Weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 76. Wind WNW 10-15 mph.
70 professionals at even-par 142 from a field of 143 professionals and one amateur.
Adam Hadwin 68-64—132 (-10)
Jim Herman 62-71—133 (-9)
Tyrone Van Aswegen 69-65—134 (-8)
Adam Hadwin, a 29-year-old from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, carded a 7-under 64 Friday to move from T12 to the top spot at the Valspar Championship, one stroke ahead of first-round leader Jim Herman.
Hadwin’s round was highlighted by seven birdies in his final 11 holes, including five consecutive on Nos. 10-14. His back-nine 6-under 29 fell just one shy of the best nine-hole score on TOUR this season, a 7-under 28 by Chez Reavie during the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii.
Hadwin’s 36-hole total of 132 falls just one shy of K.J. Choi’s 36-hole record (131 in 2002) at the Valspar Championship.
Hadwin is a two-time winner on both the Web.com Tour (2014 Chile Classic, 2014 Chiquita Classic) and the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada (2010 Desert Dunes Classic, 2011 Pacific Colombia Tour Championship). He went on to secure the top spot on the Web.com Tour’s money list in 2014.
Hadwin is making his third start at the Valspar Championship (71-2015, MC-2016).
Making his 78th PGA TOUR start, Hadwin is looking for his first victory. A runner-up finish at this year’s CareerBuilder Challenge marks his best finish on TOUR. After missing the cut at the season-opening Safeway Open, Hadwin has reeled off 10 consecutive made cuts. He has four finishes of T12 or better.
Hadwin has advanced to the FedExCup Playoffs each of his first two seasons on TOUR, finishing 107th in 2015 and 85th in 2016. He is currently ranked 15th in the FedExCup.
At the 2017 Career Builder Challenge, Hadwin (13-under 59) became the eighth player on the PGA TOUR to break 60 and the fourth to do so on a par-72 course (Al Geiberger/1977 FedEx St. Jude Classic, Chip Beck/1991 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, David Duval/1999 CareerBuilder Challenge).
Sub-60 rounds on the PGA TOUR:
Name Event/Round/Score Par Finish
Al Geiberger 1977 FedEx St. Jude Classic/R2/59 72 Won
Chip Beck 1991 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open/R3/59 72 T3
David Duval 1999 CareerBuilder Challenge/R4/59 72 Won
Paul Goydos 2010 John Deere Classic/R1/59 71 2
Stuart Appleby 2010 Greenbrier Classic/R4/59 70 Won
Jim Furyk 2013 BMW Championship/R2/59 71 3
Jim Furyk 2016 Travelers Championship/R4/58 70 T5
Justin Thomas 2017 Sony Open in Hawaii/R1/59 70 Won
Adam Hadwin 2017 CareerBuilder Challenge/59 72 2
Seven international-born players have won the Valspar Championship: Charl Schwartzel (2016), John Senden (2014), Luke Donald (2012), Carl Pettersson (2005), Vijay Singh (2004), Retief Goosen (2003, 2009), K.J. Choi (2002, 2006).
This week marks Hadwin’s first second-round lead/co-lead. His previous-best position through 36 holes was T2 at the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open (went on to finish T49).
Second-Round Lead Notes
The second-round leader has gone on to win nine of 16 times this season, most recently Dustin Johnson (Genesis Open).
The only second-round leaders of the Valspar Championship to hang on for the win have been K.J. Choi (2002 and 2006) and Retief Goosen (2003.
Panama City, Fla. resident and first-round leader Jim Herman followed up an opening-round 9-under 62 with an even-par 71 to sit solo second through 36 holes. He trails tournament-leader Adam Hadwin by one stroke.
During the second round, Herman was unable to birdie any of the nine holes he birdied in round one. Aside from 14 pars, he birdied Nos. 12 and 15 and bogeyed Nos. 13 and 14 Friday.
Herman’s 62 Thursday tied his career-low round on the PGA TOUR and was just one stroke shy of the course record, set by Padraig Harrington in round one of 2012.
Herman is making his third start in the Valspar Championship, where he missed the cut in both previous starts in 2013 and 2016. Before this week, his best score at Innisbrook (four rounds) was a 1-over 72.
Herman, who claimed his first career PGA TOUR win at last year’s Shell Houston Open, is in search of his second victory in his 132nd TOUR start this week.
Herman is making his 11th start of the 2016-17 PGA TOUR Season this week, where he has missed the cut in three of his last four starts. One year after a career-best 42nd place finish in the FedExCup, Herman currently sits 65th in the rankings.
Tyrone Van Aswegen
Tyrone Van Aswegen tallied eight birdies and two bogeys en route to a 6-under 65, good for solo-third place and two strokes shy of Adam Hadwin’s lead.
In his only other start at the Valspar Championship, Van Aswegen carded matching rounds of 73 to miss the cut in 2016.
Van Aswegen is making his 89th PGA TOUR start this week, with a T3 at the 2015 Safeway Open his career-best effort.
A T7 at the CIMB Classic marks Van Aswegen’s sole top-10 finish in 12 previous starts during the 2016-17 PGA TOUR Season. Most recently, he finished T27 at The Honda Classic.
In three previous full seasons on the PGA TOUR, a 98th place finish in 2016 marks the only season Van Aswegen has advanced to the FedExCup Playoffs. He is currently 93rd in the FedExCup.
At 7-under 135 with rounds of 64-71, Sweden’s Henrik Stenson headlines a trio currently tied for fourth (Dominic Bozzelli, Russell Henley).
With rounds of 64-71, Stenson owns nine scores of par or better at Innisbrook (10 rounds). His only over-par score was a 1-over 72 in last year’s final round.
Stenson’s bogey-free 7-under 64 on day one marked his lowest score on the PGA TOUR in the state of Florida.
In his inaugural Valspar Championship start in 2015, Stenson finished fourth, following rounds of 67-70-71-67—275 (-9). Last year, he finished T11.
Stenson is making just his third start of the 2016-17 PGA TOUR Season. He finished T2 at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, but was forced to withdraw from last week’s WGC-Mexico Championship with a stomach-related illness.
On the European Tour this season, Stenson has finished T8 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and solo-second at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
Stenson, a five-time winner on the PGA TOUR and winner of the 2013 FedExCup, is in search of his first since last year’s Open Championship.
Additional Player Notes
Defending Valspar Championship winner Charl Schwartzel opened with matching rounds of 1-under 70 and is currently T32 as he seeks to become the first player to win back-to-back at the Valspar Championship. Just two players have multiple wins at the Valspar Championship: K.J. Choi (2002, 2006) and Retief Goosen (2003, 2009).
PGA TOUR rookie Dominic Bozzelli sits T4 after rounds of 67-68. Earlier this season the 25-year-old from Rochester, New York snapped a streak of three consecutive missed cuts with a career-best, fifth-place finish at the CareerBuilder Challenge. He is hoping for another good finish this week after having missed his last three cuts.
Bryson DeChambeau, who won the 2014 American Athletic Association Conference Championship here at Innisbrook, moved to T8 following a second-round 1-under 70.
At T14, Charles Howell III ties Jonathan Byrd for the most cuts made in Valspar Championship history (11).
Tampa’s Jimmy Stanger, the only amateur in the field, missed the cut with rounds of 76-73.
Whee Kim withdrew after nine holes Friday with lower back pain.
This week’s Valspar Championship marks the last chance for players to get inside the top 64 in the Official World Golf Rankings and qualify for the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play. The event will be contested the week of March 20-26 at Austin Country Club in Austin, Texas.
Eleven past champions of the Valspar Championship in this week’s field; Kevin Streelman/2013 (T20), Charl Schwartzel/2016 (T32), Gary Woodland/2011 (T42), Sean O’Hair/2008 (T52), Jim Furyk/2010 (T52), Luke Donald/2012 (2-over 144/MC), John Senden/2014 (4-over 146/MC), Vijay Singh/2004 (4-over 146/MC), K.J. Choi/2006, 2002 (5-over 147/MC), Carl Pettersson/2005 (6-over 148/MC), Retief Goosen/2009, 2003 (7-over 149/MC).
The last seven winners of the Valspar Championship all finished the season of their win inside the top 25 in FedExCup standings, highlighted by Jim Furyk (2010) and Jordan Spieth (2015), who went on to win FedExCup title those years.
PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge Sponsored by Myrbetriq® (mirabegron) continues at this week’s Valspar Championship. The PGA TOUR encourages golf fans to give back to local charities by voting for their favorite volunteer at www.Tourchallenge.com until 2:00 p.m. ET Saturday.
The volunteer with the most votes earns the opportunity to present a $10,000 check on behalf of Astellas Pharma US, Inc., to his or her charity of choice from a list selected by the Valspar Championship. The tournament also has the opportunity to earn up to an additional $65,000 in charitable bonus funds based on the total number of votes received collectively by volunteers and the tournament.
R1: Jim Herman (62), Henrik Stenson (64), James Hahn (65), Keegan Bradley (67), Dominic Bozzelli (67), Soren Kjeldsen (68), Alex Cejka (68), John Huh (69), Tyrone Van Aswegen (69).
R2: Blayne Barber (67), Harold Varner III (68), Lee McCoy (68), Matt Kuchar (69), Danny Lee (69), Rod Pampling (69)
Cumulative Snake Pit Statistics:
Hole Rank Scoring Average
16 T6 4.119
17 9 3.105
18 3 4.175
Scoring Averages at the par-71 Copperhead Course:
Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative
R1 36.361 35.083 71.444 —
R2 36.444 35.169 71.613 71.529
The par-3 13th hole played the hardest in round two with an average of 3.303. The easiest hole was the par-5 first hole (4.634).