Scottie Scheffler among five sharing Houston Open lead

World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler is among five players tied for the lead after the third round Saturday of the Texas Children’s Houston Open.

Scheffler shot a 4-under-par 66 at Memorial Park Golf Course for 9-under 201 going into Sunday’s final round. He is joined atop the leaderboard by England’s David Skinns, who shot a bogey-free 65 in his debut at the event, Germany’s Stephan Jaeger (66), Argentina’s Alejandro Tosti (68) and Belgium’s Thomas Detry (67).

Reigning champion Tony Finau, who led after two rounds, shot 2-over 72 on Saturday to fall into a tie for ninth at 7 under. He had tied the tournament scoring record for the second time with an 8-under 62 on Friday.

Scheffler carded eight birdies in an adventurous round marred by two bogeys and a double bogey on the par-3 15th hole when his tee shot landed in the water and he took a penalty stroke.

Still, Scheffler’s 66 was the FedExCup leader’s 31st consecutive round at par or better that dates back to an even-par 70 in the final round of the 2023 Tour Championship.

Five co-leaders after 54 holes is the most in a PGA Tour event since six players shared the lead after the third round of the 2009 Texas Children’s Houston Open (Paul Casey, Fred Couples, Colt Knost, Ryan Moore, Geoff Ogilvy, Bo Van Pelt).

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