Should either Keegan Bradley or Sam Burns—the duo tied for the lead at 14 under par entering the final round of the Valspar Championship on Sunday—take the title at Innisbrook Resort outside Tampa, each would be overcoming a bit of ignominious personal history.
Veterans first … Bradley was the leader after Day 1 with an opening-round 64. It marked the eighth time he has had a share of the lead or was the outright leader in a PGA Tour event after 18 holes during his career. However, the 34-year-old has never won an event in which he held the first-round lead, his four career PGA Tour titles all of the come-from-behind variety.
Additionally, Bradley had been T-6 or better after the first round of the Valspar for four straight years before Thursday, yet he had never finished better than T-31 for the tournament. Suffice it to say, he’ll buck that trend this week, perhaps signaling he’s ready to fix the 0-for-7 record after holding first-round leads, too.
Meanwhile, when Burns held a share of the 36-hole lead with Bradley, it marked the fourth time during the 2020-21 season that he’s been ahead or shared a halfway lead, the most of any player on tour. Yet the 24-year-old is still looking for his PGA Tour win.
Burns’ also is 0-for-2 for his career when leading after 54 holes. The last time he took a lead into the final round was at the Genesis Invitational in February. He closed with a two-under 69 but fell one shot shy of a playoff won by Max Homa at Riviera. Homa, coincidentally, is one shot back of Burns and Bradley at Innisbrook.
The overall prize money payout at the Valspar Championship is $6.9 million with the winner earning $1.242 million. Here are the prize money payouts for every golfer who made the cut this week at Innisbrook Resort. Come back shortly after the end of the tournament and we’ll update this list with individual names and money earned.