Jeff Maggert humbled his home course with a flawless 8-under-par 64 to pull even with steady Dan Forsman and share a three-shot lead Saturday after three rounds of the Houston Open.
Forsman, tied with Lee Janzen at 6-under after 36 holes, had a 68. He and Maggert stood 10-under at 206 with 18 holes remaining in the event on the Tournament Players Course at The Woodlands.Janzen had a 71 and was a shot ahead of Fred Couples, who carded a 70.
Mike Hulbert, Franklin Langham and Stephen Ames were at 211 with Hal Sutton and David Duval among a group of golfers another shot back.
Maggert led the tournament after three rounds in both 1991 and 1996, but failed to hold on. In 1991, he soared to an 80 on the final day. Two years ago, he lost in a playoff to Mark Brooks.
That was one of 11 runnerup finishes in his seven years on the tour, including a second this year at Bay Hill in March. He has won once, in 1993.
Maggert started the day at 2-under, four shots behind Forsman and Janzen.
Maggert started with a birdie at the par-5 No. 1, strung consecutive birdies on Nos. 4, 5 and 6, and added another trio on 9, 10 and 11. He followed them with three consecutive pars, missing birdies by inches on each hole, then birdied the par-3 16th with an 18-foot putt.
His birdie attempt at No. 17 was short by a couple of inches, and he finished 18 with a par for the best round of the tournament.
Forsman, seeking his first victory in six years, had six straight pars before back-to-back birdies on Nos. 7 and 8. A 6-foot putt at No. 11 gave him another birdie and pulled him into a tie with Mag-gert at 9-under.
A birdie attempt at the par-4 12th slid just past the hole, but Forsman converted at No. 13 to go 10-under before his tee shot on the par-3 14th landed in a bunker. A potential par-saving putt at 14 rimmed off the cup, dropping him out of a share of the lead before he recovered with a 4-foot birdie putt at No. 16 to tie Maggert.
Janzen slipped back early with a double-bogey on the par-3 third hole and added another bogey at No. 7 en route to a 2-over 38 on the front. But he bounced back with a sharp 3-under 33 on the back nine.
Both Couples and Duval, idle since The Masters - where they tied for second - got to 6-under and close to the lead before finding trouble on the back nine. Couples went into the water at No. 14, and wound up with a double bogey.
Duval, the tour's second-leading money winner, began the round one shot off the pace but could get nothing going. After a birdie at No. 13 moved him to 6-under, his tee shot at the 14th hole also hit the water. He settled for a double bogey and wound up with a 73.
BRUNO'S CLASSIC: At Birmingham, Ala., Terry Dill came back to reality, but salvaged just enough putting touch late in his round to retain a one-stroke lead Saturday in the Bruno's Memorial Classic.
Dill shot an even-par 72 in the second round to finish at 9-under 135, the day after he tied the course record with a career-best 63 at the 6,992-yard Greystone Country Club course.
He finished one stroke ahead of Gil Morgan, who shot the lowest round of the day, a 66, to finish at 136.
TITLEHOLDERS CHAMPIONSHIP: At Daytona Beach, Fla., Annika Sor-en-stam finally has something to show for all the good rounds she's played - a share of the lead for the first time this year after a 3-under-par 69 Saturday in the Titleholders Championship.
Sorenstam, winless this year but in the top 10 in all six events she has played, hit a 7-wood to within a foot for birdie at the tough par-3 17th and is tied at 205 with fellow Swede Carin Koch and Danielle Ammac-ca-pane.
Koch, who is sharing a house with Sorenstam this week, holed a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th for a 68. Ammaccapane and Sorenstam each had a chance to get to 12 under but missed short birdie putts on the 18th.