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Oosthuizen cruises to the top at Redstone

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By Seth Kerr

GolfWRX Staff Writer

Louis Oosthuizen looked lost for most of the front nine during the third round at the Shell Houston Open. Then on the eighth hole, he woke up and proceeded to make seven birdies in his next 11 holes.

Oosthuizen shot a third-round 66, which featured four birdies in a row from Nos. 12-15 to take a two shot lead into the final round over his nearest competitor, Hunter Mahan.

Mahan, who many believe has a legitimate chance to win his first major next week at Augusta, jumped into contention with a third-round 65. On Sunday, Mahan will look for his first stroke play win of the year after winning the Accenture Match Play.

For Mahan it has either been top 10 or bust in his previous appearances at the Shell. He has three top 10s in the last five years, but has missed the cut both other times.

Ernie Els continued to play well on Saturday, but unless he does something remarkable on Sunday it will not be enough to make it into the Masters on his own merit. Els has only made one bogey all week, but in what has been his problem all year, he hasn’t been able to get his putter going. Els is tied for 14th at 8-under par.

“I’m playing good,” Els said. “I’m just not getting it in the hole fast enough. I needed to get to 10 or 11-under today to have a realistic chance.”

Dr. Jekyll took control of Phil Mickelson’s putter today. Putting has been his strong suit all year but he couldn’t make anything in Round 3. He missed a number of makeable putts including a 32-inch birdie putt at the fourth hole.

Fred Couples, making his 600th career start on the PGA Tour, is tied for 37th place after shooting 1- under 71.

NBC has final round coverage from 3-6 p.m. EST.

Click here for ongoing discussion of the Shell Houston Open in the “Tour Talk” forum.

 

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Photos from the Web.com 2018 North Mississippi Classic

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GolfWRX is live today from the Web.com Tour’s 2018 North Mississippi Classic at the Country Club of Oxford.

Notables in the field this week include Stuart Appleby, Charlie Beljan, Zac Blair, Sam Burns, Roberto Castro, Erik Compton, Ken Duke, Tommy Gainey, Jason Gore, Ben Kohles, Dru Love, Daniel Summerhays, Willy Wilcox and more.

Check out all of the photos below from today at the North Miss. Classic!

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10 interesting photos from Wednesday at the Valero Texas Open

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Welcome to 10 Interesting Photos (10IP? No? OK). It’s the final day of tune up ahead of the Valero Texas Open, which is, fun fact, the third longest-running (non major) tournament on the PGA Tour.

We got an in-hand look at The Tank, K.J. Choi’s weaponry, as well a four general galleries and some of the coolest custom stamped wedges you’ll see, c/o JT Poston.

Let’s take a look at the photos!

First up, some more love-em-or-hate-em Jordans from Keegan Bradley

Amid a pretty standard bag, an impressive Pingman putter cover

JT Poston, AKA, The Postman’s, 60 degree, ladies and gentlemen

Vintage X Hot sighting!

Kevin Chappell with the coveted Miura and Fourteen combo

K.J. Choi’s putter shaft! (AMI Stability?)

Scott Piercy remains the king of lead tape on Tour

K>J. Choi is gaming Ping G400 irons

And look at the face on (one of) his Ping putter(s)

Keith Mitchell’s Mizuno “MIZ” pom-pom headcover, though

 

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Wednesday’s Photos from the 2018 Valero Texas Open

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2018 Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks Course), which plays as a par-72 measuring 7,435 yards for the event.

Sergio Garcia acted as a consultant to Greg Norman for the course’s 2010 design, and he’ll play in the event for the first time in seven years. Joining Garcia in the field are a number of the game’s top players, including Wesley Bryan, Keegan Bradley, Kevin Chappell, Luke Donald, Harris English, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Retief Goosen, J.B. Holmes, Billy Horschel, Charley Hoffman, Beau Hossler, Zach Johnson, Martin Kaymer, Matt Kuchar, Pat Perez, Adam Scott, Brandt Snedeker, Jimmy Walker and more.

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Last year, Chappell holed an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th to win by one stroke over Brooks Koepka to capture his first ever PGA Tour victory.

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