Adam Hadwin started Round 2 at Innisbrook six shots behind Jim Herman. He bogeyed the 5th but managed birdies on the 2nd and 8th holes. Then he went into the zone to start the back nine.
Five straight birdies.
Hadwin plowed through 11 positions on the Valspar Championship leaderboard to take over first place at 10-under, following a 7-under 64 performance. He also birdied the 17th to rack up eight for the day. Swirling wind didn’t seem to affect him much either.
“I just hit a lot of quality iron shots — I hit it really solid today, which is the key when that wind picks up,” Hadwin said. “If I can continue to do that this weekend, I think I’ll have a chance.”
Round 1 leader Jim Herman will begin the weekend very much alive, just one shot back of Hadwin at 9-under. His Round 2 left a lot to be desired though, with 11 consecutive pars to start. Herman also sandwiched back-to-back bogeys on the 13th and 14th between his only two birdies of the day.
Russell Henley and Henrik Stenson both shot a 71, but will begin Round 3 still in contention as well, trailing Hadwin by only three shots. Henley had a particularly rough day with three bogeys and even a double bogey on the seventh.
When play resumes Saturday, Henley and Stenson will be trying to jump over Tyrone Van Aswegen who stepped into third on the leaderboard after shooting an impressive 65 that featured eight birdies of his own. Van Aswegen stunningly shot up 21 spots along the way.
Check out highlights and a heart-warming moment for Henrik Stenson on Day 2 of the Valspar Championship!
One of the more adorable moments happened this morning at the @ValsparChamp.
A little bit of everything during Round 2. pic.twitter.com/sSJYQDiv0G
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