Winless Schenk leads from Spieth, Fleetwood on PGA Tour
Winless on the PGA Tour, Adam Schenk holds a slender one-shot lead from established stars Jordan Spieth and Tommy Fleetwood after a wild and windy third round of the Valspar Championship in Florida.
Schenk hit his approach to the 18th hole to five feet and made the birdie putt for a one-under 70 on Saturday to get to eight under.
Playing his 10th week in a row with his wife, Courtney, expecting their first child next month, the 31-year-old Schenk has had at least a share of the lead each day heading into Sunday's final round on the Copperhead course at Innisbrook.
"It was a battle all day. Not a ton went our way early," Schenk said. "We really hung in there. (My caddy) did a great job of telling me that everybody's going to struggle today, it's windy, it's difficult."
Three-time major champion Spieth shot a 69 as he eyes a 14th PGA Tour win ahead of next month's Masters at Augusta, where he triumphed in 2015.
Spieth opened with a six-iron to seven feet for eagle and led by as many as two shots but had five bogeys against four birdies in his final 12 holes.
"I didn't have my best stuff in the approach game, but overall I'm in a good spot for tomorrow," said Spieth, who will play in the final group with Schenk.
A six-time winner in Europe, Fleetwood also posted a 69, going bogey-free.
"I think the first thing to look at is bogey-free," Fleetwood said.
"I made no dropped shots, I never went backwards once. I think that was just, they're always nice, no matter where you play nor when you're playing, but on a day like today when it's really tough, I felt like that was really important."
Eight players were within three shots of the lead.
Webb Simpson had a 68 that included a bogey on the par-5 14th when he hit into the water while trying to lay up. He was two shots behind, along with Taylor Moore (69) and Cody Gribble (70).
Cameron Percy was best of the Australians, tied 25th at one under after a 69 with Harrison Endycott a further four shots back after a 73.
with AAP and Reuters