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PGA TOUR: Mitchell closes with an eagle to take 2-shot lead in Valspar Championship

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PGA TOUR: Mitchell closes with an eagle to take 2-shot lead in Valspar Championship

Palm Harbour (USA) March 24 (IANS) Keith Mitchell holed an eagle from the fairway on the 18th to take a two-shot lead in the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course here. Mitchell shot 5-under 66 on Saturday to get to 10-under at the start of the weekend where all 77 players who made the cut were within six shots of each other.

Mitchell went birdie-birdie-eagle on the last four holes to take a clear lead. He is two shots ahead of Mackenzie Hughes (69), Seamus Power (68) and Peter Malnati (68).

The 50-year-old Stewart Cink, who began the third round in a five-way tie for the lead, had two early birdies and was leading through seven holes when he three-putted from 30 feet on the par-3 eighth. It only got worse from there. Cink shot 41 on the back nine for a 76, taking him from the lead to nine shots behind.

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Indian American Akshay Bhatia (70) is T-46 at 1-under and the top Asian is K.H Lee (70) in T-13 at 5-under.

–IANS

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