Moore leads by one over Spieth at Innisbrook

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Birdies didn’t come easy Saturday at Innisbrook, but several players were able to jump up the leaderboard on moving day. Here’s where things stand heading into the final round at the Valspar Championship:

Leaderboard: Ryan Moore (-9), Jordan Spieth (-8), Derek Ernst (-7), Sean O’Hair (-6), Henrik Stenson (-5), Patrick Reed (-5), Matt Kuchar (-5)

What it means: Moore is the only player with three rounds in the 60s, and he closed strong with four back-nine birdies. The 2004 U.S. Amateur champ has four PGA Tour victories, including defending in Malaysia in November, but a win Sunday at Innisbrook would be his biggest to date. Meanwhile Spieth is still looking for his second PGA Tour title. However, the 10th-ranked player in the world won the Australian Open in November and the Hero World Challenge in December (it awards world ranking points, but it’s not an official event), and he has three top 10s in 2015.

Round of the day: Along with Moore, Daniel Summerhays went out early and posted a bogey-free, 4-under 67. He will start the final round five off the lead with an outside chance to win his first PGA Tour title.

Best of the rest: Spieth moved into second place with four birdies and one bogey for a 68. Reed and Kuchar both shot 68s, as well, to finish four off the lead and move into the hunt at the Copperhead Course.

Biggest disappointment: Brendon de Jonge started the day in the lead, but after a 4-over 75 he dropped all the way down to T-14, seven shots behind Moore.

Shot of the day: Ernst, the 757th-ranked player in the world, continues to have one of the most bizarre resumes in PGA Tour history. He came out of nowhere to win the 2013 Wells Fargo Championship, and he hasn’t finished in the top 25 since. He’s only two off the lead thanks to a chip-in par on the par-3 13th.

Biggest storyline going into Sunday: While Moore has more victories and the lead, all eyes will be on Spieth. The 21-year-old Texan hasn’t won an official PGA Tour title since his breakthrough at the 2013 John Deere, but as he showed in Australia and at the Hero, he’s getting used to being in the hunt on Sundays.