You Oughta Know: Monday showdown for Poulter, Casey, Reed

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – With weather delays creating a marathon day of golf Sunday at PGA National, there is still plenty to be settled at the Honda Classic. Here’s what You Oughta Know heading into Monday’s conclusion, where Paul Casey and Ian Poulter share the lead:

• Casey has nine holes left in his final round as he looks to win on the PGA Tour for the first time since the 2009 Shell Houston Open. He tied for fourth at this event in 2010 and was T-12 last year.

• Casey lost in a playoff last week at the Northern Trust Open and could become the second player this season to win the week after a playoff loss, following Jimmy Walker’s victory at the Sony Open.

• Poulter is looking for his third PGA Tour win, but first stroke-play victory on U.S. soil. His prior titles came at the 2010 WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship in Arizona and 2012 WGC-HSBC Champions, which was played in China.

• Poulter began the final round with a three-shot lead but fell back to the pack after finding the water on both Nos. 5 and 6. At 7 under, he is 2 over on his round with 11 holes to play.

• Five of the previous six Honda winners held at least a share of the 54-hole lead, the exception coming last year when 54-hole leader Rory McIlroy lost in a playoff to Russell Henley.

• Patrick Reed is one shot off the lead with 11 holes to play. With a win he would join Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia as the only players in the last 25 years to win five or more times before turning 25.

• Reed’s third-round 70 was his 21st consecutive round of par or better, the best current streak on the PGA Tour. With eight such rounds in a row, Casey has the second-longest active streak.

• Reed is looking for his second win of the season, having won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in a (scheduled) Monday finish in January, and his fifth win since August 2013.

• This is the fourth unscheduled Monday finish on the PGA Tour since 2013, and first since the 2013 BMW Championship. It is the first Monday finish at PGA National since 2007, when Mark Wilson won in a playoff.

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