Bill Haas smoothed a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in today's third round of the Valspar Championship to post 8-under 205, up two spots on the day and good for the 54-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With play completed, Haas leads by one over Graham DeLaet.
Haas opened his eighth Valspar in 71-67 for a three-way T3 after two days, one shy of 36-hole co-leaders Will MacKenzie and Steve Stricker. Playing out of the third-to-last pairing, he striped eight (of 13) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, circling five birdies for a second consecutive day. The 33-year-old, looking for his seventh win on TOUR, first since the 2015 Farmers, circled birdies on Nos. 1, 4, 10, 11 and a chip-in on the par-3 15th. Thru three rounds, he currently co-leads the field in GIR at 70.37 percent (38/54), is fifth in strokes gained: putting, but a pedestrian 47th in putts per GIR, including a three-putt from 40'6" on the par-3 13th, his lone bogey of the day.