World No. 1 Schwartzler on verge of third straight title

World No. 1 in men’s golf, Scott Schauffler (USA), is on the verge of winning his third consecutive PGA Tour event.

Schauffler carded eight birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey for a 4-under-par 66 in the third round of the PGA Tour’s Texas Children’s Houston Open ($9.1 million purse) at Memorial Park Golf Course (Par 70) in Houston, Texas, USA, on Monday (July 31).

At 9-under 201, Schauffler is tied for the lead with David Skins (England), Stefan Jaeger (Germany), Alejandro Tosti (Argentina) and Thomas Detri (Belgium).

Schaeffler entered the day in contention for the title after tying for third in round one and tying for fourth in round two.

A victory would make it three in a row for Schauffler, who won the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Nov. 11 and the Players Championship on Nov. 18.

The last time a player won three consecutive PGA Tour events was Dustin Johnson (USA) in 2017, when he won the Genesis Open, 안전놀이터 추천 Mexico Championship, and Dell Technologies Match Play.

Through three rounds,

Schauffler ranks second in strokes gained (2.651) and seventh in putts gained (2.189). He averaged just 1.54 putts per green hit.

Schaeffler traded birdies and bogeys on Nos. 3 (par-5) and 4 (par-4) before reeling off three birdies on Nos. 6 through 9 to end the front half on a high note.

She dropped another stroke at the 10th (par-4) and 12th (par-4) before making bogey at the 13th (par-4) and a double bogey at the 15th (par-3) when her tee shot went into the water along the slope of the green.

However, Schauffler bounced back with back-to-back birdies on the 16th (par-5) and 17th (par-4) to make up for it.

Dunlap, who became the first PGA Tour amateur champion in 33 years in January, is one stroke back in a tie for sixth place (8-under 202) with Taylor Moore and Akshay Bhatia (USA), who will be looking for his first win as a professional.

Si-woo Kim is tied for 22nd (3-under par 207), while Kyung-hoon Lee and Sung-hyun Kim are tied for 34th (2-under par 208).

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