14Tano GoyaF-268
T14Min Woo LeeF-268
T14Zach JohnsonF-268
T14Christiaan BezuidenhoutF-268
T14Harry HallF-268
T27Ben GriffinF-169
T27Brice GarnettF-169
T27Mark HubbardF-169
T27Sepp StrakaF-169
T27Aaron WiseF-169
T27Jhonattan VegasF-169
T27Kevin TwayF-169
T27Hayden BuckleyF-169
T27Chesson HadleyF-169
T27David LingmerthF-169
T27Michael GligicF-169
T27Scott HarringtonF-169
T27Paul Haley IIF-169
T27Brandon MatthewsF-169
T27Andrew NovakF-169
T27Ben MartinF-169
T27Cameron PercyF-169
T27J.B. HolmesF-169
T27Chris KirkF-169
T27Danny WillettF-169
T27Taylor PendrithF-169
T27Ryan GerardF-169
T49Fabián GómezFPar70
T49Jonathan ByrdFPar70
T49Tyson AlexanderFPar70
T49Chad RameyFPar70
T49Ryan ArmourFPar70
T49Greg ChalmersFPar70
T49Augusto NúñezFPar70
T49Carl YuanFPar70
T49Peter MalnatiFPar70
T49Adam SvenssonFPar70
T49Byeong Hun AnFPar70
T49Ben Silverman17Par-
T49Akshay Bhatia16Par-
T62Dylan FrittelliF+171
T62Davis RileyF+171
T62Rory SabbatiniF+171
T62Jim HermanF+171
T62Webb SimpsonF+171
T62Charley HoffmanF+171
T62Kramer HickokF+171
T62Ben CraneF+171
T62Zac BlairF+171
T62Brett DrewittF+171
T62Lee HodgesF+171
T62Cody GribbleF+171
T62Luke DonaldF+171
T62Adam LongF+171
T62Kelly KraftF+171
T62Stephan JaegerF+171
T62Aaron BaddeleyF+171
T62Brandon WuF+171
T62Trevor ConeF+171
T62Trevor Werbylo16+1-
T62Zecheng Dou15+1-
T83Henrik NorlanderF+272
T83Brian GayF+272
T83Ryan PalmerF+272
T83Kevin ChappellF+272
T83S.Y. NohF+272
T83Nick HardyF+272
T83Harry HiggsF+272
T83Bill HaasF+272
T83Michael KimF+272
T83Padraig HarringtonF+272
T83Robert StrebF+272
T83Cam DavisF+272
T83Doc RedmanF+272
T83Chris StroudF+272
T83Harrison EndycottF+272
T83Kevin RoyF+272
T83Vincent NorrmanF+272
T83Aaron RaiF+272
T83Anders AlbertsonF+272
T83Erik Barnes17+2-
T83Trace Crowe17+2-
T83Dylan Wu16+2-
T105Sung KangF+373
T105Brian StuardF+373
T105J.T. PostonF+373
T105Robby SheltonF+373
T105Jonas BlixtF+373
T105Max McGreevyF+373
T105Greyson SiggF+373
T105Austin CookF+373
T105William McGirtF+373
T105Ryan MooreF+373
T105Curtis Thompson17+3-
T105Sam Stevens17+3-
T117Sean O'HairF+474
T117Andrew LandryF+474
T117Grayson MurrayF+474
T117Austin EckroatF+474
T117Parker CoodyF+474
T117Jimmy WalkerF+474
T117Arjun AtwalF+474
T117Harris EnglishF+474
T117MJ DaffueF+474
T117Matti SchmidF+474
T117Nico Echavarria17+4-
T128Garrick HiggoF+575
T128Denny McCarthyF+575
T128Satoshi KodairaF+575
T128Richy WerenskiF+575
T128Matt KucharF+575
T128Russell KnoxF+575
T128Callum TarrenF+575
T128Matthias SchwabF+575
T136Andrew KozanF+676
T136Kyle WestmorelandF+676
T136Hank LebiodaF+676
T136Scott BrownF+676
T136Thomas DetryF+676
T141Erik van RooyenF+777
T141Brent GrantF+777
143Camilo VillegasF+1080
144Marcus Byrd16+11-
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