Fresh Coat - Friday, March 10
Canadian Adam Hadwin, one of eight individuals to shoot 58 or better on the PGA TOUR, went low again on Friday with a 7-under-par 64 to take the second round lead in the Valspar Championship presented by BB&T. Hadwin’s best career finish was a 2nd earlier this year in the CareerBuilder Challenge when he shot his 59 in the third round.
Hadwin enters the weekend at 10-under, one shot ahead of first round leader Jim Herman who followed his opening 62 with an even par 71. Also making a move on Friday was Tyrone Van Aswegen of South Africa with a 65 that brought him to 3rd place at 8 under par.
Henrik Stenson, the highest-ranked player in the field in the Official World Ranking, is among three players at 7 under par, three back, after his 71. Other prominent players who made the cut, at even par 142 which matched the second-lowest in tournament history, include Matt Kuchar (-4), Ian Poulter (-3), defending champion Charl Schwartzel (-2), Gary Woodland (-2). Among the 18 players at the cut line who survived to the weekend are Bill Haas, Graeme McDowell, Patrick Reed and Jim Furyk.
PARK AT PALM HARBOR UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL!
Parking for Saturday for the Valspar Championship’s primary parking lots – Red, Green and Silver – has sold out in advance. The tournament will open additional parking, with shuttle buses, at Palm Harbor University High School at 1900 Omaha Street, accessed from Alderman Road between Belcher Road and Alternate US 19 North, west of US 19. Parking is $10, cash only.
COPPERHEAD BITES – Veteran pro Charles Howell III tied the tournament record by making the cut for the 11th time. He shares the record with Jonathan Byrd who was not in the field this year…Hadwin’s 64 is the lowest second round score in the Valspar Championship since 2011…Hadwin’s total of 132 is one shot off the tournament record for the first two rounds set by K.J. Choi in 2002…Lee McCoy, who finished fourth last year as an amateur, will make a check this year. He made the cut and enters Saturday’s round in a tie for 32nd at -2…This year’s amateur competitor, Jimmy Stanger of the University of Virginia, did not make the cut.
SATURDAY NOTES – Saturday is Chick-fil-A Moooving Day. Fans are receiving Chick-fil-A coupons as they enter the grounds and if you are at the Driving Range when a pro hits the hole in the downrange target, you will win more coupons…Celebrity chef Ming Tsai will be giving a free cooking demonstration on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Grape & Grain, between the 9th and 10th holes…Country music superstar singer-songwriter Toby Keith will perform on the Osprey Driving Range following the completion of play. Gates open around 5 p.m. across the road from the 14th green.