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BC-GLF--Valspar Championship

March 23, 2019
AP Golf Writer

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Paul Casey was on the verge of building a comfortable lead Saturday until a bogey on the final hole for a 3-under 68 that cut his lead to one shot over Dustin Johnson in the Valspar Championship.

Johnson, the world’s No. 1 player, had some say in the margin going into the final round at Innisbrook.

From a narrow bunker right of the 18th fairway to an elevated green with a front pin, Johnson blasted 9-iron to 10-foot birdie and a 67.

Casey was at 8-under 205.

Jason Kokrak had a hole-in-one on the 15th hole and shot 30 on the back nine for a 66 that left him three shots behind.

Casey is trying to becoming the first back-to-back winner in the 19-year history at the Valspar Championship.