De Jonge leads in Florida
Brendon de Jonge grabbed the halfway lead at the Valspar Championship on a difficult day for scoring.
Gusting winds made life tough for the players, but De Jonge managed four birdies and two bogeys in a second-round 69 that left him on six under par.
That was one shot clear of a group of five players that features some formidable faces – Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson, Ryan Moore, Derek Ernst and Kevin Streelman.
De Jonge began on the 10th and dropped a shot on the par-five 14th before a birdie on 18 saw him turn level.
Another birdie followed on the first before a bogey on the sixth and two further birdies on the seventh and ninth.
“It’s tricky out there,” he told www.pgatour.com. “It’s one of those golf courses where it’s tough enough to get it on the fairway when it’s still and when the wind blows it’s added difficulty.
“It’s difficult to pick it out there. It gets in these tress and swirls around so you’ve got to try and stay patient as best you can.”
Spieth’s seven-birdie, three-bogey 67 was one of the lowest rounds of the day, while Stenson started an eagle and eventually signed for a 70.
Ian Poulter is in a group on four under, just two shots back, alongside Ricky Barnes, Lucas Glover and Sean O’Hair.
A 68 and a 70 is a solid return for the Englishman over the first two days.
“Solid play,” he told Sky Sports 4. “This golf course is a good golf course for me – it’s short, it’s tricky. It’s not about hitting driver off every tee – it’s about positional play.”
He added: “It’s about putting it in to play to set up your second shot. The greens are small but undulating.
“The wind has now picked up and that’s playing tricky and I’ve done a good job putting it in play and giving myself plenty of chances.”
Further down the leaderboard, Adam Scott had a missed cut to end a streak of 45 PGA Tour starts – and 57 worldwide – without one.
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