HUMBLE, Texas – The highest-ranked player in this week’s field has backed up his credentials through three rounds in Texas. Here’s what You Oughta Know heading into the final round of the Shell Houston Open, where Jordan Spieth holds a one-shot lead:
• Spieth, 21, won last month at the Valspar Championship and finished runner-up last week at the Valero Texas Open. With a win, he would become the youngest player since 1940 to have two wins and a second in three straight starts.
• Spieth entered this week at a career-best No. 4 in the world rankings, and would rise to No. 2 with a victory.
• Spieth has held at least a share of the 54-hole lead three times before, but failed to win all three times. His last 54-hole lead came at The Players in 2014, where he finished T-4.
• Wagner earned his first win at this event in 2008, but has only conditional status this season and is playing this week on a sponsor invite.
• Houston resident Shawn Stefani is at 12 under, alone in fifth place and two behind Spieth. Stefani plays regularly at the Golf Club of Houston and finished fifth here a year ago.
• Cook isn’t the only Monday qualifier playing well; Englishman Kelvin Day is T-6 through three rounds. Day has Web.com Tour status and is making his first PGA Tour start this week.
• Paul Casey earned his lone PGA Tour win in Houston in 2009 and is once again contending. He enters the final round tied for sixth after a playoff loss at the Northern Trust Open in February and a third-place finish at the Honda Classic last month.