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Bill Haas leads Valspar, but Jordan Spieth is in contention

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Bill Haas scrambled to his second 67 Saturday, a score that will enable him to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Valspar Championships.

Not far back, however, is Jordan Spieth, who was presumably out of things.

Well, maybe not so much. Spieth shot a 67 Saturday, and is now tied for ninth in the tournament. He might need some help to get into contention, but he’s closer than most would have thought.

“I scrambled well,” Haas said. “The times I was a little loose off the tee maybe, I birdied 10 which looked like a ball that could be in the trees and I was just — I was fine, there was nothing in front of me but certainly a couple yards left and I’m chipping out and then I end up making birdie.

Spieth left the course thinking he could still post a winning number.

“After the round you’re always going to think of the ones that didn’t go,” Spieth said. “Right in this par stretch here everyone of those holes I had a good look at birdie and couldn’t get the speed and the line matched up. But, yeah, I mean I’m still in this golf course, something like 7-under tomorrow which is feasible. So, to think after the 1st Round that I go Saturday night and be able to sleep with a chance to win the golf course, I’m very pleased with that.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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