CONNERS LEADS FOR 3RD STRAIGHT ROUND WITH WOODS, ROSE, SNEDEKER JUST ONE BACK
The final round of the Valspar Championship will feature a packed leaderboard with star power. Three acknowledged champions – Tiger Woods, with 79 PGA TOUR victories; 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Justin Rose and eight-time PGA TOUR winner Brandt Snedeker – are all tied at 8-under-par.
But the solo leader, as it has been for the first three rounds, is Corey Conners, a relatively unknown 26-year old Canadian. Conners, who did not get into the tournament until Monday, has never finished in the top 20 in a PGA TOUR event, much less won one.
On a Saturday without much wind, Conners had a 68 – his third straight round in the 60s – to finish -9, and stay ahead of Rose at 66 and Woods and Snedeker at 67.
Woods gave notice that his comeback is on track, making five birdies against one bogey and held a share of the lead during the round.
Rose, back at Innisbrook after a two-year absence, has finished in the top 20 five times in nine previous starts on the Copperhead. Snedeker, who will be playing with Woods for the second straight round and fifth time this year, has a 4th and an 8th in eight previous tournaments at Innisbrook.
1 Corey Conners -9
T-2 Tiger Woods -8
T-2 Brandt Snedeker -8
T-2 Justin Rose -8
T-5 Sam Burns -6
T-5 Patrick Reed -6
T-7 Tyrone Van Aswegen -5
T-7 Ryan Palmer -5
T-7 Kelly Kraft -5
T-7 Rory Sabbatini -5
T-11 Webb Simpson -4
T-11 Louis Oosthuizen -4
T-11 Adam Scott -4
T-11 Paul Casey -4
T-11 Branden Grace -4
T-11 Russell Knox -4
T-11 Trey Mullinax -4
The Osprey Driving Range rocked to Valspar LIVE! on Saturday night featuring Jake Owen and Dustin Lynch.
As play begins on Sunday, 16 players are within five shots of the lead
Canadians have held the solo lead at the end of each of the last five rounds of the Valspar Championship.
If Tiger Woods gets an 80th PGA TOUR victory today, he will be two behind Sam Snead’s PGA TOUR record of 82
It seems likely that a 16th different individual will become a Valspar Championship winner today. Of the five past champions in the field, Sean O’Hair (2008) is in the best position at 3 under par, six back.
Select A Day Tickets for Sunday’s final round of the Valspar Championship are on sale at ValsparChampionship.com and at the tournament admission gate. Ticket sales at Publix have closed. Other ticket packages, including the Hooters Owl’s Nest, are sold out.
Advance on-line parking at the three main lots – Green, Red and Silver – is sold out.
Cash parking for $10, with shuttle busing, is available at two additional lots near the course on an as available basis. Parking at the Bronze Lot at Palm Harbor University High School. You are advised to purchase Bronze Lot parking in advance.
The Keystone Lot at the southeast corner of Keystone and East Lake Road, convenient for fans in northern Hillsborough County, as well as Pasco County, is cash only on a first-come, first-parked basis.
Fans approaching from the south will find ample parking at Great Bay Distributors at 2750 Eagle Avenue North, off 28th Street in St. Petersburg, north of Gandy Boulevard. That is also served by shuttle buses.
Fans without advanced parking are highly encouraged to use Yellow Cab/United Taxi or a ride share service. Passengers will be dropped off at 169 West Klosterman Road and shuttled the short distance to the course.