Valspar Championship
March 11, 2017

Valspar: Hadwin in control, leads Cantlay by four

Valspar Championship - Round Three

Valspar Championship - Round Three

PALM HARBOR, FL - MARCH 11: Adam Hadwin of Canada hits off the sixth tee during the third round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort Copperhead Course on March 11, 2017 in Palm Harbor, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Sam Greenwood

Canadian Adam Hadwin shot a four-under par 67 in the third round on Saturday to open a four-stroke lead in the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla.

Hadwin, 29, had four birdies in a bogey-free round that game him a 54-hole lead for the second time in 2017. At the CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, Calif., in January, Hadwin shot 59 at La Quinta Country Club to take a one-stroke lead into the final round. On Sunday there, he shot 70 and finished second, a stroke behind winner Hudson Swafford.

“I learned a ton,” he said of his experience in the final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge. “I was right there the whole day and I gave myself a chance to win coming down to the last two, three holes. And that’s really my mindset, even coming out today and will be going out tomorrow. If I can have a chance coming down the 18th hole I’m going to be really happy with the way I played, whether I’ve got to be five-under or two over. I just want a chance to win.”

Patrick Cantlay, once a prospective star, posted a second straight round of five-under 66 to climb into second place in only his second PGA Tour start since November, 2014. Cantlay, 24, tied for 47th in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am last month in his return from a debilitating back injury and the death of his caddie and best friend Chris Roth.

Jim Herman, who began the round trailing Hadwin by a stroke, fell five behind after his even-par round of 71.

Henrik Stenson, who began the round trailing Hadwin by three, now trails by seven after posting a 71.

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