Tracker: McIlroy cards 71, Horschel leads

Rory McIlroy during the third round of the Valero Texas Open.

Rory McIlroy during the third round of the Valero Texas Open.

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Rory McIlroy carded a 1-under 71 on Saturday at the Valero Texas Open.

But neither he nor anyone else could gain on leader Bill Horschel, who fired a 2-under 70 to hold onto his two-shot lead heading into Sunday's final round at TPC San Antonio. Horschel, who is 10 under overall, has made 21 straight cuts now on the PGA Tour and is searching for his first Tour victory. It's also the first time he has led after 54 holes on Tour.

McIlroy birdied two of his first three holes, but a pair of three-putts resulted in bogeys at Nos. 10-11. He responded with birdies at Nos. 12 and 14, and is still within striking distance at 6 under with one round left.

Charley Hoffman and Jim Furyk are tied for second at 8 under, while Bob Estes, the 1994 winner of this event, and former Texas A&M player Ryan Palmer are tied with McIlroy for fourth place. Furyk has currently gone 71 holes without a three-putt.

See how it all unfolded Saturday in San Antonio:

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Update No. 33: 5:08 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy finds the right rough off the tee at the par-5 18th, but goes for the green in two. He misses just left, finding a greenside bunker. He hits out, but the ball catches a ridge and rolls back toward the front of the green and away from the hole. His birdie try is hit to about a foot and Rory taps in for par to wrap up a 1-under 71. He'll enter Sunday in contention at 6 under.

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Update No. 32: 4:55 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel misses the green at No. 15 and after chipping 10 feet past the hole, he misses the par save just right to drop to 10 under. He still leads Charley Hoffman by two shots.

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Update No. 31: 4:40 p.m. EDT

Bill Horschel responds to Charley Hoffman's birdie at No. 14 with a birdie of his own, moving to 11 under. He leads Hoffman by three shots.

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Update No. 30: 4:34 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy nearly makes birdie at the par-3 16th, leaving his 15-footer from the fringe just in front of the center bunker a little left. There have only been three birdies today at No. 16, so McIlroy isn't alone as he taps in for par.

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Update No. 29: 4:25 p.m. EDT

A bogey at No. 18 drops Padraig Harrington to 5 under, as he finishes off a 2-under 70. He's T-7 at the moment along with Martin Laird, who is in the clubhouse with a 70 of his own.

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Update No. 28: 4:14 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy birdies the par-5 14th – his second birdie in three holes – to move to 6 under. He's T-4 right now with Padraig Harrington, who is 3 under for his round today.

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Update No. 27: 3:48 p.m. EDT

Looks like Bud Cauley is still struggling to find his game. Cauley birdied four of his first nine holes and had made his way up to 4 under. But he bogeyed six holes on the back nine and will enter Sunday at 1 over for the tournament after a 1-over 73 today. It all seems to boil down to the putter. If Cauley is putting well, he's usually scoring well. If the flatstick isn't cooperating, Cauley tends to struggle.

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Update No. 26: 3:45 p.m. EDT

Ryan Palmer, a former Texas A&M player, just wrapped up a bogey-free 4-under 68 to enter the final round at 6 under.

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Update No. 25: 3:31 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy gets one back with a birdie at No. 12. That moves him back to 5 under. Also, Billy Horschel chips in for a second straight birdie, his latest coming at No. 10 to move him to 10 under.

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Update No. 24: 3:22 p.m. EDT

Jim Furyk makes just the fourth birdie of the day at the par-4 10th, moving to 8 under after draining the 15-footer.

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Update No. 23: 3:16 p.m. EDT

It's back-to-back three-putts for Rory McIlroy, who bogeys Nos. 10-11 to fall back to 4 under.

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Update No. 22: 3:13 p.m. EDT

Bill Horschel rebounds from his bogey at No. 8 with a tap-in birdie at No. 9 to move back to 9 under. Also, Charley Hoffman three-putts for bogey at No. 9 to drop out of the lead and back to 8 under.

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Update No. 21: 2:57 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel bogeys the par-5 eighth after running his birdie try from the back fringe 7 feet by. He then missed the par save to drop to 8 under. Meanwhile, Charley Hoffman birdies the hole to take the solo lead at 9 under.

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Update No. 20: 2:50 p.m. EDT

Jim Furyk birdied his opening two holes and now has another one at the par-5 eighth to move to 7 under.

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Update No. 19: 2:43 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy makes the turn at 6 under. He birdied two of his first three holes, but is only 1 under for the round.

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Update No. 18: 2:26 p.m. EDT

Bob Estes won the Texas Open back in 1994. Now, nearly 20 years later, he's in contention in San Antonio. Estes is 4 under through 12 holes today, and is solo third at 7 under overall.

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Update No. 17: 2:23 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy can't take advantage of the par-5 eighth, but he makes a 6-footer to save par and remain at 6 under.

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Update No. 16: 2:07 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel moves back to 9 under after a birdie at No. 5. Horschel went for the green off the tee, but ended up in the left greenside bunker. He managed to get up-and-down for birdie, though, to retake sole possession of the top spot. Daniel Summerhays also birdie the hole, finding the green off the tee, and he moves to 6 under.

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Update No. 15: 2:03 p.m. EDT

K.J. Choi and Retief Goosen each stuck their approaches at the par-4 sixth to within 6 feet or so, and both made birdie, Choi moving to 5 under and Goosen to 3 under.

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Update No. 14: 1:48 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel drops to 8 under and into a tie with Charley Hoffman for the lead after a bogey at No. 4. It could've been worse, though, as Horschel left his par chip about 8 feet short and had to make the mid-range bogey save.

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Update No. 13: 1:38 p.m. EDT

Jim Furyk misses a short par putt at No. 4 to fall back to 6 under. His playing competitor, Steven Bowditch, hit a sprinkler head near the green on his approach, but was able to save par to stay at 6 under. Also, Bud Cauley just missed another short par save at No. 11, his second straight, and he falls back to 4 under.

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Update No. 12: 1:34 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy goes for the short par-4 fifth off the tee, but misses way right. He gets a decent break, but his pitch runs past the hole, rolling down a slope on the left side of the green. He rolls the long birdie try close and saves par to remain at 6 under.

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Update No. 11: 1:26 p.m. EDT

Bud Cauley misses a 5-footer for par at No. 10 to fall back to 5 under. Also, K.J. Choi just missed a long par save at No. 4 to drop to 4 under. He's 1 over on his round.

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Update No. 10: 1:21 p.m. EDT

Charley Hoffman follows Horschel with a birdie at No. 3. He moves to 8 under as a result and is now solo second.

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Update No. 9: 1:15 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel moves to 9 under after making a tough downhill, right-to-left breaking putt for birdie at No. 3. Also, Rory McIlroy left a chip well short at No. 4 and can't save par. He drops back to 6 under.

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Update No. 8: 1:10 p.m. EDT

Charley Hoffman and Daniel Summerhays have joined Rory McIlroy and Jim Furyk at 7 under. They are all still a shot back of leader Billy Horsche, who has made par at his first two holes.

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Update No. 7: 12:50 p.m. EDT

The birdies keeps coming for Bud Cauley, who is now 6 under thanks to four birdies in his first eight holes. Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy and Jim Furyk are now tied for second at 7 under. Both are 2 under early in their rounds.

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Update No. 6: 12:32 p.m. EDT

Make that 3 under through seven holes for Bud Cauley, who is 5 under now, three shots behind leader Billy Horschel, who has just teed off.

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Update No. 5: 12:27 p.m. EDT

Bud Cauley just birdied the par-4 sixth to move to 2 under on the day and 4 under overall. Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy remains at 6 under overall after a par at No. 2.

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Update No. 4: 12:08 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy starts with a birdie at the par-4 first hole, moving to 6 under, two shots back of leader Billy Horschel, who tees off in about 10 minutes.

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Update No. 3: 11:52 a.m. EDT

Padraig Harrington opened the tournament with a 68, but his 73 on Friday dropped him to five shots back of the lead. He's turning things around so far today, though. Harrington is 1 under through two holes to move to 4 under overall. Also, Bud Cauley is now 1 under through four holes today, and sits at 3 under for the tournament.

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Update No. 2: 11:42 a.m. EDT

After winning on the European Tour last week and then coming one spot short of earning a Masters invitation base on world ranking, Marcel Siem has one last shot at getting into the field at Augusta, and that is to win this week. He started with an opening-round 76, but a 67 on Friday brought him inside the cut line. He's 1 under through five holes today, moving to 2 under for the tournament, currently six back of the lead.

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Update No. 1: 11:26 a.m. EDT

Bud Cauley's T-16 showing last week in Houston could be the start of a turnaround. Cauley made the cut again this week – it was just his fourth cut made in 10 starts – after posting under-par rounds in each of the first two days. That was just the third time he's done that all season. He's already on the course today and is even through two holes. He's 2 under for the tournament.

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Friday's coverage

5 THINGS: While Billy Horschel jumped out to a two-stroke lead at the Valero Texas Open on Friday while Rory McIlroy closed with three straight birdies on the strength of reaching greens in regulation, says Adam Schupak. Story

TEE TIMES: Tee times for Saturday's third round of the Valero Texas Open. Click here

TRACKER: Billy Horschel took command in San Antonio after a second consecutive 68 moved him to 8 under, two ahead of Steven Bowditch, Charley Hoffman and Daniel Summerhays. How it happened

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Thursday's coverage

TEE TIMES: Here are the first- and second-round tee times and pairings for the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio. Click here

TRACKER: Both playing in the afternoon wave, Matt Bettencourt and Peter Tomasulo fired 5-under 67s to lead four others by one shot in San Antonio. How it happened

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Pre-tournament coverage

TEE TIMES: Here are the first- and second-round tee times and pairings for the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio. Click here

PREDICTIONS: With the likes of Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter in the Valero Texas Open field, it is Fredrik Jacobson and Matt Kuchar that receive love from our panel. Story

MASTERS NOTES: Qualifying year after year has proven difficult for many, as of what could be termed “serious” contenders for this year's Masters, only 17 of them teed it up at Augusta National in 2003. Story

TOUR NOTES: The Dave Williams Golf Academy is referred to as "The Gateway to Success" - and it holds true, paying tribute to a coach who won the NCAA Championship 16 times. Story

AMERICAN DOMINANCE: Jonas Blixt of Sweden is becoming a footnote in history — the last foreign-born player to win on the PGA Tour. Story

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