Adam Hadwin, a 29-year-old from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, made four birdies and no bogeys in round three to take a 4-stroke lead into the final round. His lead is the largest since K.J. Choi led by five strokes in 2002.
Hadwin’s 14-under 199 ties the record for best 54-hole score in the Valspar Championship (K.J. Choi/2002).
With a win Sunday, Hadwin would become the 14th Canadian to win on the PGA TOUR, joining George Knudson, Mike Weir, Ian Leggatt, Stan Leonard, Richard Zokol, Dan Halldorson, Dave Barr, Al Balding, Jules Huot, Al Johnston, Stephen Ames, Nick Taylor and Mackenzie Hughes.
With a win, Hadwin would become the second player to win on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada, Web.com Tour and the PGA TOUR. With his win at The RSM Classic earlier this season, Mackenzie Hughes became the first.
Hadwin is a two-time winner on both the Web.com Tour (2014 Chile Classic, 2014 Chiquita Classic) and the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada (2010 Desert Dunes Classic, 2011 Pacific Colombia Tour Championship). He went on to secure the top spot on the Web.com Tour’s money list in 2014.
Patrick Cantlay posted a 5-under 66 for the second straight day to get to 10-under 203. He will enter Sunday’s final round four strokes back.
Due to an injury in 2013, the former No.1-ranked amateur in the world is playing this season on the PGA TOUR on a Major Medical Extension.
Jim Herman followed up an opening-round 9-under 62 with an even-par 71 in rounds two and three. Herman recovered from bogeys at Nos. 15 and 16 with a birdie-par finish at the final two holes.
PGA TOUR rookie Dominic Bozzelli had only one bogey, at the par-4 16th hole with birdies at Nos. 10 and 14. At 8-under 205, he will begin Sunday’s final round six strokes back.
Hadwin obviously was pleased with is play Saturday. “Yeah, it was a great day, I played really solid, a lot of fairways, a lot of greens again. Made a couple bombs that probably shouldn’t have gone in, but good speed and was able to pick the right line and just real solid golf tee-to-green”,said Hadwin.
“Every time I got off-line, I got myself back in position and when I was able to be aggressive, I was aggressive and hit good shots. Just striking it real solid right now, which is what you need it do around this Copperhead golf course” said Hadwin. “You know, just stay patient, keep playing my game tomorrow, and if I keep playing like this, I’ll have a chance coming up 18.”
Patrick Cantlay on his round said, “The course is tough, so everything was working today. Everything was good. Hit a lot of fairways, a lot of greens. Tried to play smart and play to the middle of greens. You know, take my chances when I got them on some of the fives. Rolled it well, too. Rolled a long one in on the last, so that was nice.”
Hadwin said he had never played Augusta National because he didn’t want to unless he qualified to play in the Masters. He is four shots ahead and 18 holes away from having that dream come true on Sunday.