de Jonge secures 36-hole lead at Valspar Championship

Second Round — PGA Tour — Valspar Championship — Copperhead Course at Innisbrook — Palm Harbor, Florida — Valspar leader board crowded through two rounds

Brendon de Jonge leads the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship through 36 holes at the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook.

De Jonge, who is looking for his maiden PGA Tour triumph, is always among the Total Birdies leaders year in and year out. The 34-year-old from Zimbabwe has six birdies and an eagle at the half-way point this week. Friday in round two he scattered two bogeys to post 2-under-69. He is 6-under overall and a shot clear of five players. 

Among the group at 5-under is World No. 3 Henrik Stenson, making his first appearance in this tournament, Jordan Spieth, Ryan Moore and past champion Kevin Streelman.

England’s Ian Poulter, who nearly won on tour two weeks ago, is T-7 at 4-under and just two back. Nearly four dozen players are withing five shots of the bunched leader board.

Difficult conditions with high winds and a challenging layout have several high-profile players destined to the miss the cut including Top 10 players Adam Scott (71-75) and Justin Rose (74-72). World Golf Hall of Fame member Ernie Els was in great position to earn a weekend tee time after an opening round 69. He shot 77 Friday to tumble out of the mix.

Other Golf News:

  • Tiger Woods announced he will not be competing at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. He will skip the event and appears to be targeting the Masters in April for his return to the game. World No. 1 Rory McIlroy has committed to play Bay Hill.
  • After back-to-back 69s, Inbee Park leads the Ladies European Tour’s Ladies World Championship at Mission Hills’ Blackstone Course Park headlines the field on the LET in China after two rounds. At 8-under, she is a shot clear of two others. The Rolex Ranking World No. 2 is a heavy betting favorite this week.
  • Adrian Otaegui, ranked 403rd in the world, leads the European Tour’s Tshwane Open after shooting 62 in round two action. Otaegui is 11-under through 36 holes and leads by two shots. George Coetzee, Edoardo Molinari and Brett Rumford are all in the Top 10.