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Keegan Bradley, Sam Burns stay atop Valspar leaderboard

Second spherical co-leaders Keegan Bradley and Sam Burns every had an eagle, two birdies and two bogeys and stayed atop the leaderboard after Saturday’s third spherical of the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla.

Bradley, who additionally led after Thursday’s first spherical, and Burns shot 2-under 69s to shut Saturday at 14-under 199, adequate for a one-shot lead over Max Homa.

The distinction within the leaders’ playing cards was that Burns’ eagle got here on the par-5 first gap at Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course, whereas Bradley scored an eagle on the par-5 14th gap. Each of the co-leaders had their birdies on the entrance 9 and their bogeys on the again 9.

After the spherical, Burns, who has but to win on the Tour, seemed ahead to placing Saturday’s tough end behind him.

“Yeah, I mean, I can’t change anything from today, so tomorrow will be a fresh start and we’ll try to work our process and just go out there and try to take care of business,” he mentioned.

Bradley, a four-time Tour winner together with the 2011 PGA Championship, mentioned he missed some alternatives Saturday.

“I just didn’t hole the putts that I’ve been making the first two rounds. But without doing that, I still shot 69 and I’m still tied for the lead, so all good,” he mentioned.

“I know I can do it. I know I’ve been up here and won some big tournaments in my career, and I feel like if I go out tomorrow and stick to my process, I can have a chance coming down the end,” Bradley mentioned.

Homa, who started the day amongst 4 gamers tied for third place, had an eventful path to a 5-under 66, posting an eagle, 5 birdies and two bogies.

In two notable four-hole sequences, Homa had two birdies and the eagle on Nos. 5-8, and completed his day with birdie-bogey-par-birdie.

Among 4 gamers tied for fourth was Ted Potter Jr., who fired one of the best spherical of the day, an 8-under 63. He recorded 5 birdies vs. one bogey on the entrance 9, and he went bogey-eagle to open the again 9, after which birdied three of his subsequent 4 holes.

Potter mentioned he “hit a lot of good iron shots today, too, to give myself good looks at some birdies. I had a lot of putts that didn’t have a lot of break to them, so that helped a lot out there.”

Joining Potter at 10-under 203 general had been Abraham Ancer of Mexico (66 on Saturday), Chile’s Joaquim Niemann (67) and Cameron Tringale (67).

Two-time defending champion Paul Casey of England shot 1-over 72 and tumbled right into a tie for 14th place at 2-under 211.

–Field Level Media

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