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Ryan Moore's strong finish gives him third-round lead at Valspar

Ryan Moore's strong finish gives him third-round lead at Valspar

Ryan Moore had no trouble explaining how, after 12 consecutive pars to start the third round of the Valspar Championship at Palm Harbor, Fla., he birdied four of the final six holes Saturday. “I just hit it closer,” he said. The result was a four-under-par 67 that pushed Moore to a 54-hole total of nine-under 204 and a one-shot lead over Jordan Spieth on Innisbrook Resort's Copperhead course. Spieth shot 68. Derek Ernst was another stroke back after a 69. The field was like a crowded freeway early before Moore finally opened up some space. When the final pairing of Brendon de Jonge and Spieth reached its fifth hole, they were part of an eight-way tie for the lead...

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