After Charley Hoffman hogged the top of the leaderboard for the first two days, the weekend brought new leaders to the Shell Houston Open.
Jim Herman didn’t make a bogey all day, posting a 67 to reach 11 under, and Jamie Lovemark matched him, ending his round of 70 with four birdies and two bogeys to grab a share of the 54-hole lead.
Neither player has a PGA Tour victory. Lovemark, 28, posted his best career finish at the 2009 Frys.com Open, where he placed runner up after losing in a playoff. Herman, 38, has five career top 10s in 105 PGA Tour starts, with his best finish being a T-4 at the 2015 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Both parties also sport a rather tumultuous professional path. Lovemark went from college phenom to injured and forgotten prodigy to revived star all in the span of seven years. Herman’s journey dipped into an even lower level, as he once became an assistant pro at a Donald Trump golf course before the presidential candidate himself urged Herman and helped him out in getting back into professional golf. Now, Herman is a PGA Tour member in prime position for his first win with 18 holes to play.
Hoffman, a three-time Tour winner, fell from one ahead to three back after a third-round 74. The 39-year-old was pushed behind thanks to holes 10-14, where he posted two bogeys and a double bogey to drop four strokes.
Henrik Stenson (66) and Russell Henley (68) both posted stellar Saturdays to jump into a tie for third at 10 under. They are joined there by Dustin Johnson (70).
Rickie Fowler finished the day four back at 7 under, with Jordan Spieth one further behind. Phil Mickelson sits at 5 under.
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