Curran 'not caring' his way into SHO mix with third-round 69


HUMBLE, Texas – Three years ago, Jon Curran would have been “freaking” at Sunday’s possibilities.

Yet now, with the Tour regular in the top 10 here after a third-round 69 at the Shell Houston Open, he says, “I feel really calm.”

For that Curran – who has roomed with Keegan Bradley for the past five years in Florida – credits work with sports psychologist Greg Cartin, who has helped the 27-year-old stay calm and present on the course.

“The 2011 Jon would have been like, What kind of money am I going to make here?” Curran said. “Now, I don’t really care about much on the golf course. I’ve really lost a lot of that. I think it’s really freed me up to be able to play my game and develop naturally.”

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Curran was the NGA (formerly Hooters Tour) Player of the Year in 2013, when he won a tour-best three times and finished seventh or better in seven events. He could match his entire NGA earnings of $102,965 with a 17th-place finish this week, not to mention earn another PGA Tour start with a top 10 here.

Last fall, he secured his Tour card by holing a 20-foot putt on the final hole of the developmental Q-School. Curran won in his third start this year on that circuit, at the Brasil Champions, and steady play the rest of the season should send him to the PGA Tour full-time for the first time.

“It’s definitely taken a lot of pressure off,” he said. “I feel comfortable out here and feel good.”