How it happened: Points wins with dramatic par putt

D.A. Points hits his tee shot on the 13th hole during the final round of the Shell Houston Open.

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With the leaderboard looking more like a crazy ping-pong match all day, D.A. Points broke through for his second career PGA Tour victory behind a 6-under 66 on Sunday at the Shell Houston Open.

Facing a 15-footer on 18 for par, Points drained it to clear Henrik Stenson and Billy Horschel by a single shot.

Points, Stenson and Horschel all had 66s on Sunday.

Take a look at how it all unfolded in Humble, Texas:

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Update #45: 8:15 p.m. EDT

D.A. Points finds the greenside rough with his approach on 18, but his chip comes up 15 feet short. But he drains the putt to clinch the victory.

Ben Crane leaves his long birdie putt short on 18 and settles for par and finishes at 14 under.

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Update #44: 7:54 p.m. EDT

D.A. Points comes up short of the green with his second shot at the par-4 17th, but hits a spectacular chip to about 2 feet under the hole and saves par to stay at 16 under, one shot clear of Henrik Stenson and Billy Horschel.

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Update #43: 7:45 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel closes with a par to card a 6-under 66 and gets into the clubhouse at 15 under, currently tied with Henrik Stenson for second. Leader D.A. Points is in the fairway on the 17th hole.

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Update #42: 7:38 p.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley makes birdie at 18 to card a 2-under 70 and finishes the tournament at 11 under, currently T-11.

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Update #41: 6:55 p.m. EDT

The PGA Tour has announced it will restart the final round at 7:30 p.m. EDT, which will leave about 90 minutes to complete play. The final group is currently on the 14th hole.

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Update #40: 4:54 p.m. EDT

Dustin Johnson can now head home after Henrik Stenson gets into the clubhouse at 15 under with a birdie at No. 18.

Moments later, the horn blows due to bad weather in the area, with no re-start announced.

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Update #39: 4:45 p.m. EDT

D.A. Points two-putts for par on the par-4 14th hole, nearly making his birdie putt from about 45 feet. He stays at 16 under, one clear of Billy Horschel.

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Update #38: 4:35 p.m. EDT

D.A. Points nearly jars an eagle chip at the 13th hole, knocking in a short birdie putt at the par-5 to move to 16 under and takes the outright lead by one.

Meanwhile, Henrik Stenson makes a long birdie on No. 17 to move to 14 under.

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Update #37: 4:27 p.m. EDT

Stewart Cink, who has only one bogey in the tournament, birdies the par-4 12th for a second consecutive birdie to get to 13 under, two off the current lead.

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Update #36: 4:21 p.m. EDT

Dustin Johnson fires a 7-under 65 to get into the clubhouse at 14 under. He'll need D.A. Points and Billy Horschel to drop back over their final holes.

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Update #35: 4:18 p.m. EDT

D.A. Points goes after the green at the short par-4 12th, hits the rough, chips to 5 feet and makes the birdie putt to move into a tie for the lead at 15 under.

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Update #34: 4:06 p.m. EDT

Brian Davis moves to within a shot of the lead with a long birdie at No. 15, while Dustin Johnson saves par with a beautiful up-and-down from behind the green at No. 17 and both players remain at 14 under, one back of Billy Horschel.

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Update #33: 3:59 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel, who has made 20 consecutive cuts on Tour, moves to 6 under on his round with a birdie on No. 13, moving to 15 under for a one-shot lead.

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Update #32: 3:53 p.m. EDT

Jason Kokrak fails to take advantage of the short par-4 12th, making a 5-footer for par to stay at 14 under and in a five-way tie for the lead.

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Update #31: 3:48 p.m. EDT

There is a five-way tie for the lead after D.A. Points and Ben Crane both make mid-range birdie putts on No. 10 to get to 14 under. They join Dustin Johnson, Jason Kokrak and Billy Horschel.

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Update #30: 3:45 p.m. EDT

Dustin Johnson hits an incredible 3-iron into the long par-5 15th and drains a 15-footer for eagle to jump into a share of the lead at 14 under.

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Update #29: 3:38 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel birdies the par-4 12th hole, making a 3-footer to move to 14 under and in a tie for the lead with Jason Kokrak.

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Update #29: 3:38 p.m. EDT

After finding the water off the tee, Jason Kokrak hits a fantastic third shot into the green and he makes a 6-footer to save par and stays at 14 under.

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Update #28: 3:35 p.m. EDT

Brian Davis birdies the 13th to move to within a shot of the lead, while Kevin Chappell moves to within two shots with a birdie at No. 12.

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Update #27: 3:30 p.m. EDT

Dustin Johnson drops a shot at No. 14, flying the green off the tee, chipping about 60 feet past the hole and then hitting the cup on his long par attempt. He falls two shots off the pace at 12 under.

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Update #26: 3:22 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson picks up an ill-timed double bogey on the par-3 14th, missing a 4-footer to save bogey. He falls back to 9 under.

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Update #25: 3:20 p.m. EDT

Jason Kokrak has taken the outright lead at 14 under, holing a short birdie putt on No. 9. There is now a four-way tie for second at 13 under, including Dustin Johnson, who birdies No. 13 after a bogey on No. 12. Johnson is joined by D.A. Points, Ben Crane and Billy Horschel one shot back.

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Update #24: 3:10 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson picks up his first birdie since No. 4, making a 4-footer at the par-5 13th and moves to 11 under, two off the lead. He'll need at least two more to get in the clubhouse and leave the players behind him something to shoot at.

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Update #23: 3:07 p.m. EDT

Jason Kokrak birdies the par-5 8th hole to also move to 13 under, tying Billy Horschel atop the leaderboard. Neither player has won on the PGA Tour.

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Update #22: 3:02 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel now holds the solo lead after Dustin Johnson bogeys the par-4 12th, finding the water at the drivable par-4 and failing to get up-and-down from the rough.

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Update #21: 2:52 p.m. EDT

Again Dustin Johnson flirts with a hazard off the tee. It seems his ball hit the embankment at the drivable par 4 and it went in the water.

Meanwhile, Billy Horschel makes back-to-back birdies that takes him to 13 under, tied with Johnson.

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Update #20: 2:27 p.m. EDT

After flirting with a hazard off the tee, Dustin Johnson manages to birdie the 10th hole to take the outright lead at 13 under. He is now 6 under on his round.

Billy Horschel birdies No. 7 to get back to 12 under, tied with Jason Kokrak and D.A. Points one shot behind Johnson.

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Update 19: 2:19 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel drops out of a tie for the lead after a poor second shot into the sixth green, finding a greenside bunker, hitting his sand shot to about 8 feet and missing the par putt. He falls back to 11 under.

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Update 18: 2:16 p.m. EDT

Make that a four-way tie for the lead, as Jason Kokrak birdies No. 4 with a 10-footer to also move to 12 under. Kokrak is looking for his first PGA Tour victory.

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Update 17: 2:12 p.m. EDT

Dustin Johnson makes it a three-way tie for the lead with a 15-footer for birdie at No. 9. He is 5 under on his round and is the furthest on the course, as he will look to post a score and make others chase him.

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Update 16: 2:09 p.m. EDT

D.A. Points moves to 12 under with a birdie bomb at No. 3 to 12 under, tied with Billy Horschel atop the leaderboard. Moments later, Ben Crane also birdies the third hole to get to within a shot of the lead. Neither were in "likely make" territory, but both put it in the heart of the cup.

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Update 15: 2:03 p.m. EDT

Jason Kokrak's five-footer to again tie for the lead barely slides by on the right; he taps in for par to stay at 11 under, one back of Billy Horschel. Dustin Johnson joins him there with an up-and-down for birdie on the par-5 8th. The others at 11 under: Stewart Cink (through 2), Bill Haas (through 2), Henrik Stenson (through 5), Kevin Chappell (through 5) and D.A. Points (through 2).

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Update 14: 1:55 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel stakes the first claim to the outright lead, making a birdie putt at No. 4 to push himself out front alone at 12 under. D.A. Points birdies No. 2 to move to T-2 at 11 under.

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Update 13: 1:52 p.m. EDT

Kevin Chappell moves to 11 under and into a share of the lead with a birdie at No. 4, while Stewart Cink gets up and down at the 1st to stay in the group at the top.

Further back, Rory McIlroy rolls in a putt to end his tournament on two straight birdies and finish 2 under for the day, 4 under for the week. He'll have that momentum to try to build on next week at the Valero Texas Open, having added that appearance at the last minute.

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Update 12: 1:46 p.m. EDT

Pencil in Jason Kokrak among the leaders on this fast-moving day: He birdies the 2nd to join Stewart Cink, Bill Haas and Billy Horschel. Cink, who said yesterday he'd be nervous on the first tee chasing his first win since the 2009 British Open, misses the fairway right and then misses the green left, so he'll need to scramble to stay among the co-leaders.

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Update 11: 1:41 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson cards his second straight par just as third-round leaders Stewart Cink and Bill Haas tee off a stroke ahead of Mickelson and tied with Billy Horschel. Rory McIlroy birdies the 17th to get back to 3 under. Third-round leader Steve Wheatcroft double-bogeys the 1st, overshooting the green from a bunker as he did at the 18th yesterday, to fall to 8 under.

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Update 10: 1:29 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel, who hasn't missed a cut all year, moves to the top of the leaderboard with a birdie at No. 2, tying Stewart Cink and Bill Haas for the lead at 11 under – with nine golfers on their heels at 10 under.

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Update 9: 1:23 p.m. EDT

10-by-10: Ten golfers now stand 10 under, one back of the leaders.

• Phil Mickelson

• Dustin Johnson

• Henrik Stenson

• Kevin Chappell

• Billy Horschel

• Bud Cauley

• Ben Crane

• D.A. Points

• Jason Kokrak

• Steve Wheatcroft

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Update 8: 1:18 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel sinks a long birdie putt on No. 1 to join the group of seven at 10 under, one off the lead.

Charles Howell III birdies to move to 9 under through nine, chasing a Masters invitation.

Rory McIlroy seems to have settled himself with back-to-back pars and is 2 under.

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Update 7: 1:09 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson, chasing his fifth straight birdie to start the day and a share of the lead, misses the green back left but has an opportunity to make it from the fringe. He's got the speed but misses just right and cards his first par of the day, still 10 under.

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Update 6: 1:04 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson's hot start hasn't used up all the course's birdies today. Henrik Stenson birdied the first to pull alongside Mickelson. Dustin Johnson also is making a move early, 2 under through 3 to pull within two of the lead.

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Update 5: 12:57 p.m. EDT

Yes, he may have another: Phil Mickelson birdies again, this time at the par-5 4th hole, and still has birdied every hole he's played today. That has him one back of co-leaders Stewart Cink and Bill Haas before they even tee off.

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Update 4: 12:46 p.m. EDT

Make it 3 birdies to start the day for Phil Mickelson, who moves within 2 of the co-leaders by making a birdie putt of about 5 feet at the par-3 No. 3.

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Update 3: 12:41 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson has birdied his first two holes to move to 8 under as he walks to the par-3 3rd tee. Bears watching after his 5-under 67 yesterday.

Rory McIlroy is even par today after bogeying the 11th and 12th. Birdies on the 8th and 9th had him 2 under at the turn before he gave those strokes back to the course.

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Update 2: 12:32 p.m. EDT

Call Dustin Johnson a trend-setter: On the heels of his move to 8 under, Doug LaBelle II and Nick Watney birdie the 13th and Charley Hoffman birdies his opening hole as they join Johnson at 3 strokes back of the lead. With 16 players at 8 under or better, this could be a busy day, indeed.

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Update 1: 12:26 p.m. EDT

Dustin Johnson makes a move quickly, birdieing the 1st after having hit his tee ball into the rough. That pulls him within three shots of the lead.

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Early risers

Russell Henley, Doug LaBelle II and Nick Watney are already 5 under today. That puts Henley at 5 under for the tournament through 16 holes today, LaBelle 7 under through the 11th and Watney 7 under through the 12th.

Four more golfers are 4 under so far today: Harris English (4 under through the 16th), Bob Estes (4 under through the 13th), Ross Fisher (4 under through the 11th) and Jimmy Walker (3 under and in the clubhouse).

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Weather a factor?

Temperatures are in the mid 70s right now in Humble, Texas, with a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. It's not too windy, but there is a possibility some storms could be severe – a problem last Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla.

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Saturday coverage

5 THINGS: The day playing partners Stewart Cink and Bill Haas had while rising to the lead could set a tone for a roller-coaster Sunday. Plus: Phil Mickelson rises while Rory McIlroy says he's content. See those notes and more.

TRACKER: Steve Wheatcroft's rough 18th drops him a stroke back of new leaders Stewart Cink and Bill Haas during a third round that saw several lead changes late. See how it all unfolded.

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Friday coverage

5 THINGS: Rory McIlroy makes the cut in his first tournament since the WGC-Cadillac Championship and says he's "nearly there," while Jason Kokrak and D.A. Points might be rounding into form. See those notes and more.

TRACKER: Steve Wheatcroft fires his second straight 67 to command the lead, while Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy just elude dreaded MCs. See how it all unfolded.

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Thursday coverage

TRACKER: Rory McIlroy shot 1-over 73 in his first competitive round since losing his World No. 1 ranking to Tiger Woods. He trails leader D.A. Points by nine shots at the Shell Houston Open. See how it all unfolded.

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Pre-tournament coverage

TEE TIMES: Dustin Johnson, Keegan Bradley and Rory McIlroy will make up the featured group for the first two rounds at the Shell Houston Open. Check out the tee times.

QUESTIONS ARISE: Vijay Singh, who has said he used deer-antler spray containing a substance banned by the PGA Tour, offered no explanation for his withdrawal from this week's Shell Houston Open. Story.

FAMILIAR DIGS: Already back on the path to success in European competition, Paul Casey returns to the place where he peaked on the PGA Tour looking for another big step forward. Story.

PREDICTIONS: While Keegan Bradley is the cumulative favorite this week by our fantasy panel, but it is one pick that stands out: Rory McIlroy. Is the World No. 2 ready to return to the winner's circle? Picks.

WORTH A THOUGHT: Surely, Tiger Woods is at the forefront of golf fans' minds after his winning week in Orlando -- but this week, thoughts turn to Rory McIlroy in Houston. Notebook.

A FRIENDLY PUSH: Rory McIlroy heads to this week's Shell Houston Open no longer the world's No. 1 golfer, having ceded the spot to Tiger Woods, but he takes it as a natural, cyclical downturn. Story.

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