Defending champ Jordan Spieth twirled a bogey-free 4-under-par 35-32=67 on day three of the Valspar Championship for a 54-hole total of 2-under 211. UPDATE: With play completed, Spieth is T9, six back of 54-hole leader Bill Haas.
In his first (of five) title defenses in 2016, Spieth opened in 76-68, one better than the cut line, seven shy of 36-hole co-leaders Will MacKenzie and Steve Stricker. He went out on Sat. at 9:05 a.m. ET, and wrapped at 12:45 p.m., an hour before the leaders were set to go off, but he's up 30 places on the live leaderboard to T13, currently three off the overnight lead. The 22-year-old striped 11 (of 13) fairways and hit a week-best 12 greens in regulation, but registered a pedestrian 1.833 putts per GIR. His split included a two-putt birdie at the par-5 first, and 11 holes later, a 31-footer at the par-4 12th. In-between, he missed two scoring chances from inside of 10 feet. The keys to his lap were 6-for-6 in scrambling, including a 7'2" one-putt par on 13 (sand save), and a 52'1" bomb for eagle-3 at the 14th, which completed his scoring. Spieth was solo second here last year thru 54 holes, one adrift, and shot 2-under 69 in the finale, eventually winning in sudden death.