Houston Open could have biggest playoff ever

Bill Haas is chasing Dustin Johnson at the Houston Open. (Getty Images)
Bill Haas is chasing Dustin Johnson at the Houston Open. (Getty Images)

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At the time of this post on Sunday afternoon, there were 16 golfers within three shots of Dustin Johnson's 13-under lead at the Shell Houston Open.

Johnson is well into his back nine, and most of the guys behind him are still on the front.

If Johnson gets in with a low mark (13- or 14-under), we could see the biggest sudden-death playoff in PGA Tour history.

The current record is six golfers, which happened twice:

1994 Byron Nelson: Neal Lancaster, Tom Byrum, Mark Carnevale, David Edwards, Yoshinori Mizumaki and David Ogrin

2001 Nissan Open: Robert Allenby, Toshi Izawa, Brandel Chamblee, Bob Tway, Jeff Sluman and Dennis Paulson

Lancaster won the Byron Nelson, and Allenby went on to win the Nissan Open.

Golfers chasing Johnson include Phil Mickelson, Ben Crane, Stewart Cink, and Lee Westwood.

Stay tuned ...

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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