Valspar Championship: Robert Garrigus surges clear of field in Florida after 66
Last Updated: 15/03/14 9:04am
Robert Garrigus: Excellent 66 in tough conditions
Robert Garrigus catapulted himself into a three-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Valspar Championship in Florida.
The 36-year-old American, whose sole victory on the PGA Tour came in 2010, carded six birdies and a bogey in his five-under par 66 to storm to the top of the leaderboard on seven-under overall in tough conditions at the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor.
Second round leaderboard
(US unless stated)
-7 R Garrigus
-4 K Na
-3 P Perez
-3 J Rose (Eng)
-3 M Manassero (Ita)
-3 M Every
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He began his round with a birdie at the 560-yard par-five first hole and continued to prosper by picking up further shots at the fifth and ninth.
His sole blemish came when he three-putted on the 10th, but he immediately earned the stroke back before birdies at the 14th and 15th left him in an enviable position, with closest challenger Kevin Na three shots back.
Na, starting on the back nine, was a model of consistency in his 68 on day two, where he managed a bogey-free round and collected birdies at the 14th, first and ninth holes.
Rose in the hunt
His birdie on the final hole ensured he was out on his own in second place, with England's Justin Rose, Italian Matteo Manassero and American duo Matt Every and Pat Perez on three-under overall.
Rose, the 2013 US Open champion, started in confident fashion on the back nine with a birdie and then moved to four under for his round before two bogeys pegged him back.
The 33-year-old finished on a positive note with a birdie at the ninth, however, to keep himself in contention ahead of the weekend.
Veteran American Jim Furyk was among those one shot further back, but it was a day to forget for Danny Lee, who shared the lead overnight but missed the cut after a disastrous round.
The 23-year-old from New Zealand, who was looking to continue his momentum from last week's second-placed finish in the Puerto Rico Open, started with a birdie but it was all downhill from there with seven bogeys and a double bogey taking him to five over overall.
Jon Daly was at the bottom of the pile after a 19-over-par round on Friday, with the American shooting a 12 on the par-four 16th after finding the water on three separate occasions.