Curtis rallies to maintain Texas Open lead

Former British Open winner Ben Curtis managed to overcome a pair of double bogeys in the third round of the PGA Tour's Texas Open to stretch his lead to three shots on Saturday.  

Updated: April 22, 2012 12:10 IST
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San Antonio: Former British Open winner Ben Curtis managed to overcome a pair of double bogeys in the third round of the PGA Tour's Texas Open to stretch his lead to three shots on Saturday.

Former British Open winner managed to overcome a pair of double bogeys in the third round of the PGA Tour's Texas Open to stretch his lead to three shots on Saturday.

Curtis, who is chasing his fourth US PGA title, fired a one-over 73 for a nine-under 207 total on the TPC San Antonio's Oaks Course.

Even though it has been six years since his last win, Curtis is confident heading into Sunday's final round.

"In the past when I've played in these circumstances, that's what I did: I just focused on my game and if at the end of 18 holes it's good enough to win, great," Curtis said. "If not, I have to shake the guy's hand that won and move forward."

Matt Every was alone in second after a one-over 73 as the American seeks his first Tour win.

South Koreans Noh Seung-Yul (68) and Charlie Wi (71) were tied for third with American John Huh.

Huh shot a five-under 67 which tied for the low round of the day with Matt Kuchar on a day when high winds slowed the pace of play and saw just 19 of the 81 golfers who made the cut break par.

Curtis had two double bogeys on the front nine, including one on the par-five eighth, where his ball landed on another fairway.

He battled back with three birdies on the back.

Playing in his first career major, Curtis captured the 2003 British Open Championship, emerging victorious as Denmark's Thomas Bjorn surrendered a late lead to finish tied for second with Vijay Singh.

Every made three bogeys but was saved by a couple of birdies, including a 10-footer after a nice tee shot on the par-three third hole.

"Overall, not bad," Every said. "I have a chance to win."

Kuchar got back into contention with a superb round. His only blemish was a bogey on the par-four 11th when the wind took his ball off the green and onto the fringe. Kuchar is the event's top-ranked golfer at 15th in the world.

"I put myself in position," Kuchar said. "Maybe a long shot, but at least a chance."

Kuchar was tied for sixth with Greg Chalmers (69), Brian Gay (71), Cameron Tringale (76) and David Mathis (77) at three-under.

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