Corey Conners continues to lead at 6-under-136
Corey Conners must have had a sigh of relief after leading continuously in the second round of the Valspar Championship played at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club. Conners posted a quiet round of 69 to take a two-shot lead over Tiger Woods, Paul Casey, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Palmer, and Kelly Kraft, all tied up for the second spot at 4-under-138.
Are the 90’s back already? Saying as just last week we saw Phil Mickelson winning at the WGC-Mexico Championship in a playoff against Justin Thomas. I mean old guys are giving a run for the money to all the youngsters out there. The youngest player in the filed was Shubhankar Sharma who led the field continuously for two days, and as stats had it Mickelson was ranked the oldest at 47 years of age.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 9, 2018
Coming back to this week’s event Valspar Championship, which is seeing the debut of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. Woods started his round from the 10th tee and posted back to back birdies on 12th & 13th holes, followed by two more birdies on 2nd hole tying him for the lead and the fifth hole giving him the solo lead before Corey Conners even started his second round.
Woods fell back for a T-1st position with a bogey on his last hole, par-4 9th, posting his best round of 3-under-68 in just his 12th round of his latest comeback. He was joined by Brandt Snedeker, Paul Casey, and Ryan Palmer among the morning wave finisher.
“I’m up there,” Woods said. “At least I’m there with a chance going into the weekend. Today was a good day.”
Corey Conners was on putting green when Woods and his group walked along the edge of the green, in front of another group waiting to tee off on No.1.
“I definitely saw that,” Conners said. “I’ve seen that the last few days as well. Pretty cool. Hopefully, I can be in a position where I get some followers Sunday.”
Conners came this close to Tiger was at Masters three years ago when he watched him on the range. Conners played at Augusta as the U.S. Amateur runner-up.
Conners is scheduled to tee off with Paul Casey and Tiger Woods is set with Brandt Snedeker for Saturday’s round.
Woods fellow competitors Henrik Stenson and Jordan Spieth, both missed their respective cuts with 6-over and 5-over total scores. Tiger surely beat them with 9-strokes margin, who happened to be last two British Open Champions too.
Paul Casey & Brandt Snedeker posted a second round of 68, matching Woods score for a T-2nd finish, Ryan Palmer went for 5-under-66 with six birdies and a bogey in his round and was soon joined by Kelly Kraft with a 70 after 68 in his opening round.
Following them for a T-7th position on the board are Sean O’Hair, Jason Kokrak, Justin Rose, Webb Simpson, and Keegan Bradley at 3-under-139.