Valspar Championship - R2

Casey & Cook tied for lead in Florida

March 21-24
Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead), Palm Harbor, Florida
$6,700,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Defending champion Paul Casey fired a five-under par 66 to grab a share of the 36-hole lead alongside American Austin Cook at the US PGA Tour Valspar Championship on Friday.

England’s Casey and Cook each stood on six-under 136 after two rounds at the Innisbrook Resort Copperhead course in Palm Harbor, Florida.


England’s Luke Donald, South Korean Im Sung-jae and American Scott Stallings were a stroke back on 137.

Donald had five birdies and four bogeys in his one-under 70, surrendering a one-shot lead with two bogeys in his last four holes. Im posted a 67 and Stallings a 68.

Casey, who edged Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed by a stroke last year for the crown, began on the back nine and promptly birdied three of his first four holes, sinking a 10-foot putt at 10 and landing his third shot inches from the cup before a tap-in at the par-5 11th.

Casey scored on the other par-5 holes as well, sinking a three-foot birdie putt at 14, a six-footer at the first before holing a 27-footer for eagle at the fifth.

“I feel really good about (my game) because last week was rubbish,” said Casey, who was stung by a missed cut at the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

“I struggle a little bit around Sawgrass and that frustrated me, annoyed me, coming in here trying to defend my title, which I would love to do because I never defended a professional title, I’ve defended amateur titles, English Amateurs and PAC 12 titles, I would love to do that here.

“So I worked very, very hard on the game and for whatever reason it’s slowed things down. Quieted the transition at the top of the swing,” Casey said. “Nice to turn it around after last week to suddenly be not in control of this event but I’m near the top, which is good.”

Casey’s lone bogey came on his closing ninth hole, finding bunkers with his first two shots and missing a six-footer for par.

“Disappointing on nine,” Casey said. “But everybody’s going to make bogeys. If you can just minimize those, it puts you in a good position.”


Cook had five birdies and one bogey in his four-under 67.

He opened with a birdie from seven feet, added a tap-in birdie at the par-4 third and then ran off three birdies in a row with 12-foot putts at the ninth and par-5 11th around one half as long to begin the back nine.

His only bogey came at 12 after finding a greenside bunker.

World number one Dustin Johnson was among three players on 138 after a 69 that included a double-bogey at the par-three 13th — where his tee short tee shot found the water.

Johnson, who played alongside Casey, was two-over through nine holes but made five of his six birdies coming in to post a 69 that left him tied with Joel Dahmen (72) and Curtis Luck (68).


Pos.
Player
Nat
Score
R1
R2
Total
T1
Paul Casey
ENG
-6
70
66
136
T1
Austin Cook
USA
-6
69
67
136
T3
Scott Stallings
USA
-5
69
68
137
T3
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-5
70
67
137
T3
Luke Donald
ENG
-5
67
70
137
T6
Dustin Johnson
USA
-4
69
69
138
T6
Joel Dahmen
USA
-4
66
72
138
T6
Curtis Luck
AUS
-4
70
68
138
T9
Roberto Castro
USA
-3
68
71
139
T9
Lucas Glover
USA
-3
72
67
139
T9
Shawn Stefani
USA
-3
68
71
139
T9
Kramer Hickok
USA
-3
71
68
139
T9
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
-3
70
69
139
T9
Jon Rahm
ESP
-3
71
68
139
T15
Brandt Snedeker
USA
-2
70
70
140
T15
Bubba Watson
USA
-2
69
71
140
T15
Jim Furyk
USA
-2
69
71
140
T15
Danny Willett
ENG
-2
69
71
140
T15
Ryan Blaum
USA
-2
73
67
140
T15
Sam Saunders
USA
-2
71
69
140
T15
Brian Stuard
USA
-2
68
72
140
T15
Jason Kokrak
USA
-2
69
71
140
T23
Alex Cejka
GER
-1
71
70
141
T23
Patton Kizzire
USA
-1
70
71
141
T23
Wyndham Clark
USA
-1
71
70
141
T23
Roberto Diaz
MEX
-1
69
72
141
T23
Russell Henley
USA
-1
69
72
141
T23
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
-1
70
71
141
T23
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
-1
71
70
141
T23
Anirban Lahiri
IND
-1
70
71
141
T23
Kelly Kraft
USA
-1
69
72
141
T23
Nick Taylor
CAN
-1
71
70
141
T23
Matt Jones
AUS
-1
73
68
141
T34
Brian Gay
USA
Par
73
69
142
T34
Bill Haas
USA
Par
72
70
142
T34
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
Par
70
72
142
T34
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
Par
70
72
142
T34
Brandon Harkins
USA
Par
73
69
142
T34
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
Par
71
71
142
T34
Ryan Armour
USA
Par
70
72
142
T34
Kevin Kisner
USA
Par
67
75
142
T34
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
Par
69
73
142
T34
Denny McCarthy
USA
Par
68
74
142
T34
Roger Sloan
CAN
Par
70
72
142
T34
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
Par
71
71
142
T34
Hank Lebioda
USA
Par
69
73
142
T34
Sepp Straka
AUT
Par
66
76
142
T34
Julian Etulain
ARG
Par
69
73
142
T49
Harris English
USA
1
75
68
143
T49
Billy Hurley III
USA
1
74
69
143
T49
Trey Mullinax
USA
1
71
72
143
T49
Andrew Landry
USA
1
72
71
143
T49
Chris Stroud
USA
1
72
71
143
T49
Chesson Hadley
USA
1
74
69
143
T49
Jonas Blixt
SWE
1
74
69
143
T49
Morgan Hoffmann
USA
1
73
70
143
T49
Danny Lee
NZL
1
72
71
143
T49
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
1
72
71
143
T49
Peter Malnati
USA
1
69
74
143
T49
Harold Varner III
USA
1
69
74
143
T49
Peter Uihlein
USA
1
72
71
143
T49
Russell Knox
SCO
1
67
76
143
T49
Henrik Stenson
SWE
1
70
73
143
T49
Sergio Garcia
ESP
1
71
72
143
T49
Zach Johnson
USA
1
71
72
143
T49
Charley Hoffman
USA
1
69
74
143
T49
Graeme McDowell
NIR
1
71
72
143
T49
Nick Watney
USA
1
71
72
143
T49
Vaughn Taylor
USA
1
74
69
143
T49
Sam Burns
USA
1
69
74
143
CUT
Adam Hadwin
CAN
2
73
71
144
CUT
Adam Schenk
USA
2
75
69
144
CUT
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
2
71
73
144
CUT
Bud Cauley
USA
2
70
74
144
CUT
Chase Wright
USA
2
74
70
144
CUT
Dylan Meyer
USA
2
73
71
144
CUT
Kevin Tway
USA
2
74
70
144
CUT
Michael Thompson
USA
2
74
70
144
CUT
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
2
70
74
144
CUT
Richy Werenski
USA
2
74
70
144
CUT
Ryan Moore
USA
2
72
72
144
CUT
Sam Ryder
USA
2
74
70
144
CUT
Seamus Power
IRL
2
74
70
144
CUT
Steve Stricker
USA
2
73
71
144
CUT
Stewart Cink
USA
2
70
74
144
CUT
Tyler Duncan
USA
2
78
66
144
CUT
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
3
71
74
145
CUT
Chez Reavie
USA
3
72
73
145
CUT
D. A. Points
USA
3
73
72
145
CUT
Gary Woodland
USA
3
74
71
145
CUT
Jason Day
AUS
3
74
71
145
CUT
John Senden
AUS
3
74
71
145
CUT
K. J. Choi
KOR
3
72
73
145
CUT
Keegan Bradley
USA
3
68
77
145
CUT
Kenny Perry
USA
3
73
72
145
CUT
Robert Streb
USA
3
72
73
145
CUT
Akshay Bhatia
USA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Alex Prugh
USA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Branden Grace
RSA
4
71
75
146
CUT
Brian Harman
USA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Cameron Tringale
USA
4
72
74
146
CUT
Cody Gribble
USA
4
71
75
146
CUT
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
4
73
73
146
CUT
J. T. Poston
USA
4
73
73
146
CUT
Jason Dufner
USA
4
71
75
146
CUT
Michael Kim
KOR
4
70
76
146
CUT
Rod Pampling
AUS
4
73
73
146
CUT
Ryan Vermeer
USA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Brian Davis
ENG
5
76
71
147
CUT
Chris Kirk
USA
5
76
71
147
CUT
Grayson Murray
USA
5
72
75
147
CUT
Hunter Mahan
USA
5
72
75
147
CUT
Jim Herman
USA
5
73
74
147
CUT
Kevin Streelman
USA
5
75
72
147
CUT
Kyle Jones
USA
5
74
73
147
CUT
Seth Reeves
USA
5
75
72
147
CUT
Beau Hossler
USA
6
75
73
148
CUT
Cameron Davis
AUS
6
75
73
148
CUT
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
6
73
75
148
CUT
Hudson Swafford
USA
6
72
76
148
CUT
Patrick Rodgers
USA
6
73
75
148
CUT
Scott Brown
USA
6
76
72
148
CUT
Tom Hoge
USA
6
73
75
148
CUT
Webb Simpson
USA
6
73
75
148
CUT
Adam Svensson
CAN
7
76
73
149
CUT
Brandon Hagy
USA
7
73
76
149
CUT
Brendan Steele
USA
7
76
73
149
CUT
Joey Garber
USA
7
74
75
149
CUT
Stephan Jaeger
GER
7
73
76
149
CUT
Max Homa
USA
8
78
72
150
CUT
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
8
69
81
150
CUT
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
MEX
9
76
75
151
CUT
Sang-Moon Bae
KOR
9
74
77
151
CUT
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
9
76
75
151
CUT
David Hearn
CAN
10
75
77
152
CUT
Martin Trainer
USA
10
77
75
152
CUT
Patrick Reed
USA
10
77
75
152
CUT
Sebastian Munoz
COL
10
79
73
152
CUT
Brice Garnett
USA
11
78
75
153
CUT
Scott Langley
USA
11
74
79
153
CUT
Jim Knous
USA
12
80
74
154
CUT
Rod Perry
USA
12
78
76
154
CUT
Austin Connelly
CAN
14
79
77
156
RET
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
Par
79
79
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