PALM HARBOR – (Wire Service Report by The Sports Xchange) – Adam Hadwin surged into the lead in the second round of the Valspar Championship after firing a 7-under-par 64 on Friday in Palm Harbor, Fla. The Canadian began the back nine with five consecutive birdies and opened a one-shot lead over first-round leader Jim Herman at Innisbrook Resort Copperhead course on a warm and breezy day.
Hadwin completed 36 holes at 10-under 132. Herman was at 9 under after posting a par 71 in the second round that was nine shots higher than his opening 62.
Alone in third at 8 under was Tyron Van Aswegen of South Africa after a 65. Tied for fourth at 7 under were PGA Tour rookie Dominic Bozzelli, Russell Henley and British Open champion Henrik Stenson.
Henley and Stenson shot matching 71s after opening with 64s in the first round. Bozzelli carded a 68.
Hadwin didn’t come close to the 59 he shot earlier this year, but his round featured eight birdies — seven in the last 11 holes — and a lone bogey at the par-5 fifth hole.
Hadwin’s 6-under 29 on the back nine was one off the low nine-hole score on the PGA Tour this year by Chez Reavie during the final round of the Sony Open.
“It’s nice to see the ball-striking kind of come around and the putter stay where it has all year,” Hadwin said.
A two-time winner on the Web.com Tour, Hadwin is searching for his first victory on the PGA Tour. He finished second this year in the CareerBuilder Challenge, where he shot the 59.
“I’ve put myself in position the last couple years,” he said. “I feel like the finishes have gotten stronger and I keep kind of putting myself going into the weekends.
“Just getting more comfortable out there. Really learning my game a little bit more. Learning how I feel under pressure a little bit more, and figuring out how to deal with that. I’m excited for this weekend, what it will bring, and hope to keep some of these scores coming.”
Herman wasn’t able to recapture the momentum he’d built during the first round. After opening with his career-best round on the PGA Tour, he managed two birdies and two bogeys.
“Any time you make par, it’s not like you’re backing up,” Herman said.
Aswegen also had eight birdies, including three in a row on Nos. 13 through 15, but also bogeyed Nos. 5 and 8.
Defending Valspar winner Charl Schwartzel shot 71 for the second straight day and was tied for 32nd at par