You Oughta Know: Valspar Championship


Third-round Valspar Championship leader Ryan Moore is looking for his fifth PGA Tour win, but the golf gods haven't been kind to 54-hole leaders of late. Here's what You Oughta Know heading into the final round at Innisbrook's Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor, Fla., where Moore leads Jordan Spieth by one shot:

• A 54-hole leader or co-leader has not won on the PGA Tour over the last seven events.

• The last nine 54-hole leaders or co-leaders failed to break par in final round

• The last 54-hole leader to win was Bill Haas, who was tied for the lead after three rounds at the Humana Challenge.

• Only two of the previous seven Valspar winners held or shared the 54-hole lead (Kevin Streelman and Jim Furyk).

• From Moore's standpoint, the outlook is slightly brighter - he has converted half (3 for 6) of his previous 54-hole lead on Tour.

• Moore has not exactly been Mariano Rivera as a closer lately. He shot 76 on Sunday at Doral to finish T9, and he's a combined 8 over par for his most recent three final rounds.

• If Moore wins, he is projected to move to into the top 20 in the Official World Golf Ranking (17th) for the first time

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• Moore's most recent win was the CIMB Classic last November, part of the PGA Tour's 2014-15 wraparound schedule. If he wins Sunday, it would mark the first time he has won more than once in a season.

• Spieth, 21, is looking for his second official PGA Tour win. If he gets it, he would become the youngest two-time Tour winner since Sergio Garcia in 2001.

• A Spieth win would be his third worldwide win since the end of November (Australian Open, Hero World Challenge).

• Spieth would be the third-youngest two-time Tour winner of the last 25 years, behind Tiger Woods and Garcia.

• A win would move Spieth to sixth in the OWGR, a career high.

Derek Ernst, who trails by two, is a perfect 42-for-42 on putts inside 7 feet this week.

• Even if Ernst doesn't win, he appears likely to notch his first top-50 finish of the season.

• Sean O’Hair, three shots off the lead, is looking for his fifth career PGA Tour win and first since the 2011 Canadian Open.

Matt Kuchar (four shots back) is Mr. Consistency - he has 50 top-10 finishes since the beginning of 2010 (12 more than anyone else in that span)

Vijay Singh (five shots back), who will be 52 years and 22 days old on Sunday; would be the second-oldest winner in PGA Tour history, behind only Sam Snead, who was 7 1/2 months older when he won the 1965 Greater Greensboro Open.

(Research by Golf Channel Sr. Researcher Justin Ray)