Garrigus grabs top spot

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Robert Garrigus built a three shot lead on day two of the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship at Innisbrook..

Garrigus put together a five under 66 for the lowest round of the tournament, which gave him a deserved lead.

His 66 consisted of six birdies and a lone bogey on the par four tenth. As one of the longest hitters in the game, his strength lies on the par fives and he has birdied all eight of them at the tournament so far.

Leading up to the event, the American spent many of his practice days fishing in the lakes of Innisbrook and he believes that has made a difference in his game.

“It’s the fishing,” said the 36-year-old, who sank a 20 foot birdie putt on the par four ninth.

“I think that puts me in a good frame of mind because I’m clear and not thinking about anything, just going out and having some fun.”

Three shots behind is American Kevin Na who, after a solid one under 70 in chilly conditions on day one, carded a three under 68 to be alone in second on the scoreboard.

The highest ranked golfer at Innisbrook, Justin Rose, revealed his intentions with a three under 68 to leave him four shots back and three under for the tournament.

“I got some momentum going today,” said the Englishman.

“I worked my way into the tournament early. To finish strong with my round yesterday I think helped give me some momentum into day. … It’s exactly how I needed to flow into the tournament.”

Rose is joined on three under American’s Pat Perez and Matt Every, as well as Italian Matteo Manassero.

Meanwhile, Danny Lee of New Zealand, who was in a four-way tie for the lead yesterday, capitulated with an eight over 79 to miss the second round cut.

Despite his six birdies, leader Garrigus believes his best golf of the day was his par on the 16th.

“I probably hit one of the top-five shots of my life there on 16 out of the trees,” the big hitter continued.

“Hit a low, cut 5-iron, then rose it up over the pine tree and cut it 40 yards and hit to 10 feet. That’s just one of those shots that when you’re playing good and everything is rolling, you kind of expect it.

“It was a lot of fun to try it, and to pull it off was even better. I’ve spent half my life in the trees. I’ve had a lot of practice,” concluded Garrigus, who is chasing his second PGA tour win.

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