PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Keegan Bradley hit one in every of his worst photographs of the spherical and it led to eagle. Sam Burns hit a pair of tee photographs proper the place he needed and so they price him bogeys.
They completed the place they began Saturday within the Valspar Championship — tied for the lead — and now they’ve firm from Max Homa.
Each put a constructive spin on a sloppy end at Innisbrook.
Burns had a 3-shot lead with 5 holes remaining, and he needed to make an 8-foot bogey putt on the 18th gap for a 2-under 69 simply to have an opportunity at sharing the lead.
“I assumed I hit a extremely good tee shot on 16. It simply snuck by the golf green there and simply not likely a great place. After which 18, I assumed that ball was within the fairway. I believe it simply kicked useless left and into a foul lie within the bunker,” Burns mentioned.
“I can not change something from in the present day,” he mentioned. “So tomorrow will probably be a contemporary begin and we’ll attempt to work our course of and go on the market and attempt to deal with enterprise.”
Bradley, whose chip-in for eagle on the par-5 14th turned his fortunes shortly, was in the course of the 18th fairway when he got here up quick in a bunker with a entrance pin. He blasted out to 7 toes and missed on the low aspect.
It was the fourth putt from inside 10 toes that he missed on the again 9.
“Right now could possibly be my finest spherical of the event to date. I simply did not gap the putts that I have been making the primary two rounds,” Bradley mentioned. “However with out doing that, I nonetheless shot 69 and I am nonetheless tied for the lead. So all good.”
Homa ran in a birdie putt from simply inside 30 toes on the fifteenth gap, and after a bogey on the powerful sixteenth, he closed out his spherical 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 just one shot out of the lead as he goes for his second PGA Tour victory this yr.
“Just one time I really feel like I used to be out of place,” Homa mentioned. “Actually struck the ball nicely, saved making putts. In order that’s been enjoyable. However simply type of a repeat of final couple days.”
Burns has not less than a share of the 54-hole lead for the third time this season. He shot 2-over 72 within the Houston Open to tie for seventh, and his 2-under 69 at Riviera left him 1 shot out of a playoff on the Genesis Invitational received by Homa.
If the final hour was any indication, it does not take a lot for the Copperhead course at Innisbrook to chunk again.
“There’s some birdies on the market,” Abraham Ancer mentioned after his 66. “However this golf course, when you’re not in the appropriate place, man, you may make some bogeys fast.”
And thanks to a couple fast bogeys by the leaders, Ancer is out of the blue again within the combine. He was within the group at 10-under 203, together with Ted Potter Jr. (63), Joaquin Niemann (67) and Cameron Tringale (67).
Niemann started his week in the identical group as Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas, Nos. 1 and a couple of on the earth, who’re not a part of the equation. Thomas had a 67 and was 8 photographs behind. Johnson took double bogey on the sixteenth and 18th holes for a 74 and will probably be out of city earlier than the ultimate group tees off.
Paul Casey‘s bid for a 3rd consecutive win on the Valspar Championship is gone, too. He shot 72 and was 12 photographs out of the lead.
The highest three all made eagle throughout a sweltering Saturday, all in several vogue.
It began with Burns, who despatched a 3-hybrid hovering with such peak that it pitched in entrance of the primary gap and settled 30 inches away for a tap-in eagle. Burns additionally made a 35-foot birdie putt on the third gap and hit a troublesome bunker shot to 10 toes for birdie on the fifth.
Burns did not make one other birdie over the ultimate 13 holes.
The lead was 3 photographs when Bradley missed a par putt on the thirteenth gap. However on the par-5 14th, Bradley went for the inexperienced and got here up quick and to the appropriate. He chipped in for eagle, and on the following gap, and two holes later, Burns bogeyed the sixteenth.
Homa made his eagle the arduous method, holing out with a spot wedge from 138 yards on the sixth gap, which solely yielded eight birdies the whole spherical.
Homa began the spherical 4 photographs behind Burns and Bradley, and he fell 7 photographs again after the opening 4 holes. That did not hassle him.
“I simply knew if I posted 4 under-ish I might not less than have an opportunity tomorrow, however that is all you are able to do out right here,” Homa mentioned. “The second you attempt to shoot 8 [under], you are in hassle. So, yeah, feels good to have an opportunity.”