Final Round Update – PGA Tour – Shell Houston Open – Golf Club of Houston –
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The final pairing at the PGA Tour’s Shell Houston Open might have had a difficult time sleeping between the third and fourth rounds.
The 54-hole overnight co-leader Jim Herrman is a journeyman searching for his first PGA Tour victory. Herman carded a bogey-free 67 Saturday on Moving Day and found himself tied with Jamie Lovemark at 11-under.
Herman, 191st in the Official World Golf Ranking, struggled earlier this season missing five cuts. The 38-year-old from Cincinnati posted his season-best effort last fall at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
For Lovemark, the 27-year-old nearly won the Frys.com Open in 2009 finishing runner-up in a playoff. Since then, poor play and injury hampered his game. But, 2016 has produced four Top 10s including three straight early in the season. At 119th
in the world ranking, this is a golden opportunity for the one-time “can’t miss” kid.
The problem for the final pairing might be the pressure along with the chasers at Country Club of Houston. Top 10 players Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson sit just a shot back at 10-under alongside Russell Henley, who finished fourth here last year a shot outside the playoff.
Stenson and Johnson were both 12-to-1 betting picks heading into the week at golfodds.com.
While the lead group tees of at 1:45 p.m. eastern time, the Stenson-Henley pairing at 1:36 p.m. could produce the eventual champion.
If you like players coming out of the pack to steal victory, look for Charley Hoffman to bounce back from Saturday’s 74. He was the only player on the first page who shot over par. At 8-under just three back, he is T-7 and could produce a 5- or 6-under round to make it interesting down the stretch.
Lurking all week has been Rickie Fowler.
He is T-10 at 7-under and keeps coming despite some untimely double bogeys. Other headlines might have too many players between them and the top, but are certainly making a run to gear up the Masters next week in Augusta.
Jordan Spieth is T-14 at 5-under alongside fellow former Green Jacket champions Phil Mickelson and Charl Schwartzel.
Other Golf News:
- Scott Dunlap (9-under) leads Jerry Smith by two shots and Miguel Angel Jimenez by three strokes through 36 holes at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic on the Champions Tour. Jeff Maggert and Tom Pernice Jr. are T-4 with a shot at the title.
- While Herman was a “Field” bet at 11-to-4 odds, Lovemark was a whopping 80-1 long-shot selection to win in Houston. Hoffman, with four career wins, entered at 60-1.
- Lexi Thompson (10-under) leads the ANA Inspiration – the season’s first major championship on the LPGA Tour—by a stroke through three rounds. Three others including last year’s U.S. Women’s Open champ In Gee Chun, Ariya Jutanugarn and World No. 1 Lydia Ko make up the group at T-2. Charley Hull and Ai Miyazata are just two back at T-5 heading into the final round at Mission Hills Country Club.
- Lexi, who leads the LPGA Tour in Driving Distance and Greens In Regulation, is looking for her second ANA Inspiration championship in three years.