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You Oughta Know: Valspar Championship

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After three days on the Copperhead Course where low scores were hard to come by, Robert Garrigus tops the leaderboard in Tampa. Here's what You Oughta Know heading into the final round of the Valspar Championship, where Garrigus leads by one as he looks to win for the second time on the PGA Tour:

  • Garrigus captured the season-ending event at Disney in 2010, but also has had a series of near-misses, including three playoff losses. The most recent of those extra-hole defeats came at Innisbrook in 2012, when he lost to Luke Donald in a four-man playoff that also included Jim Furyk and Sang-Moon Bae.
  • While the position of 54-hole leader is often advantageous on the PGA Tour, that hasn't been the case for Garrigus. Sunday will mark the fourth time he has taken a lead into the final round; in each of the other three instances, he finished second.
  • One of the longer hitters on Tour, this week Garrigus has taken advantage of Innisbrook's par-5 holes, playing the four of them collectively in 10 under through the first three rounds. He's a combined 2 over on the other 42 holes.
  • While his slow play created some controversy Saturday, Kevin Na remained in contention for yet another strong result this season. After missing much of 2013 because of injury, Na has rebounded with three top-10 finishes in nine '13-14 starts. He appears to be in position to add to that total, as Na will tee off in the final group with Garrigus, trailing by a shot.
  • After a Saturday 64, Retief Goosen is firmly in contention as he looks to end a lengthy winless drought. The two-time major champ has missed a significant amount of time over the past two years because of injury issues, but he'll tee off Sunday just four shots off the pace. While he has seven PGA Tour wins, Goosen hasn't hoisted a trophy since he won at Innisbrook in 2009.
  • Having already missed three starts this year with shoulder tendinitis, Justin Rose has shown no signs of discomfort this week. Rose has shot par or better in each of his first three rounds at Innisbrook, and he will begin the final round just three shots off the pace, in search of his first win since capturing the U.S. Open at Merion last summer.
  • Luke Donald trails by five shots through 54 holes, but it's a position from which the Englishman has had past success on the Copperhead Course. Donald trailed by three shots heading into the final round here in 2012, but fired a 5-under 66 to gain entry into a four-man playoff that he eventually won with a birdie on the first extra hole.
  • With the year's first major less than four weeks away, the players near the lead may show some nerves Sunday as each looks to punch a ticket to Augusta National. None of the top three players on the leaderboard - Garrigus, Na and John Senden - are in the field for the Masters, and only Rose currently has a tee time at Augusta among the seven players within four shots of the lead through 54 holes.