Adam Schenk leads the Valspar Championship, Victor Perez hangs on
He has never won on the PGA Tour but confirms his good form at the start of the year. Already in verve at the Farmers Insurance Open (20th), at the end of January, and at the Phoenix Open (23rd), in mid-February, Adam Schenk took the lead after the second round of the Valspar Championship (-7) in Palm Harbor, near from Tampa.
After his initial 66, the American signed a more uneven 69 on the way out than on the return (4 birdies, 2 bogeys) while it was complicated to sign big cards in the wind: “I played -2 today and maybe I could have played -6 or -7. But given the number of putts I took, it couldn’t have been better. Last week, I missed the cut at Players. I came home and I didn’t touch a club for three days, obviously that helped me a lot even if I didn’t have much choice given the rain it fell. »
Adam Schenk is ahead of Kramer Hickok (-6), also unexpected at this level, and four players in ambush (-5). Among them, Jordan Spieth: “Without playing very well, I’m quite happy to sign a 70 in these windy conditions which leave me in a good position for the weekend. On some shots, I really felt like I had no control over the distance. »
For his part, Victor Perez, invited to the tournament, easily crossed the cut and played in par (-1 in total). In search of precious points to validate his place in the Masters, the Tarbais ideally started with a birdie. The recent winner of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, his first Rolex Series, remained solid (3 birdies, 2 bogeys) until the 17th when a final bogey took him out of the Top 20.
A cursed hole (par 3) on this tournament since the Frenchman had made a triple bogey there during the first round. Martin Trainer has battled all day. But his 76 of the day (+9 in total) logically deprived him of a cut.