Sunday is going to be fun. Nine players are within three strokes of the lead after the third round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor, Florida.
However, everyone is after Adam Schenk, who is playing his 10th straight event and 17th of the season, the second-highest on Tour. Then there’s Jordan Spieth, who won the Valspar Championship in 2015, and Tommy Fleetwood, still looking for his first Tour win, who are a shot behind.
If you missed any 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 marathoner
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 is playing in as many events as he can. The Valspar Championship is his tenth consecutive Tour appearance, and he finished strong to maintain his lead heading into the final round.
Schenk birdied the 18th hole and shot a 1-under 70 on Saturday and sits at 8-under for the tournament. He went 1 over 15 before birdieing 16 and 18, two of the toughest holes on the course, to retake the lead heading into Sunday, where he will seek his first Tour win.
Schenk’s best finish in his recent stretch is T-20 at the Farmers Insurance Open, and he missed the cut last week at the Players Championship.
Jordan Spieth’s roller coaster round
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 shot of the day, Jordan Spieth quickly grabbed a hand from his driver and acted like it was going to be a bad shot.
It was 343 yards down the center of the fairway. His approach shot was 7 feet, 11 inches. He drained the eagle putt and his wild round was on.
There was no shortage of excitement during his rollercoaster third round, but he certainly kept fans on their toes with virtually every shot. Spieth shot a 2-under 69 and is 7-under for the tournament, which he won in 2015.
Also that 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 them up with birdies. The only hole he didn’t make? The 18th, when he failed to get up and down a green bunker for the first time this week (he conceded 8 of 8).
If Spieth could win on Sunday, it would be the second event he has won twice, joining the John Deere Classic. He will be in the final pairing with Schenk.
Tommy Lad seeks 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 Tommy Fleetwood not winning on the PGA Tour.
He has had four second-place finishes in his career, but is still looking for his first Tour victory. He has won six times on the DP World Tour. Come Sunday, he has a chance to change his record in the United States.
Fleetwood matched Spieth on a two-under 69, a round that featured two birdies and no bogeys. It was just the bogey-free third round on Saturday. He is tied at 7-under with Spieth and will be in the penultimate final group with Webb Simpson, who shot a 3-under 68 on moving day.
the chaser 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 standings with a round. He’s tied three-way for fourth at 6-under with Taylor Moore and Cody Gribble.
Moore shot 2-under on Saturday while Gribble shot 70-under. Gribble had a chance to become the fourth player to birdie every hole at the Snake Pit, but his putt on the finish narrowly missed.
Patton Kizzire, who shot 4-under on Saturday, is 5-under, along with Wyndham Clark and Matt Wallace.
shot of the day
Jordan Spieth continues to be magical with long-range bunker shots, even landing this one raw for a speed kill.
sunday weather forecast
General view of flag pin during the Tampa General Hospital Pro-Am Championship prior to the Valspar Championship on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club on March 16, 2022 in Palm Harbor, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
According to Windy.com, the winds are forecast to reach the mid-teens on Sunday with gusts up to 25 MPH possible. The temperature will be around 60 degrees in the afternoon. Intense cloudiness is expected throughout the day.
The story originally appeared on GolfWeek