2008 and 2009 Valero Texas Open champion Zach Johnson maintained a share of the lead at the Valero Texas Open following a 4-under 68. At 13-under 203, he will enter the final round tied with Andrew Landry.
Johnson is seeking to join Arnold Palmer (1960-62) and Justin Leonard (2000-01, 2007) as the only three-time winners of the Valero Texas Open.
Johnson will be seeking his 13th PGA TOUR victory on Sunday at the age of 42 years, 1 month and 29 days. Of his 12 PGA TOUR victories and with the exception of the 2015 Open Championship, each win came in one of just four different states. With four, Texas has produced Johnson’s most wins (2008 and 2009 Valero Texas Open, 2010 and 2012 Fort Worth Invitational). He has won three times in Georgia, twice in Illinois and twice in Hawaii.
Andrew Landry turned in a bogey-free 5-under 67 to move from T3 into a share of the 54-hole lead with Zach Johnson. As a result, he will carry the lead into the final round for the first time in his PGA TOUR career.
Landry made his way on TOUR this season by virtue of his fourth-place finish on the 2017 Web.com Tour priority list. A victory on Sunday would come in Landry’s 32nd PGA TOUR start at the age of 30 years, 8 months and 15 days.
Landry has three top-10 finishes this season, each in his first seven starts (T7/Safeway Open, T4/The RSM Classic, P2/CareerBuilder Challenge). He lost on the fourth hole of sudden death at the CareerBuilder Challenge to Jon Rahm.
Ryan Moore (4) played his first 36 holes this week without a bogey before doing so on the par-4 opening hole Saturday. Making his fourth start in the Valero Texas Open this week (2017/T18, 2012/T8, 2005/T53), Moore is in search of his sixth PGA TOUR title and first since the 2016 John Deere Classic.
Sean O’Hair’s 7-under 65 (which included a birdie-birdie-eagle finish) marked his best round on TOUR since closing with the same score to finish T10 at the 2017 RBC Canadian Open. O’Hair (T5) is in search of his fifth win in his 345th start, with this week marking his 167th start since last winning at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.
2015 Valero Texas Open champion and nearby Boerne resident Jimmy Walker sits T5 after a third-round 67. Making his 13th start in the Valero Texas Open, Walker is in search of his third top-10 finish (1-2015, T3-2010).
Joaquin Niemann, the former World No. 1 amateur who is making his professional debut this week, posted a third-round 5-under 67 to move to T11.
Past Valero Texas Open champions in the field: Zach Johnson (T1), Martin Laird (T5), Jimmy Walker (T5), Kevin Chappell (T20), Brendan Steele (T30), Charley Hoffman (T59), Adam Scott (MC), Steven Bowditch (MC).
|R1: Billy Horschel (68), Ryan Moore (68)|
|R2: Chris Kirk (66), Ryan Moore (67), Nicholas Lindheim (67), Kevin Na (70), Chris Paisley (71), Chesson Hadley (71).|
|R3: Sean O’Hair (65), Andrew Landry (67), Andrew Putnam (68), Brandt Snedeker (68), J.T. Poston (68), Sam Ryder (68), Austin Cook (69), Graeme McDowell (70).