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Burns struggles to keep share of Tampa lead with Bradley

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Burns battles to maintain share of Tampa fl lead with Bradley

HAND HARBOR, Fla. (AP) – Keegan Bradley struck among his worst shots of the round and also it caused eagle. Sam Burns struck a set of tee shots right where he desired and also they cost him bogeys.

They completed where they began Saturday in the Valspar Champion, linked for the lead, and also currently they entertain from Max Homa.

Both place a favorable spin on a careless coating at Innisbrook.

Burns had a three-shot lead with 5 openings continuing to be, and also he needed to make an 8-foot bogey putt on the 18th opening for a 2-under 69 simply to have an opportunity at sharing the lead.

“I thought I hit a really good tee shot on 16. It just snuck through the fairway there and just not really a good spot. And then 18, I thought that ball was in the fairway. I think it just kicked dead left and into a bad lie in the bunker,” Burns claimed.

“I can’t change anything from today,” he claimed. “So tomorrow will be a fresh start and we’ll try to work our process and go out there and try to take care of business.”

Bradley, whose chip-in for eagle on the par-5 14th transformed his ton of money rapidly, remained in the center of the 18th fairway when he lost in a shelter with a front pin. He blew up bent on 7 feet and also missed on the reduced side.

It was the 4th putt from inside 10 feet he missed on the back 9.

“Today could be my best round of the tournament so far. I just didn’t hole the putts that I’ve been making the first two rounds,” Bradley claimed. “But without doing that, I still shot 69 and I’m still tied for the lead. So all good.”

They went to 14-under 199, connecting the 54-hole competition document established by K.J. Choi in 2002 and also matched by Adam Hadwin in 2017.

Homa ran in a birdie putt from simply inside 30 feet on the 15th opening, and also after a bogey on the hard 16th, he liquidated his round of 66 by making a 35-foot flexing birdie putt from the edge on the 18th.

That makes 7 putts from 25 feet or much longer today for Homa, and also it left him just one flashed of the lead as he opts for his 2nd PGA Excursion success this year.

“Only one time I feel like I was out of position,” Homa claimed. “Really struck the ball well, kept making putts. So that’s been fun. But just kind of a repeat of last couple days.”

Burns contends the very least a share of the 54-hole lead for the 3rd time this period. He fired 2-over 72 in the Houston Open up to connect for 7th, and also his 2-under 69 at Riviera left him one flashed of a playoff at the Genesis Invitational won by Homa.

If the last hr was any type of sign, it doesn’t take much for the Viper training course at Innisbrook to attack back.

“There’s some birdies out there,” Abraham Ancer claimed after his 66. “But this golf course, if you’re not in the right position, man, you can make some bogeys quick.”

And also many thanks to a couple of fast bogeys by the leaders, Ancer is instantly back in the mix. He remained in the team at 10-under 203, in addition to Ted Potter Jr. (63), Joaquin Niemann (67) and also Cameron Tringale (67).

Niemann started his week in the exact same team as Dustin Johnson and also Justin Thomas, Nos. 1 and also 2 on the planet, that are no more component of the formula. Thomas had a 67 and also was 8 shots behind. Johnson took dual bogey on the 16th and also 18th openings for a 74 and also will certainly run out community prior to the last team embarks on.

Paul Casey’s quote for a 3rd successive win at the Valspar Champion is gone, as well. He fired 72 and also was 12 shots out of the lead.

The leading 3 all made eagle throughout a boiling Saturday, done in various style.

It began with Burns, that sent out a 3-hybrid skyrocketing with such elevation that it joined in front of the very first opening and also cleared up 30 inches away for a tap-in eagle. Burns likewise made a 35-foot birdie putt on the 3rd opening and also struck a hard shelter shot to 10 feet for birdie on the 5th.

Burns didn’t make an additional birdie over the last 13 openings.

The lead was 3 shots when Bradley missed out on a par putt on the 13th opening. However on the par-5 14th, Bradley chose the eco-friendly and also lost and also to the right. He contributed for eagle, and also on the following opening, and also 2 openings later on, Burns bogeyed the 16th.

Homa made his eagle by hand, holing out with a space wedge from 138 backyards on the 6th opening, which just produced 8 birdies the whole round.

Homa began the rounded 4 shots behind Burns and also Bradley, and also he dropped 7 shots back after the opening up 4 openings. That didn’t trouble him.

“I just knew if I posted 4 under-ish I would at least have a chance tomorrow, but that’s all you can do out here,” Homa claimed. “The moment you try to shoot 8 (under), you’re in trouble. So yeah, feels good to have a chance.”

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