May 13, 2021

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Valspar Championship: Keegan Bradley wins halfway point with superb eagle hole | Golf news


Keegan Bradley holed 115 yards for an eagle-two on his last hole to regain a share of the lead with Sam Burns at the Valspar Championship. Watch the weekend action live on Sky Sports Golf.

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Keegan Bradley drills a 115-yard wedge for a spectacular eagle-two as the final hole to earn a share of the lead with Sam Burns at the Valspar Championship.

Keegan Bradley drills a 115-yard wedge for a spectacular eagle-two as the final hole to earn a share of the lead with Sam Burns at the Valspar Championship.

Keegan Bradley regained a share of the lead in spectacular style as he finished his second round of the Valspar Championship with an eagle-two in Florida.

Bradley, two clear shots overnight after his first 64, found himself trailing two when Burns birdied five six-hole birdies across the Copperhead course at the Innisbrook Resort to pull himself up to 12 under the normal.

But former PGA Champion Bradley produced the perfect response, cutting a 115-yard wedge in the ninth that threw a yard past the pin and returned into the cup – a shot that “turned a good one. day into a beautiful day, “according to the American.

Bradley had earlier started his second round with back-to-back birdies of six feet at 10 and 11 before dropping his first shot of the tournament in the 12th, where he fired his approach left of the target and failed to ascend and descend.

He stabilized with a resolute run of pars and pierced a pair of 15-foot birdie putts on the top nine to get his title challenge back on track, and his superb finish topped a 66 and got him. raised to the level of Burns at the top of the ranking.

“It was a fun day and what a way to end it. It was a blast,” said Bradley, winless since edging Justin Rose in the BMW Championship playoffs in September 2018.

Sam Burns shot a 63 to reach the top

Sam Burns shot a 63 to reach the top

“I hit the blow and you can’t see it from where we are, so you kind of have to wait for a reaction, and then when people put their arms up, normally that means it comes in.” But, wow, what an exciting way to end.

“Today’s round was certainly a lot harder. I didn’t play that clean. But my birdie six and my eagle nine really made it all kind of a good day into something really good. . So what a bonus this lasted. Get something. “

Burns sailed to turn three for his second day before starting his rapid climb up the standings with a 20-foot birdie in 10th, and after adding another long 11th, he picked up a bonus shot at 12 when his Splatter from a bunker on the green side fell into the cup for three.

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He also birdied at 14 and 15 before coming home to finish a 63, improving Bradley’s first round by one, and he didn’t realize he had kept a bogey off his card. until a reporter pointed it out to him afterwards.

“I think on three and four I was six, maybe seven feet for par,” he said, “I did a good birdie on the first one and then I think those putts on three and four were huge just to keep the momentum going, and then we birdieed the top three on the back and then off we went.

“There will be times in the rounds where it gets tough and I think in those times just stay mentally and be ready for when it turns out. So I know this weekend there will be challenges, and I am excited for this opportunity. “

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World No.1 Dustin Johnson believes he’s ‘very close’ to peaking form as he reflects on an encouraging 68 second round at the Valspar Championship.

World No.1 Dustin Johnson believes he’s ‘very close’ to peaking form as he reflects on an encouraging 68 second round at the Valspar Championship.

The top two have a four-stroke advantage over the pursuit squad led by former US Open champion Lucas Glover (65), Charley Hoffman (66) and Max Homa (68), while England’s Tom Lewis entered the competition with a 65 without a bogey. that brought it to seven cents.

“I will be happy to continue to play well this weekend,” said Lewis. “I don’t know what the weather will be like this weekend, but if it’s like that, and if I can shoot the 60s both times, I’d be happy, and anywhere, then that would be great. “

Lewis’ score was tied by 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, whose Valspar Championship victory five years ago remains his last on the PGA Tour.

Tom Lewis is in contention after a 65

Tom Lewis is in contention after a 65

Paul Casey’s treble bid at Palm Harbor took a hit by shooting a scrappy 71 to stay three under, nine in the lead with world No.1 Dustin Johnson, who showed glimpses of his best in an encouraging 68 .

World No.2 Justin Thomas couldn’t knock the greens down and only birdied one all day in a 16 par 71, while fan favorite Phil Mickelson bugged two of the last three holes to miss the halfway point in one fell swoop. with Ryder Cup teammate Patrick Reed.

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