Jordan Spieth at Valspar Championship 2016: Saturday Score and Reaction

Joe PantornoFeatured ColumnistMarch 12, 2016

Jordan Spieth hits his tee shot on the first hole during the third round of the Valspar Championship golf tournament Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Palm Harbor, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
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Jordan Spieth continued his upswing at the Valspar Championship during the tournament's third round on Saturday. After shooting a five-over on Thursday and a three-under on Friday, Spieth put together his best round of the tournament with a four-under 67 on Saturday. 

His big Saturday helped him move into a tie for 14th-place at the time of his finish, which is quite the improvement considering he was tied for 117th after Thursday's first round.

Jordan Spieth Round 3 Scorecard

Unlike Friday, in which he started his round off with a bogey, Spieth began his third round with a birdie on No. 1. It was set up thanks to a 324-yard opening drive and a 234-yard approach that put him within 20 feet of the hole. 

While he had difficulties deciphering the speeds of the greens on Friday, Spieth sank the early birdie chance on Saturday. 

That set the tone for his putting game, and while he parred his next 10 holes, Spieth needed to make some big putts to set up some easy par saves. 

Spieth got his second birdie of the day on No. 12 thanks to a 31-foot putt to go two-under on the day, but that looked pedestrian compared to what he did on No. 14. 

The world's No. 1 player launched a 318-yard drive and a 256-yard approach to get on the green of the par-five, 590-yard 14th hole, but he was still over 50 feet away from the pin. It was no problem, as Spieth sunk the long-distance putt for an eagle, which moved him to four-under on the day and two-under for the tournament. 

The PGA Tour showed some of his best putts of the day:

They also couldn't help but marvel at his comeback:

His final four holes were uneventful as he parred out to end his day just three strokes off the lead. 

It's been an incredible turnaround from Spieth, who went from struggling to stay in the tournament on Friday to entering the discussion for the lead heading into the final day. 

If he can put together another performance like this on Sunday, Spieth could pull out a title at the Valspar Championship from nothing.   

Post-Round Reaction

Spieth spoke with the media after his bogey-free round on Saturday:

In Spieth's case, patience really did pay off as he wasn't overly aggressive at Innisbrook. Instead of scrambling to try and lower his score as quick as possible and getting burned on tougher holes, Spieth simply played the course. 

Under that philosophy, chances presented themselves to the Spieth and he was able to take advantage of that. Playing with that same kind of mindset on Sunday would allow Spieth to take advantage of mistakes made by other players among the leaderboard and he could make a serious push for the title.

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