Ben Curtis in fifth at PGA's Houston Open

KURT VOIGT AP Sports Writer Published:

Staff and wire report

HUMBLE, Texas -- Former Kent State golf star Ben Curtis currently sits in fifth place overall heading into today's final round of the Shell Houston Open.

Curtis sits at 8-under, which is seven shots behind leader Matt Kuchar (15-under).

Curtis' three-round scores on the par-72 course have been 67, 70 and 71.

Playing in the final pairing, Kuchar vaulted past a struggling Sergio Garcia with a 4-under par 68 on Saturday -- overcoming windy conditions at the Golf Club of Houston to match the low round of the day and take a four-shot lead after three rounds.

Kuchar stands at 15 under overall heading into Sunday's final round, four shots ahead of second-round leader Garcia and Cameron Tringale. The three will be paired together on Sunday.

"It's a nice position to have played well last week, to have been in the last group with a chance to win and again to come back this week, completely different course, and have another shot to win," Kuchar said.

Kuchar's last win came at the Memorial last year, and he has eight top 10 finishes this season in 10 events.

He'll have the opportunity add to that resume on Sunday, weather permitting, as well as fuel his surging confidence leading into next week's Masters, where he finished in a tie for eighth last year.

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