Garrigus controls Valspar heading into 3rd round

Weekend Update — PGA Tour — Valspar Championship — Innisbrook Resort Cooperhead Course — Palm Beach Gardens, Florida —

Robert Garrigus sits atop the 36-hole lead at the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship with a three-shot advantage.

Garrigus, 36, carded rounds of 69-66 to reach 7-under heading into the weekend at Innisbrook Resort’s Cooperhead Course. The 17-year pro tees off Saturday at 2:30 p.m. local time alongside Kevin Na (4-under), who leads the week in Fairways In Regulation.

Saturday is always Moving Day on the PGA Tour and early on scores are low including that of Retief Goosen, who fired a 7-under-64. He jumped 62 places before a number of players have even teed off. Matt Kuchar is also a couple of shots under par playing the front nine.

A large group at T-3 and 3-under features U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, Pat Pereze, Matteo Manassero and Matt Every. Jim Furyk is 2-under and T-8.

Harris English, Graham DeLaet and Jordan Spieth are all six back at 1-under but have a shot to make a run Saturday in round three.

Garrigus finished 77th in the PGA Tour Money List a year ago — 7th in Driving Distance. A former title champion, he was a 100-to-1 betting pick at heading into the tournament.

Other Golf news:

  • Bernhard Langer leads the Champions Tour’s Toshiba Classic at 8-under overall. He has a two-shot cushion heading into the weekend on the California coast.
  • Alejandro Canizares (17-under with holes to play in round three) has built a 7-shot lead at the European Tour’s Trophee Hassan II in Morocco. His opening round 62 paced the World No. 141 in position for a victory.
  • Canizares was a 66-1 pick at Ladbrokes this week.
  • Webb Simpson, one of the betting favorites this week on the PGA Tour, missed the cut after shooting 72-75. Others missing the weekend included Ernie Els and Louis Oosthuizen.