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Sport Sung Kang leads Rickie Fowler by 3 at Houston Open

09:16  02 april  2017
09:16  02 april  2017 Source:   ap.org

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HUMBLE, Texas -- Sung Kang shot a 1-under 71 to hold a three-shot lead over Rickie Fowler after the third round of the Houston Open on Saturday. Kang will be grouped with Fowler , something both players said they look forward to as they enter the final round. Kang has never led a tournament

Sung Kang ' s lead at the Shell Houston Open was cut in half on Saturday, but the journeyman from South Korea will still be the player to beat in the final round, which is likely to come down to a match-play scenario with Rickie Fowler if the weather cooperates. Kang fought through the blustery winds


HUMBLE, Texas — Sung Kang shot a 1-under 71 to hold a three-shot lead over Rickie Fowler after the third round of the Houston Open on Saturday.

After shooting a tournament course record 9-under 63 on Friday, Kang took a commanding six-shot lead with a 36-hole tournament record of 129 through two rounds.

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However, on Saturday, it was Fowler's day to chase history, shooting a 5-under 67 to trim Kang's lead as they head into the final round.

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HUMBLE, Texas (AP) — Sung Kang shot a 1-under 71 to hold a three-shot lead over Rickie Fowler after the third round of the Houston Open on Saturday. After shooting a tournament course record 9-under 63 on Friday, Kang took a commanding six-shot lead with a 36-hole tournament record of 129

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After Thursday's 8-under 64, Fowler held a one-shot lead over Kang after the first round, but slipped to fourth on Friday with a 71. He returned to form on Saturday and has a PGA Tour career-best 22 birdies through three rounds.

Behind Kang and Fowler at 17-under 199 and 14-under 202 through three rounds, respectively, Russell Henley is 13-under 203 and Luke List is 12-under 204. No one else is within eight shots of Kang.

Kang, the 29-year-old South Korean who entered the week ranked No. 202 in the world, could earn an invitation to next week's Masters with a win on Sunday.

Playing one hole behind Fowler throughout the day, Kang played in the shadows of Fowler's stardom and the roar of the crowd rooting for a big comeback.

Kang gave up the lead briefly after a putt lipped out of the hole on 16 by taking a full circle around the cup before sneaking out.

Sung Kang (63) opens huge lead at Shell Houston Open

  Sung Kang (63) opens huge lead at Shell Houston Open It was Rickie Fowler's day early on Thursday, but he's been blown out of the water already a day later. Sung Kang fired a 9-under 63 in the second round of the Shell Houston Open, putting him out to 16 under and a seven-shot lead at the Golf Club of Houston when he entered the clubhouse.Yes, a seven-shot lead.Kang was just one back to start the day, but he took advantage of being in the morning wave by posting three birdies (a 21-footer on 11, a 10-footer on 15 and a 25-footer on 17) on his opening nine (the back) to move to 10 under and on top of the leaderboard.But then he really heated up.

Sung Kang shot a 1-under 71 to hold a three-shot lead over Rickie Fowler after the third round of the Houston Open on Saturday. After shooting a tournament course record 9-under 63 on Friday, Kang took a commanding six-shot lead with a 36-hole tournament record of 129 through two rounds.

RELATED Sung Kang leads Rickie Fowler by 3 at Shell Houston Open . Since the Shell Houston Open moved to the Tournament Course in 2006, six third-round leaders/co-leaders have parlayed that position into a win: Phil Mickelson (2011), Anthony Kim (2010), Paul Casey (2009), Johnson Wagner

On the final two holes of the day, however, it was Fowler who had his share of misfortunes on his putts. He bogeyed on 17 and double-bogeyed on the 18th hole to give Kang a little more breathing room heading into the final round.

Sunday's tee times have been moved up to 7:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Central with threesomes off split tees to try to avoid heavy thunderstorms and rainfall expected in the late morning to early afternoon.

Heavy winds approaching 25-30 mph at times and cloudy skies resulted in much higher scores on Saturday than were seen on Friday, with the average score around 1 over par.

Kang will be grouped with Fowler, something both players said they look forward to as they enter the final round. Kang has never led a tournament on the PGA Tour after three rounds. He said he was well aware of Fowler's pursuit on Saturday, thanks to the crowd.

"I heard a lot of noise in front of us so I was like, 'Oh, I know something big is going on up there,'" Kang said.

Kang shoots 63, sets Houston Open 36-hole record

  Kang shoots 63, sets Houston Open 36-hole record Sung Kang shot a 9-under 63 to take a six-shot lead in a record-breaking second round at the Houston Open on Friday. After shooting a 65 on Thursday, Kang was at 16-under 128 through two rounds, setting the 36-hole tournament record of 129 by a stroke, set previously by Blaine McCallister in 1993 and Curtis Strange in 1980.

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Rickie Fowler sits three shots and will join Kang in the final group in Round 4. The Shell Houston Open is contested at the Golf Club of Houston , near Humble in Texas. Jim Herman captured his first PGA TOUR win and beat Henrik Stenson by one shot in 2016.

Fowler said he's ready to shake off his struggles on the last two holes.

"I drove it well, hit a lot of fairways, hit a lot of greens and made some good putts," Fowler said. "I'm not looking at the last two holes. It was a great day of golf, and I put myself in a position to win a golf tournament tomorrow."

Fowler said he likes the challenge of playing from behind and hopes to put some pressure on Kang.

Kang said he'll be playing conservatively and defensively, especially with the strong possibility of inclement weather on the way.

For the third straight day, however, Kang insisted that he doesn't have his sights set on earning a last-minute invitation to the Masters.

"Even if I think about it, it's going to happen or not," Kang said with a grin. "Why do I want to think about that? I'm so tired right now. I have no power to think about anything."

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