Thursday, March 30, 2017

You Oughta Know: Valspar unkind to 54-hole leaders

PALM HARBOR, Fla. – Adam Hadwin shot a bogey-free 67 Saturday to take a four-shot lead at the Valspar Championship. Here is what You Oughta Know heading into the final round.

• This is Hadwin’s second 54-hole lead in the past seven weeks. When he held the third-round lead at the CareerBuilder Challenge, he shot 70 in the final round and lost to Hudson Swafford by one.

• The player whom Hadwin led after 54 holes in the California desert? Dominic Bozzelli, who now sits in fourth place, six shots back, here in Tampa.

• 13 Canadians have won on the PGA Tour, including one earlier this season – Mackenzie Hughes, who prevailed in a playoff at the RSM Classic.

• Hadwin’s four-shot lead is the largest at this event since K.J. Choi had a five-shot cushion in 2002. His 14-under 199 total also tied Choi’s tournament record.

• Since 2008, only two 54-hole leaders at Innisbrook have gone on to win. The last three winners have all come from behind.

• Patrick Cantlay, playing on a sponsor exemption and major medical extension, needs to earn $607,000 in the next nine events to keep his card. Currently alone in second place, he will satisfy that requirement if he finishes in the same position (worth $680,400).

• The Valspar is the last chance for players to qualify for the WGC-Match Play. To crack the top 64 in the world, Jim Herman likely needs a two-way tie for second, while Wesley Bryan needs a solo sixth or better.

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