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Last Updated: 04/02/23 9:11 am

Patrick Rodgers leads with a spot in the Texas Open finals

Patrick Rodgers leads with a spot in the Texas Open finals

Patrick Rodgers took a one-turn lead into the final round of the Valero Texas Open as he sought to claim his first PGA Tour title and a place in the Masters.

Rodgers hit one under par 71 to score under 12 at Oaks Course when he scored three birdies but raced past par-4 on the sixth and par-5 on the 18th to finish lower.

“I think we all know what is at stake with a win here,” Rodgers said. “I haven’t finished my career work yet, but it’s quite a thrill. This is why I play, why I play and I can’t wait to play tomorrow.”

Rodgers, 30, is starting his 235th Tour. He has four times led the events after 54 holes and has three finishes in second place.

“There are a lot of pursuers and great players here,” said Rodgers.

“Obviously, there’s no better place than having an edge, but it’s going to take a great round to get it done.”

One hit back was Texas Valero Open 2019 champion Corey Conners of Canada, who scored 69 with seven birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey on the par-4 sixth hole.

“I’ve worked hard over the years trying to get back into the winners’ circle and give myself some opportunities and feel this is a great opportunity here,” Conners said. “I love this golf course and feel really comfortable here. Yes, it’s going to be an interesting game, but I’ll do my best.”

Matt Kuchar (9 under nine) was third alone behind three under 69, while Sam Stevens (68) and Chris Kirk (69) tied for fourth with eight under.

Ireland’s Padraig Harrington, 51, is among six golfers who tied for sixth with seven under seven after scoring 68. The three-time major champion could become the third-oldest tournament winner in PGA history Tour if he wins on Sunday.

Former Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama (68 on Saturday) is among six golfers tied for 12th with six points below.

Defending champion JJ Spaun was held to a 30th-under-3 draw after age 70. Rickie Fowler, among the group of players who must win the Texas Open to qualify for next week’s Masters, placed at 43rd with under 2 after his 71 years of age.

The second round was halted due to dark on Friday and ended on Saturday with an even score.

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