World No. 70 Jason Dufner styled a 4-under-par 35-32=67 in the final round of the Valspar Championship to reach 6-under 278, up 17 spots on the live leaderboard to T8 and matching the low round in the clubhouse with Graham DeLaet and Graeme McDowell. UPDATE: With play completed, Dufner finished T11 while Tony Finau had the low round with 64.
This was the 39-year-old's 10th appearance, ninth cash, seventh top 25, and possibly second top 10 (T10/2012). After opening in 68-71-72, he began on 2-under (T25), a distant 12 back of 54-hole leader Adam Hadwin but just three off the overnight top 10. The Auburn alum found seven (of 13) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, posting 1.462 putts per GIR, currently leading in the latter with a cumulative 1.600. He squared three bogeys at holes 4, 6 and 15 (failed scrambles), overpowered by seven birdies, including back-to-backs to open and back-to-backs to close. The Cleveland native's split featured three from between eight and nine feet, adding birdie-bombs of 26'2" at the par-4 second and 27'0" at the par-3 17th. This was Dufner's sixth start of the season and fifth top 25, fourth consecutive, and a possible first top 10. Mar 12 - 3:32 PM