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Horschel in FedEx hunt after win

Billy Horschel won his second PGA Tour event and catapulted himself into FedEx Cup contention with victory at the BMW Championship in Denver.

Horschel finished with a steady round of 69 to leave him 14 under for the week and two shots clear of Bubba Watson who recorded a third consecutive round of 66.

The American is now second in the FedEx Cup rankings going into next week's Tour Championship with Chris Kirk, winner of the Deutsche Bank Championship last week, leading the way.

Horschel was in a good position to win that tournament last week, before ending up in a share of second, but earned himself a modicum of redemption in Denver.

The 27-year-old will now hope he can take some momentum into next week as he aims for the 10million US dollar (£6.1million) bonus that comes with wining the FedEx Cup.

Horschel had three birdies and two bogeys on the front nine, but came home in nine pars to hold off Watson who had six birdies and two bogeys.

Morgan Hoffmann was a shot further back after following up Saturday's 62 with a 63 to fire himself into the top 30 of the FedEx Cup rankings and earn himself a place in Atlanta next week.

Ryan Palmer was the only other player who started the week outside of that group to muscle his way in and he finished with a 71 to sit two shots behind Hoffman alongside Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler.

Coming into the closing stages, it looked as if Garcia was going to be Horschel's closest challenger after reaching the turn in 29 and picking up a further shot to stand on the 17th tee just two shots behind.

But the Spaniard put his fourth shot from behind the green into the water and could not get up and down from the resulting drop to leave him with a triple-bogey eight.

World number one Rory McIlroy, who heads to Atlanta fourth in the rankings, was a further shot back alongside Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth after shooting a 66.

Keegan Bradley withdrew from the tournament on Saturday and saw himself drop out of the top 30 while defending champion Henrik Stenson did not do enough to get himself through to next week.


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