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Sung Kang leads Rickie Fowler by 3 at Houston Open

  • Sung Kang watches his tee shot on the third hole during the third round of the Houston Open golf tournament, Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Humble, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

    Sung Kang watches his tee shot on the third hole during the third round of the Houston Open golf tournament, Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Humble, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rickie Fowler watches hits his tee shot on the ninth hole during the third round of the Houston Open golf tournament, Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Humble, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

    Rickie Fowler watches hits his tee shot on the ninth hole during the third round of the Houston Open golf tournament, Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Humble, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)  (The Associated Press)

  • Phil Mickelson watches his approach shot on the second hole during the third round of the Houston Open golf tournament, Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Humble, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

    Phil Mickelson watches his approach shot on the second hole during the third round of the Houston Open golf tournament, Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Humble, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)  (The Associated Press)

Sung Kang shot a 1-under 71 to hold a three-shot lead over Rickie Fowler after the third round of the Houston Open on Saturday.

After shooting a tournament course record 9-under 63 on Friday, Kang took a commanding six-shot lead with a 36-hole tournament record of 129 through two rounds.

However, on Saturday, it was Fowler's day to chase history, shooting a 5-under 67 to trim Kang's lead as they head into the final round.

After Thursday's 8-under 64, Fowler held a one-shot lead over Kang after the first round, but slipped to fourth on Friday with a 71. He returned to form on Saturday and has a PGA Tour career-best 22 birdies through three rounds.

Behind Kang and Fowler at 17-under 199 and 14-under 202 through three rounds, respectively, Russell Henley is 13-under 203 and Luke List is 12-under 204. No one else is within eight shots of Kang.