Horschel showing confidence is key in final stage

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LA QUINTA, Calif. -- For being just 26 years old, Billy Horschel is already a veteran when it comes to q-school.

This is Horschel's fourth appearance in the grueling six-day tournament, and he hopes it is his last, at least for the near future.

"I feel like I'm one of the best players out here," Horschel said. "If I just play close to what I'm capable of, I should get through."

So far, he's been just that, shooting a 66 Friday to get to 15 under and within three shots of the lead at PGA West.

Six years ago, however, it looked like Horschel wouldn't have to worry about being here.

He won individual medalist honors at the 2006 U.S. Amateur, opening with a tournament-record 60.

At the University of Florida, Horschel was a four-time All-American and in 2007 posted an impressive 3-1 record in the Walker Cup for a U.S. team that included Webb Simpson, Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler.

After turning professional in 2009 and getting his TOUR card via q-school, though, Horschel suffered a season-ending wrist injury the following year.

Ever since, Horschel has struggled to find consistency and bounced back and forth between the PGA TOUR and the Web.com Tour.

"2010 and 2011 was tough," Horschel said. "I had a ton of confidence after I got out of college and got through q-school and then I get injured and you're not the same player you were six months before the wrist surgery."

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