Adam Hadwin takes 4-shot lead at Valspar as he looks for 1st PGA Tour win

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Adam Hadwin takes 4-shot lead at Valspar as he looks for 1st PGA Tour win

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Adam Hadwin takes 4-shot lead at Valspar as he looks for 1st PGA Tour win

Here is a recap of Saturday’s third round of the 2017 Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course:

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LEADING: Adam Hadwin’s quest for his first PGA Tour win grows ever closer. The 29-year-old Canadian started the second round with a one-shot lead but would boost his margin to four after a 4-under 67. Hadwin recently shot 59 at the CareerBuilder Challenge, where he’d finish solo second. Hadwin actually has nine top 10s in 77 PGA Tour starts, but the victory hasn’t come yet. He did have a two-shot 54-hole lead at CareerBuilder, but with a four-shot cushion this time, this is his best chance yet to get that maiden title.

CHASING: Look at Patrick Cantlay! Playing on a sponsor invite and in just his second start back on the PGA Tour since late 2014, Cantlay has gone 66-66 the last two days to reach 10 under and a tie for second. The former World No. 1 amateur is of course supremely talented and dealt with much heartache. What a story it would be if he can close out a high finish (and obviously even more amazing if he could win). Cantlay has nine starts (including this one) to earn $606,849 or 381.150 FedEx Cup points to move from a medical extension in the reshuffle category to the Major Medical category. Jim Herman, the 18-hole leader, has played his last 36 holes in even par. A third-round 71 sees him drop another spot to solo third at 9 under. Dominic Bozzelli sits fourth at 8 under.

SHOT OF THE DAY: You don’t just go out and shoot 67 with ease. It was a bogey-free round for Hadwin, and among his four birdies, this one stood out the most. Here’s a 55-footer he rolled right in for birdie at the par-3 15th to open his lead to four, the margin he’d finish the day with.

QUOTABLE: “If I can have a chance (Sunday) coming down the 18th hole, I’m going to be really happy with the way I played. … I just want a chance to win.” – Adam Hadwin

CHIP SHOTS:  Defending champion Charl Schwartzel made a nice move Saturday, firing a 67 to jump 25 spots to a tie for seventh. He’s 6 under and eight back heading into Sunday. … J.J. Henry also shot 67 to jump 15 spots to T-5 at 7 under. … Henrik Stenson is 7 under after a third-round 71. … Wesley Bryan faltered with a 72, but is still T-9 at 5 under. … Bryson DeChambeau also struggled to 72 but sits T-12 at 4 under. … Lee McCoy, who finished T-4 last year here as an amateur, fell back with a 74 and is T-49 at 1 over.

UP NEXT: Sunday’s final round will be on Golf Channel from 1-3 p.m. ET before switching over to NBC for a 3-6 p.m. slot. Follow all the action live on Golfweek.com and our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

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