Adam Schenk Leads Jordan Spieth And Tommy Fleetwood To Final Round Of Valspar Championship
Jordan Spieth carded 69 and was one stroke off the lead at 7 under par.His three-time major winner opened with the Eagle, and during the round he led by two strokes, but in the final 12 he hit only three pars on the hole.
Last updated: 19/03/23 12:09am
Adam Schenck maintained his lead in Saturday’s Valspar Championship as Tommy Fleetwood and Jordan Spieth came within a shot of him heading into the final round.
Schenk kept the approach within 5 feet on the 18th and sank a birdie putt to score a 1-under 70th round and take a one-shot advantage at the end of a windy and rough round.
“It didn’t work out until the end,” Schenk said.
A birdie started the round, but neither did Fleetwood, who continued with a 12 straight par. He recorded his 69 without a bogey to sink him to 7 under par and share his second place with Spieth on the leaderboard.
It was he who directed Saturday’s action. The American also scored 69, but wasted many chances to get off the field.
Spieth started with an eagle and was led by as many as two shots during the round. However, in his final 12 holes he only hit 3 par, of which he birdied after a bogey on four.
However, that ended in the 18th when he hit a tree on the drive, entered the front bunker and was blown into the collar at the pin for the final bogey.
“We didn’t perform our best in the approach game, but overall we’re in a good position for tomorrow,” Spieth said.
“I made too many mistakes, but overall I think in these conditions I would have signed at 2 under.”
The weather was as turbulent as his round, reaching 20 mph and shifting in a completely different direction as the final group was on the back nine.
The expected rain did not materialize, but Innisbrook expected an evening shower that could give a premium to scoring.
At 8-under, Schenk will play Spieth in the final group, and Spieth’s game seems to be shaping up ahead of the Masters.
8 players lead within 3 shots. Webb Simpson had a 68, including a bogey, when he hit the water trying to lay up on the par-5 14th.
He was two strokes behind Taylor Moore (69) and Cody Gribble (70). Patton Kizier has his 67 RBIs and he’s 5-under, with Windham Clarke and Englishman Matt Wallace in line.
Fleetwood, Wallace’s hometown, was the most stable of them all. He made birdies on the opening par-5 hole and the par-5 14th hole and had a large collection of par putts to keep his momentum going.
“I kept plugging in,” said Fleetwood. “The par was good. It was hard to get a birdie.
“I have never set back. I was very happy with the above standard.”
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