Cana­dian eyes first PGA Tour win

New Straits Times - - Sport -

CANADA’S Adam Had­win fired a bo­gey-free four-un­der par 67 to seize a four-stroke lead over Amer­i­can Pa­trick Cant­lay after the third round of the US PGA Valspar Cham­pi­onship on Satur­day.

The 29-year-old from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan — seek­ing his first PGA crown — stood on 14un­der 199 after 54 holes over In­nis­brook’s Cop­per­head course in Palm Harbor, Florida.

“I’ve been re­ally proud of my­self grind­ing things out. I just have to come out and do the same thing to­mor­row,” Had­win said.

“I’m go­ing to play well to­mor­row (late yes­ter­day) if I give my­self a chance to win on 18 — if I’ve got to be five-over or two-un­der, I just want a chance to win.”

Cant­lay, also seek­ing his first PGA ti­tle, roared into sec­ond with the day’s low round, a 66, to reach late yes­ter­day’s fi­nal pair­ing on 203, one ahead of com­pa­triot Jim Her­man, who led on Thurs­day after an open­ing 62, and two bet­ter than Amer­i­can Do­minic Bozzelli.

“I’m not go­ing to worry about any­thing else, fair­ways and greens and make as many putts as I can,” Cant­lay said of his strat­egy.

“Try not to have too many ex­pec­ta­tions, try to stick to my pro­gram, hit fair­ways and greens, try to stick to my deal and not have a whole lot of doubts.”

Bri­tish Open cham­pion Hen­rik Sten­son of Swe­den and Amer­i­can J.J. Henry shared fifth on 206.

Had­win eased his nerves with an open­ing birdie, find­ing the fringe with his sec­ond shot and two-putting from there.

“I felt re­ally good on the golf course,” Had­win said. “A lit­tle ner­vous on the putting green. Got over that pretty quickly, made a good drive, a good swing and two putts for a birdie. That re­laxed me re­ally quick.”

Had­win added a six-foot birdie putt at the sev­enth, then dropped a 33-foot birdie putt at the par-4 12th thanks to some help from be­ing able to read a sim­i­lar putt from play­ing part­ner Her­man.

“He putted right on that line just be­fore me,” Had­win said. “I had a good look at it and judged the speed right.”

The Cana­dian fol­lowed with a 55-foot birdie putt at the par-3 15th and sank a testy six-foot par putt at the 18th to keep his fourstroke ad­van­tage.

“It was huge,” Had­win said. “To end on that, a ton of mo­men­tum com­ing into to­mor­row.

“With this ball strik­ing com­ing around, the sky is the limit. I have to stay pa­tient and just keep play­ing my game.”

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