2003 Open Champion, Ben Curtis, is close to breaking his six-year duck on the PGA Tour as he goes into the final round of the Valero Texas Open with a three shot lead at nine-under par (Ben Curtis 8/13 to win). After two flawless bogey-free rounds of 67 on Thursday and Friday, Curtis was forced to battle on moving day, recovering from two double bogeys to come away with a round of 73 and leave him three shots ahead of first round leader Matt Every.
Matt Every has failed to live up to his record-breaking round of 63 on Thursday and has only made five birdies since then, accompanying them with eight bogeys (Matt Every 6/1 to win). He will need another good round of golf to have any chance of lifting the trophy come Sunday and may also need Curtis to come back into the pack slightly. Although on this course anything is possible, as was shown yesterday with numerous players faltering. The likes of Cameron Tringale, Hunter Haas and Harris English all fell back from promising positions with rounds of 76, 77 and 80 respectively and nothing will come easy for the leader as he goes about defending his three shot advantage.
The next in the chasing pack are Korean duo Seung-Yul Noh and Charlie Wi on four-under par (Charlie Wi 20/1 to win). PGA Tour rookie, John Huh, is also well placed on the same score after a remarkable comeback. Huh was nine-over par after his first eight holes of the tournament, however has somehow remained bogey free since then, making 13 birdies in his last 46 holes to leave himself in a decent position to pick up his second title of the season (John Huh 16/1 to win). Matt Kuchar is also still in with a shout at three-under par and certainly has the potential to go low here and pick up the pieces of Curtis falls back (Matt Kuchar 14/1 to win).