World No. 481 J.J. Henry fired a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in today's third round of the Valspar Championship to reach 7-under 206, up 13 spots to solo 7th and tying the low round in the clubhouse with Charl Schwartzel. UPDATE: With play completed, Henry's in a two-way T5, seven adrift of 54-hole leader Adam Hadwin, while Patrick Cantlay had the low round with 66.
The 41-year-old is making his 14th appearance, first since a missed cut in 2015, with two previous top-25 finishes among eight cashes. His best is T20 in 2011 (69-72-66-71). The Connecticut native is in the last season of full exempt status from his third TOUR title at the 2015 Barracuda. He arrived at 145th in the FedExCup standings with five missed cuts versus five cashes and one top-25 finish, a T17 at the Genesis, his first top 25 since the playoff win at Barracuda. The TCU alum opened with 72 but has chased with a pair of 67s, circling six birdies against two bogeys in each of the last two rounds. Today, he landed nine (of 13) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, recording 1.545 putts per GIR and 2.532 SG: Putting. Henry squared the fourth (3-putt from 51'10") and the par-4 16th (tee ball in the water), but outpaced them with birdies at 1, 7, 8, 10, 11 and 13, each from inside of 13 feet.