Low scores didn’t come easy on a windy Friday at Innisbrook, but with 36 holes in the books, Jordan Spieth and Henrik Stenson sit just one shot behind a veteran Zimbabwean who is chasing his first PGA Tour victory at the Valspar:
Leaderboard: Brendon de Jonge (-6), Jordan Spieth (-5), Henrik Stenson (-5), Ryan Moore (-5), Derek Ernst (-5), Kevin Streelman (-5), Ricky Barnes (-4), Ian Poulter (-4), Sean O’Hair (-4), Lucas Glover (-4)
What it means: In case the pressure of trying to win his first PGA Tour event wasn't enough for de Jonge, thanks to a late Friday push from Spieth and Stenson, he will have to try to hang on to his lead with two guys in the OWGR top 10 breathing down his neck. Also in the mix is Poulter, who is certainly eager for a shot at redemption after collapsing at the Honda two weeks ago, and Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open champ. De Jonge also doesn't exactly have history on his side as no 36-hole leader has gone on to win at Innisbrook since 2006.
Round of the day: Spieth put an exclamation point on his 4-under 67 with a 17-foot birdie putt from off the green at 18 and closed the gap between himself and the lead to one in the process. The 21-year-old phenom equaled the low round of the day with seven birdies to three bogeys as heavy wind gusts took really low scores completely out of play.
Best of the rest: De Jonge, who played in the early wave, birdied two of his final three holes to finish his second-round 69, then sat around as no one could successfully wrestle the lead away from him. Ernst had the best chance, but the 24-year old Californian bogeyed three of his final five holes to fall into the group one behind at 5 under.
Biggest disappointment: After racing out ahead of the pack with a first-round 65, Brian Davis came back to down to earth on Friday, bogeying five straight holes at one point en route to a 5-over 76. He enters Day 3 six shots off the lead.
World No. 4 Adam Scott also had a Friday to forget, carding a 4-over 75 to miss the cut by three shots, ending the PGA Tour’s longest consecutive made-cuts streak at 45. It was Scott’s first missed cut since the 2012 HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Shot of the day: While it didn’t move him inside the cut line, Jonathan Byrd will always have the memory of his hole-in-one on the 211-yard 15th hole at Innisbrook. Byrd’s ace comes on the heels of last week’s two holes-in-one in a half hour at Doral, and was the first at the Copperhead Course since 2004.
Biggest storyline going into Moving Day: He’s been close, most notably at last year’s Masters, but Jordan Spieth hasn’t won an official PGA Tour event since the 2013 John Deere Classic. Sure, the budding American star added Austalian Open and World Challenge titles to his resume late in 2014, but it will be interesting to see how he handles the pressure of being part of a weekend mix with Augusta right around the corner, especially with the likes of Stenson, Poulter, Patrick Reed and Matt Kuchar in the mix.