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Unproven leaders face challenge at TPC Southwind

Final Round update — PGA Tour — FedEx St. Jude Classic — TPC Southwind — Memphis, Tennessee —

Heading into the final round of golf at TPC Southwind, unproven players top the leader board at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Greg Owen and Fabian Gomez — both in search of their maiden PGA Tour victories — are tied at 9-under and tee off at 1:50 p.m. local time in Memphis. Both were long-shot betting picks to win this week.

Owen shot 3-under-67 Saturday to earn a spot in the final pairing. He opened the week with a 6-under round to share the overnight lead.

Plenty of players are within striking distance in Memphis including 36-hole leader Brooks Koepka — the most-recent proven winner in the mix. He won last November on the European Tour and then captured the PGA Tour stop in Phoenix earlier this season. Brooks should bounce back from a 1-over round Saturday.

Scott Brown, a 125-1 long shot to win this week, is T-2 at 8-under alongside Koepka. Austin Cook and Matt Jones are 6-under with 18 holes to play. A host of names sit at 5-under including Ryan Palmer, Chad Campbell, David Toms and Camilo Villegas.

Owen, the 43-year-old Englishman, brings 23 years of professional experience into the final round. He is first in Greens In Regulation this week and 5th in Strokes Gained Putting. He entered the week 342nd in the world rankings. His last Top 10 on tour was in 2012. He did win last year on the Web.com Tour.

Consider Koepka and Palmer to make a run Sunday. At 28-to-1 odds at www.skybet.com to star the week, Koepka is just a shot back, while Palmer (16-1) sits four back and T-7. Palmer, who shared the lead here after 18 holes, logged Top 5s here in 2012 and 2013.

Koepka and Palmer are 23rd and 26th in the Official World Golf Rankings respectively.

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