April 22 2012
The good news for Ben Curtis? He leads by three strokes as he gets set to tee off in about 25 minutes. The bad news? The last time someone led by at least three strokes going into the final round of this event they ended up losing. That was in 2007, by the way, when Jesper Parnevik failed to hang on and Justin Leonard went on to win.
Curtis, however, has won twice when holding at least a share of the lead going into the final round, the last of which came at the 2006 84 Lumber Classic, which also happens to be his last victory on the PGA TOUR.
More good news: Dating to 2000, eight third-round leaders of the Valero Texas Open have held on for the win, most recently Brendan Steele last year. Six 54-hole leaders this year have held on for the win, the last coming just last week when Carl Pettersson won at Harbour Town.
Here are three other very important facts concerning Curtis: He’s second this week in driving accuracy, first in greens in regulation and first in strokes gained-putting. No wonder he was able to survive to double bogeys on Saturday and still lead. Now the question is, can he win?