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@PGATourBrunch - Burns Leads after 54 holes at Houston Open
HEADING INTO FINAL ROUND at the Vivint Houston Open: The final round begins today at Memorial Park with Sam Burns leading an unusual top 5 of proven Tour champions or PGA pros seeking their first tournament win.
Burns shot a two-under (68) (-9) on Saturday and leads Jason Day (67) (-8) by a stroke. a talented and crowded leaderboard is within three.
Scoring averages have dropped each day (as the wind subsided).
Thursday, R-1: 72.303
Friday, R-2: 71.318
Saturday, R-3: 70.279
After an opening round two-over (72), world No. 1 Dustin Johnson is closing like a freight train. He recorded his second consecutive (66) and is the only player in the field with a round of (66) or better in both the second and third rounds.
Jason Day was asked if he’d have a slight advantage over Sam Burns and Carlos Ortiz with the fact he’s a 12-time PGA Tour winner. “I would say that I'd probably be a little bit more calmer than both those guys, but everyone's going to be nervous on the first tee. What I saw out of Carlos and Sam Burns, I think they're playing some pretty good golf, too, so they're going to be tough to beat,” said Day.
Carlos Ortiz is one of two players on the tour from Mexico with other being Abraham Ancer. Ortiz earned his PGA Tour card for the first time in 2014-15 after winning three times on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2014. He currently leads the field in Strokes Gained: Putting (6.785).
Sam Burns 68-65-68—201 (-9)
Jason Day 67-68-67—202 (-8)
Carlos Ortiz 67-68-67—202 (-8)
Sepp Straka 68-69-66—203 (-7)
Dustin Johnson 72-66-66—204 (-6)
FULL Leaderboard (link)
TEE Times begin at 8:00am (local)/9am (EST) (link)
Each player in the Top Five heading into today’s final round is either a Multi-time winner on tour or seeking his very first title (*).
1. Sam Burns*
T-2. Jason Day (12 wins)
T-2. Carlos Ortiz*
4. Sepp Straka*
5. Dustin Johnson (23 wins)
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
Jason Day in Contention (Fox Sports/AP)
DJ Lurking and Day One Back (CBS Sports)
Players Welcome Sight of Fans (PGA Tour dot com)
Masters Week is Here (ESPN dot com)
Dustin: Ready for Green Jacket: (Golf Digest)
TV/Media Coverage Today
TV Coverage: Sunday (11pm-4pm EST) - GOLF Channel
PGA Tour Radio Coverage: Sunday via Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio or online via PGATour.com (11am-4pm EST)
PGA Live: Sunday (9am-4pm EST)
THIRD ROUND HIGHLIGHTS (PGA Tour)