Russell Henley rallies to victory at Houston Open

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Rickie Fowler four-putted the final green to hand Kang Sung-hoon a three-stroke lead after the third round at the Houston Open in Texas on Saturday.

Kang, who was only one under for the weekend after beginning the tournament with rounds of 65 and 63, is still seeking his first PGA Tour win. By the time he regained his stride with three birdies on the back-nine, Henley had already run away with the win.

"Although I haven't quite been close to the lead, I feel like my game has been there", Henley said.

For his part Kang played a solid round of golf in hard circumstances and with a 1-under 71 is at 17-under for the week and in good position to claim his first PGA Tour title.

A victory on Sunday would see him grab a last-gasp berth at the Masters, the first major of the year that tees off next Thursday at Augusta National. I know we can have success.

Henley's past 13 rounds at this golf course have been under par; in all, he is a collective 57 under in his rounds at the Tournament Course at the Golf Club of Houston.

At the par-five 13th, Henley and Kang were tied for the lead.

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He shot 70 and will be furious with the double-bogey he made on the second hole.

"I'll probably just go call a couple friends, talk to my parents, my brother, and talk to my wife a little bit, and just talk about the day and I might get some ice cream". "Obviously, yeah, I would have like to have gotten off to a better start".

"I like the challenge of coming from behind and then potentially being able to put pressure on the guy", Fowler said. His hopes were all but gone when he missed a 5-foot birdie attempt on No. 16. Thompson had marked a 1-foot putt with a coin on the 17th green during her third round Saturday, but she replaced the ball perhaps 1 inch out of position.

The popular Fowler delighted his overflowing gallery by picking up eight birdies in the first 14 holes, including a monster 50-footer that he drained at the seventh hole.

Kang's 9-under on Friday matched the 18-hole tournament course record and helped him take the largest 36-hole lead in tournament history, topping the previous record by two strokes.

It was Henley's first win since a playoff victory over Rory McIlroy in the 2014 Honda Classic.

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