Scheffler jogs with four rookies


Who will you risk your last few edge on in the final round of the Houston Open which is decided on the Memorial golf course in Texas: On the world’s top ranked player or on one of four other players who have never played in a tournament couldn’t win the US PGA Series?

This is the story after Saturday night’s third round of this tournament.

The American Scottie Scheffler, who is trying to join Dustin Johnson who last won three tournaments in a row in the PGA Series in 2017, scored 66 shots in the third round and walks on 201 shots (-9) with four ” rookies” in front.

They are 42-year-old Englishman David Skinns (65), Germany’s Stephan Jaeger (66), Belgium’s Thomas Detry (67) and Argentina’s Alejandro Tosti (68) who are all looking for their first win on the PGA Series .

Three players, US Open amateur champion Nick Dunlap and his compatriots Taylor Moore and Akshay Bhatia (they have won just one tournament together in the series) are joint fifth at 202 (-8).

Tony Finau, who was leading after the second round, dropped a bit in the third round when he scored 72 shots. He is tied for ninth at 203 (-7).

South Africa’s Garrick Higgo is 207 strokes (-3) together in 22nd place.

* In the Dubai World Tour (European Series) India Open to be decided in New Delhi, Keita Nakajima of Japan is on 198 strokes (-18), four strokes ahead of Gavin Green of Malaysia and Romain Langasque of France (both 202, 14).

They are followed by the Italian Matteo Manassero and Jeon-Weon Ko (France) who both finished on 203 strokes (-13) in the clubhouse.

Oliver Bekker did the best of the South Africans and is on 209 shots (-7), followed by Pieter Moolman (213), Brandon Stone and Daniel van Tonder (both 215) and Casey Jarvis (218).

* In the US LPGA Series’ Ford Championship played at the Seville Country Club in Gilbert, Arizona, South Korea’s Hyo-Joo Kim, America’s Sarah Schmelzel and Spain’s Carlota Ciganda are tied at 201 (-15) before after the third round.

They are followed on 202 (-14) by Maja Stark of Sweden and Yuka Saso of Japan.

Lydia Ko of New Zealand and Nelly Korda of America are tied for sixth with eight other players at 203 (-13).

South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai, who scored 70 strokes in the third round, is on 206 (-10) and her South African compatriot Paula Reto is a further stroke back on 207 (-9).

Source: The Golf Channel