HUMBLE, Texas – Jamie Lovemark and Jim Herman share the lead through three rounds of the Shell Houston Open, where a trophy – and a potential Masters bid – are on the line. Here’s what You Oughta Know heading into the final round at the Golf Club of Houston:
• Lovemark and Herman are both in search of their first career win, and both hold a share of the lead for the first time on the PGA Tour.
• After struggling to maintain his card in recent years, Lovemark has four top-10 finishes this season highlighted by a T-6 finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in his most recent start.
• Herman, 38, made the FedEx Cup Playoffs for the first time last season. He has five top-10 finishes in 105 career PGA Tour starts, including a T-10 finish this season at the CIMB Classic.
• After failing to break 70 in each of his last 10 competitive rounds entering the week, Herman has broken 70 in each of his first three rounds in Houston.
• Henrik Stenson headlines a trio of players at 10 under, one shot behind Lovemark and Herman. He has had five runner-up finishes since his most recent worldwide win in November 2014 and finished T-3 two weeks ago at Bay Hill.
• Dustin Johnson is also alongside Stenson at 10 under. He has had at least one win in every season since 2008 – the longest such active streak on the PGA Tour – but has yet to win this season.
• Roberto Castro is alone in sixth, two shots back. A Houston native, Castro is looking to become the first Texas-born player to win in Houston since Johnson Wagner in 2008.
• Johnson and Stenson are among the 32 players in this week’s field already exempt for the Masters. A win by any other player, including Lovemark, Herman, Henley and Castro, will bring with it the final spot in next week’s event.