Stricker shares Valspar lead; Spieth makes cut

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Will MacKenzie and Steve Stricker share the lead after 36 holes in the Valspar Championship, but they had to share the spotlight with defending champion Jordan Spieth, who rallied in Round 2 to make the cut. Here's how things stand at the halfway point on Innisbrook Resort's Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor, Fla.

Leaderboard: Will MacKenzie (-5), Steve Stricker (-5), Daniel Berger (-4), Graham DeLaet (-4), Bill Haas (-4).

What it means: The leading score of 5 under par is the highest 36-hole leading score on Tour this year, as the Copperhead Course was its usual challenging self. The cut came at plus-3, so no one is more than eight shots back heading into the weekend. Among those facing the biggest deficit is Spieth, who followed his opening 76 with a 3-under 68 that included a chip-in birdie at No. 15.

Round of the day: Stricker, DeLaet and George McNeill shared low-round honors at 5 under. For Stricker, this is his first 36-hole lead or co-lead since the 2012 Tournament of Champions (which was the most recent of his 12 career wins). On Friday at Innisbrook, he played the front nine in 1 under, then eagled the par-4 10th holing his approach from 150 yards, before adding two more birdies coming in for his 66. 

Best of the rest: DeLaet began with an eagle on the par-5 first hole and birdied the second, but parred the rest of the front nine. There was no such consistency on the back, as he made two bogeys, four birdies and only three pars. McNeill made six birdies - three on each side - against a lone bogey.

Biggest disappointment: Remember Keegan Bradley, the guy who shot 67 in the first round? You won't have to remember him on the weekend, as he followed with a 79 on Friday, a round that included three double bogeys.

Main storyline heading into the weekend: There's a lot of sorting out still to come, what with only eight shots separating the entire field. The biggest question is whether defending champion Spieth, whose struggles go beyond this event, can make a move on the weekend.

Quote of the day: "I feel like, based on where my game’s at and how it improved throughout the round, that we’re actually still in this tournament, and I thought that was huge.” - Jordan Spieth