Sunday will be fun. Nine players are within three shots of the lead after Round 3 of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor, Fla.
However, everyone is chasing Adam Schenk, who is attending his 10th straight event and 17th of the season, the second most on the tour. Then there’s Jordan Spieth, who won the Valspar Championship in 2015, and Tommy Fleetwood, who continues to search for his first Tour win, who throw back.
If you missed out on some of the action on Saturday, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about the third round of the Valspar Championship.
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Schenk the marathon man
Adam Schenk plays his shot from the first tee during the third round of the Valspar Championship golf tournament. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)
With a baby on the way, Adam Schenk plays at as many events as he can. The Valspar Championship is his 10th straight start on the Tour and he finished strongly to maintain his lead on the final lap.
Schenk screwed on the 18th hole and shot 1-under 70 on Saturday and sits at 8-under for the tournament. He was 1 over 15 before birdies on 16 and 18, two of the toughest holes on the course, to reclaim the lead by Sunday, when he will be looking for his first Tour win.
Schenk’s best finish in his last stretch was T-20 at the Farmers Insurance Open, and he missed the cut at last week’s Players Championship.
Jordan Spieth’s rollercoaster ride
Jordan Spieth plays his shot from the first tee during the third round of the Valspar Championship golf tournament. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)
On his first tee of the day, Jordan Spieth quickly took a hand off his driver and pretended it was going to be a bad shot.
It went 343 yards down the middle of the fairway. His approach shot went to 7 feet, 11 inches. He emptied the eagle putt and his wild round was underway.
There was no shortage of excitement during his third ride, but he kept the fans on their toes with virtually every shot. Spieth shot 2 under 69 and sits at 7 under for the tournament he won in 2015.
Also in this year? Spieth won two majors and the FedEx Cup.
His round on Saturday consisted of the opening eagle and then five birdies and five bogeys. After each of his first four bogeys, he followed up with birdies. The only hole he didn’t have? On the 18th, when he failed to pace a greenside bunker for the first time that week (he was 8 of 8).
If Spieth could win Sunday it would be the second event he has won twice and joining the John Deere Classic. He will be in the final pairing with Schenk.
Tommy Lad in search of his first tour win
Tommy Fleetwood plays his shot from the first tee during the third round of the Valspar Championship golf tournament. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)
When you think about his career, it’s hard to imagine that Tommy Fleetwood didn’t win on the PGA Tour.
He’s finished second four times in his career, but he’s still aiming for his first Tour win. He has won six times on the DP World Tour. Next Sunday he has a chance to change his record in the United States.
Fleetwood equalized Spieth with a 2-under 69, a round with two birdies and no bogeys. It was only the third bogey-free round on Saturday. He is tied on points with Spieth at 7-under and will be in the last penultimate group with Webb Simpson, who shot 3-under 68 on move day.
The Hunting Pack
Cody Gribble plays his shot from the first tee during the third round of the Valspar Championship golf tournament. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)
Simpson moved up eight places in the rankings with lap. He is in a three-way tie for fourth-way 6-under with Taylor Moore and Cody Gribble.
Moore shot 2-under on Saturday, Gribble shot 1-under 70. Gribble had a chance to become the fourth player ever to birdie on every hole in the snake pit, but his putt in the final just missed.
Patton Kizzire, who was 4-under on Saturday, is tied at 5-under with Wyndham Clark and Matt Wallace.
shot of the day
Jordan Spieth continues to be magical with long-range bunker shots, even landing these in the rough to kill speed.
The weather forecast for Sunday
General view of the pin flag during the Tampa General Hospital Championship Pro-Am prior to the Valspar Championship at the Copperhead Course at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club on March 16, 2022 in Palm Harbor, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
According to windy.com, Winds are projected to reach the mid-teens on Sunday with gusts up to 25 MPH possible. In the afternoon temperatures will be around 60 degrees. Heavy cloud cover is expected throughout the day.
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