Proving he wasn’t just a one-day wonder, Adam Hadwin shot a 4-under 67 to open up a 4-stroke lead through 54 holes at the Valspar Championship on Saturday.
He mastered the back nine with birdie putts from 35 and 55 feet out, but his biggest was a bending birdie on No. 18 that pushed the lead to four.
“Three shots is much easier to come back from than four shots is,” Hadwin said after a clean card of 4-under 67. “That extra shot could be everything tomorrow. That was a big putt for me, I think, mentally going into tomorrow.”
“But the other side of things is that guys are going to have to shoot a good score to catch you,” he said. “To go bogey-free today, I mean, I’d love to do that again tomorrow. I think somebody would have to play an extremely good round of golf to catch me. Make some pars and make guys come and get you.”
American Patrick Cantlay shot 1-under to reach 10-under. Jim Herman, the leader after 18 holes, is third at 9-under. Of the three, only Herman has ever won a PGA Tour event, doing so at 2016’s Shell Houston Open.