By Richard Dean
After seeing Rickie Fowler light up the Golf Club of Houston on Thursday and Sung Kang better Fowler’s 64 the following day with a 63, Luke List got in on the action on Saturday.
List had a stretch of five straight birdies en route to a 7-under-par 65 and is in fourth place entering Sunday’s final round of the Shell Houston Open. List’s 65, which included eight birdies, was low round on Saturday.
“I tried to keep going,” List said. “Whenever you make a bunch of birdies on the front-nine, you get stagnant. I do, anyway. That mindset is to keep going.
“You’re trying to give yourself as many opportunities. And fortunately, I was able to do that and make a few birdies on the back (nine).”
List got it cranking on the fourth hole with his first birdie of the round. Birdies followed on holes 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. He added birdies on 13 and 16.
Early start times on Sunday
Due to expected inclement weather, tee times for Sunday’s final round of the Shell Houston Open have been moved up. The players will go off in threesomes off No. 1 and No. 10 tee boxes starting at 7:15 a.m. The final group will go off approximately at 9:05 a.m.
Officials are hopeful the final round will be completed by 1 p.m., just before the heavy stuff hits the Golf Club of Houston.
Computer models show slight chance of rain at 30 percent from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. By noon, chance of rain reaches 50 percent and by 2 p.m., thunderstorms are likely with a 70 percent chance of rain.
“The main concern on Sunday is the growing severe weather threat,” said Wade Stettner, PGA TOUR on-site meteorologist. “The atmospheric conditions are really setting up for a severe weather outbreak across southeast Texas.”
Showers and thunderstorms are likely on Sunday with peak intensity from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Total rainfall could exceed 1 inch.
Aflac Duck a hit
The Aflac Duck made an appearance at the Shell Houston Open on Saturday, and even sported a media credential while being interviewed in the media room.
Asked by a reporter, “What is the best insurance company in the world?” the Aflac Duck responded: “Aflac, Aflac, Aflac.”
The Aflac Duck was making its first visit at a PGA TOUR event. The duck was at the Golf Club of Houston to promote its commitment to the treatment and research of childhood cancer. Since 1995, Aflac has contributed more than $113 million to this cause.
Aflac is in its sixth year partnering with the PGA TOUR.
“The PGA TOUR and Aflac share the same values,” said Jon Sullivan, director of corporate communications for Aflac. “I love that golf is the only sport where players will call penalties on themselves, and we love the integrity factor that brings to our brand as well.