You Oughta Know: Is Stenson due?


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.

• Lovemark’s best career result came at the 2009 Open, where he lost to Troy Matteson in a playoff that also included Rickie Fowler.

• 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.

Russell Henley is also T-3 despite missing each of his last five cuts. Henley won the 2013 Sony Open and 2014 Honda Classic, and he finished fourth in Houston a year ago.

• 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.