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April 22 2012

4:30 PM

Can anyone catch Curtis?

The final group is off; now can anyone catch Ben Curtis ? Here’s a look at the contenders.

Matt Every

Every, a 2006 University of Florida graduate, is having the best year of his young career since becoming a member of the PGA TOUR in 2010 with three top-10 finishes in 10 starts this season. One of those came just last week with a tie for eighth at the RBC Heritage.

This also marks the 40th start of Every’s career, and he’s in search of his first win. His best finish so far was a tie for third earlier this year in Mexico.

He’ll need to play better than he has the last two days, however, when he failed to break par in the second or third rounds. Overall, though, he’s driving it well -- T9 in fairways hit -- and hitting a lot of greens -- T3 in greens in regulation. He is, however, just 46th in strokes gained-putting.

Charlie Wi
Five strokes will be awfully hard to make up on a golf course that has played two strokes over par through the first three rounds, unless Curtis starts going backwards.

But Wi has played well in this tournament in the past, tying for second in 2008 after a career-low tying 61 in the final round.

He probably won’t need to go quite that low here in the final round, but something in the mid-60s would go a long way.

John Huh
In search of his second win, 21-year-old rookie Huh is coming off his best round of the week, a 5-under 67.

Earlier this year, Huh defeated Robert Allenby in sudden death at the Mayakoba Golf Classic to become 2012’s first rookie winner. Should he win this week, he would become fifth rookie to win multiple times in a season, dating to 1990. Most recently, Keegan Bradley achieved the feat last year, having won the HP Byron Nelson Championship and PGA Championship.

Seung-yul Noh
Rookie Seung-yul Noh made seven birdies on his way to a 4-under 68 in the third round, but like Wi and Huh, has five shots to make up.

Noh has won twice, overseas, however. On TOUR, his best finish of the year was a tie for 16th in Mexico.

One thing he’s had going for him this week: Putting. He’s fifth in the field in putts per green in regulation.

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