Kang leads Houston Open golf by three

Kang leads Houston Open golf by three

Sung Kang shot a 9-under-par 63 to take a six-shot lead in a record-breaking second round at the Houston Open.

Overnight leader Rickie Fowler is clubhouse leader Kang's closest challenger, trailing by five shots at 11-under midway through his second round.

Kang was in the clubhouse on 16-under 128 with the afternoon wave, including Fowler, on the course.

Hudson Swafford and Russell Henley are tied for second at 10 under. Kang has never led a tournament on the PGA Tour after three rounds. He has not won since the 2013 Korean Open.

"I heard a lot of noise in front of us so I was like, 'Oh, I know something big is going on up there,"' Kang said.

Eight birdies have given the world number nine a one shot lead.

Fowler, finished in the top five in all four majors in 2014, but is yet to win one of golf's biggest championships and missed the cut at Augusta National past year after rounds of 80 and 73.

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"I was fortunate enough to take advantage of the par-3s, played them at 3-under, and I managed my way around nicely with mud balls all day", Fowler said.

Round 3 was not almost as glorious, but Kang did what he had to do to fend off Rickie Fowler. We've been working so hard on my iron play.

"The putter just kept making the putts", he said, per the PGA Tour.

The American ended his day in style, very almost grabbing a hole-in-one at the 230-yard par-three ninth, his ball rolling past the edge of the cup before settling five feet away, setting up a birdie.

Fowler, who had a bogey-free 64 on Thursday, played in the late wave and had things going for a while before coming unraveled down the stretch.

"I just told myself to bear down, no matter whether I was winning or losing", said Henley, whose 20-under total of 268 tied the 72-hole scoring record established by Phil Mickelson in 2011.

Fowler, whose third-round charge was derailed by a bogey, double-bogey finish on Saturday, fell out of contention with a double bogey and a bogey in his first four holes.