‘Good breaks’ put Stricker in front

Steve Stricker revealed that luck was on his side as he posted a sizzling five under 66 to earn a share of the lead after the second round at the Valspar Championship.

The veteran's round saw him finish at five under par for the event on Friday, tied at the top of the leaderboard with fellow American Will McKenzie.

Stricker's highlights included holing out from 150 yards for an eagle on the par four tenth, as well as draining a 62 foot birdie putt.

"There are times I escaped with a few good breaks," the 49-year-old admitted on pgatour.com.

"So, some things evidently definitely went my way. I'm starting to play a little bit better. Definitely putting better and slowly things are coming together.

"For me it's all is starting the clubhead in this triangle back together and I wasn't doing that.

"My clubhead was kind of beating my turn back there and it was almost kind of running off, too. My triangle would stop and my head would keep moving. I was trying to play catch up all the time."

Stricker is looking for his first win since the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in 2012.