You Oughta Know: History favors Barnes ... kind of


Ricky Barnes shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Valero Texas Open and sits just 18 holes away from his first PGA Tour win. Here's what You Oughta Know heading into the final round at TPC San Antonio.

• Four of the last five winners of this event held the 54-hole lead, with the only exception during that span being Martin Laird who started Sunday five off the pace in 2013.

• Barnes' only other 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour came at the 2009 U.S. Open, where he infamously collapsed with a final round 76 and finished T-2 behind Lucas Glover.

• Brendan Steele finished with a birdie on Sunday to get within a stroke of the lead, but his third-round 72 was his worst score of the week. The 2011 winner of this event hit six of 14 fairways Saturday and did not make a birdie until the 14th hole.

• Charley Hoffman is only two shots back and seeking his fourth career PGA Tour win. His 2-under 70 on Sunday was his 20th round under par here since 2010 and he's 40 under on this course since 2010, tops in both categories. Though he is a combined 26 over in final rounds this season, ranking 200th out of 201 players.

• Luke Donald, who's tied with Hoffman, finished runner-up last week at the RBC Heritage. The former world No. 1 has made only one bogey over his last 31 holes and his 4-under 68 was his ninth consecutive PGA Tour round of par or better.

Patrick Reed sits three off the pace and is eyeing his fifth PGA Tour title. The 25-year-old does have some experience coming from behind though, winning the 2015 Tournament of Champions after starting the final round two shots back.

• Billy Horschel will start Sunday four stokes behind Barnes, looking for his first PGA Tour title since the 2014 Tour Championship. He's won only once while starting from behind (2013 Zurich Classic), but may have the hottest putter of anyone in the field, finishing Saturday a perfect 16-for-16 on putts inside 10 feet.