Golf: Haas earns one-shot lead after 3 rounds at Valspar, world No. 1 Spieth is six shots back

Bill Haas hits off the 14th tee during the third round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort Copperhead Course.
Bill Haas hits off the 14th tee during the third round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort Copperhead Course.PHOTO: AFP

MIAMI (REUTERS) - Bill Haas carded a four-under 67 to earn a one-stroke lead over Graham DeLaet after the third round of the Valspar Championship in Florida on Saturday.

Haas, a six-time winner on the PGA Tour, collected five birdies with one bogey on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor to post an eight-under 205 total.

Canadian DeLaet carded a 68 to improve to seven under, within sight of his first PGA Tour victory.

Charley Hoffman (67) and Ryan Moore (69) trail by three shots, while Steve Stricker (72), the joint halfway leader, is part of a group sitting four behind.

Defending champion and world No. 1 Jordan Spieth, who shot an opening 76, carded a 67 to sit equal ninth, six shots off the pace.

The Texan has not given up making a run at the leaders on the final day.

"On this golf course, the leaders start getting four-to-five footers on greens that are a little inconsistent, who knows what's going to happen," he told reporters. "I really like the position we're in. Obviously the lead would be better but we've got momentum on our side."