"It's a historic moment always when we have a girl play in a PGA TOUR event", he said.
Brittany Lincicome and caddie Missy Pederson celebrate Lincicome's eagle on No. 17 during the completion of the Barbasol Championship second round on Saturday.
It wasn't enough to make Lincicome the second woman to make the halfway cut in a US PGA Tour event, but it improved on the first-round 78 she produced on Thursday - when she admitted she was battling nerves as just the sixth woman ever to tee it up on the US men's tour. "But my putter, obviously I was hitting it closer, which helped".
Conrad Shindler, one of the men in her group, called playing with Lincicome "a treat". The second round was to resume Saturday morning. Merritt followed up a 10-under par 62 with a round featuring seven birdies and two bogeys for a 15-under par total of 129.
Streb shot up the leaderboard with a nine-under 63 that included nine birdies without a bogey. "Obviously the scores were very low, so everybody is making a bunch of birdies, and I was just trying to keep up and have a chance (Sunday)".
Robert Streb, six-time PGA Tour victor Hunter Mahan, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt share the lead at 18 under after a busy day in which much of the field had to complete the rain-delayed second round before starting the third. Richy Werenski and Andres Romero were tied for fourth at three shots back.
Brittany Lincicome walked off the 18th green after her first PGA Tour event to applause before stopping on the way to the clubhouse to sign autographs and acknowledge spectators' warm wishes. Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam and Suzy Whaley also have played in PGA Tour events. She had six birdies in Saturday's rain-delayed second round at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club, highlighted by an eagle-3 at 17.
"I hit the ball a little bit better today", Horschel said.
"Then when it landed I was like, "OK it's on top" and then it rolled back and I was like, 'Oh my gosh'".
The men she left behind to battle for the trophy were set for a tense battle of their own come Sunday, with Robert Streb, Hunter Mahan, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt sharing the 54-hole lead on 18-under par 198, with another three players a stroke back and two more just two adrift.
"She had a smile on her face all day", said Sam Ryder, one of Lincicome's playing partners. Despite her roller-coaster performance, he said he felt her approach was consistent.
The victor of two LPGA Tour majors among eight victories overall blamed those struggles on her putter and vowed to improve.