Bradley, Burns stay tied with 1-shot Valspar lead

10: 06 PM ET

  • Associated Press

PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Keegan Bradley hit one in all his worst shots of the round and it resulted in eagle. Sam Burns hit a pair of tee shots appropriate the set apart he wished and in addition they fee him bogeys.

They carried out the set apart they started Saturday within the Valspar Championship — tied for the lead — and now they’ve company from Max Homa.

Each and every put a particular trudge on a sloppy have at Innisbrook.

Burns had a 3-shot lead with 5 holes final, and he had to manufacture an 8-foot bogey putt on the 18th hole for a 2-below 69 appropriate to relish an opportunity at sharing the lead.

“I believed I hit a terribly stunning tee shot on 16. It appropriate snuck by strategy of the golf green there and appropriate not if truth be told a stunning status. After which 18, I believed that ball was as soon as within the golf green. I focal level on it appropriate kicked lifeless left and proper into a execrable lie within the bunker,” Burns acknowledged.

“I cannot alternate anything from this day,” he acknowledged. “So tomorrow will likely be a fresh originate up and we are going to are trying to work our assignment and lag available and take a look at to take care of exchange.”

Bradley, whose chip-in for eagle on the par-5 14th turned his fortunes rapid, was as soon as within the course of the 18th fairway when he came up brief in a bunker with a entrance pin. He blasted out to 7 toes and disregarded on the low facet.

It was as soon as the fourth putt from inside of 10 toes that he disregarded on the motivate 9.

“Right this moment may perchance well smartly be my absolute top round of the match up to now. I appropriate did not hole the putts that I’ve been making the first two rounds,” Bradley acknowledged. “But with out doing that, I level-headed shot 69 and I’m level-headed tied for the lead. So all stunning.”

They were at 14-below 199, tying the 54-hole match file situation by K.J. Choi in 2002 and matched by Adam Hadwin in 2017.

Homa ran in a birdie putt from appropriate inside of 30 toes on the 15th hole, and after a bogey on the complex 16th, he closed out his round of 66 by making a 35-foot bending birdie putt from the perimeter on the 18th.

That makes seven putts from 25 toes or longer this week for Homa, and it left him simplest 1 shot out of the lead as he goes for his 2nd PGA Tour victory this one year.

“Most productive one time I if truth be told feel love I was as soon as out of enviornment,” Homa acknowledged. “In actuality struck the ball smartly, kept making putts. So that’s been fun. But appropriate more or less a repeat of final couple days.”

Burns has at the very least half of the 54-hole lead for the third time this season. He shot 2-over 72 within the Houston Start to tie for seventh, and his 2-below 69 at Riviera left him 1 shot out of a playoff at the Genesis Invitational won by Homa.

If the final hour was as soon as any indication, it would not take worthy for the Copperhead direction at Innisbrook to bite motivate.

“There may perchance be some birdies available,” Abraham Ancer acknowledged after his 66. “But this golf direction, as soon as you happen to’re not within the correct enviornment, man, you may perchance well likely manufacture some bogeys like a flash.”

And thanks to some like a flash bogeys by the leaders, Ancer is motivate within the combine. He was as soon as within the personnel at 10-below 203, in conjunction with Ted Potter Jr. (63), Joaquin Niemann (67) and Cameron Tringale (67).

Niemann started his week within the same personnel as Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas, Nos. 1 and 2 on this planet, who are no longer phase of the equation. Thomas had a 67 and was as soon as 8 shots within the motivate of. Johnson took double bogey on the 16th and 18th holes for a 74 and ought to be out of metropolis before the final personnel tees off.

Paul Casey’s uncover for a Third consecutive bewitch at the Valspar Championship is long past, too. He shot 72 and was as soon as 12 shots out of the lead.

The tip three all made eagle all over a sweltering Saturday, all in diversified vogue.

It started with Burns, who despatched a 3-hybrid soaring with such peak that it pitched in entrance of the first hole and settled 30 inches away for a tap-in eagle. Burns also made a 35-foot birdie putt on the third hole and hit a complex bunker shot to 10 toes for birdie on the fifth.

Burns did not manufacture one other birdie over the final 13 holes.

The lead was as soon as 3 shots when Bradley disregarded a par putt on the 13th hole. But on the par-5 14th, Bradley went for the golf green and came up brief and to the correct. He chipped in for eagle, and on the subsequent hole, and two holes later, Burns bogeyed the 16th.

Homa made his eagle the laborious procedure, holing out with a hole wedge from 138 yards on the sixth hole, which simplest yielded eight birdies your whole round.

Homa started the round 4 shots within the motivate of Burns and Bradley, and he fell 7 shots motivate after the opening four holes. That did not bother him.

“I appropriate knew if I posted 4 below-ish I would at the very least relish an opportunity tomorrow, but that’s all you may perchance well likely have out here,” Homa acknowledged. “The moment you are trying to shoot 8 [under], you’re in effort. So, yeah, feels stunning to relish an opportunity.”

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