World No. 86 Harris English was 12 strokes better in Round 2 of the Valspar Championship, reaching the midpoint on even-par 142 following a 6-under-par 34-31=65, currently T56 on the leaderboard, up 81 spots, and tying the low round of the day with clubhouse leader Tyrone Van Aswegen. UPDATE: With play completed, English made the cut on the number while 36-hole leader Adam Hadwin had the low round with 64.
The 27-year-old kicked off with a dismal 77, losing 5.556 strokes against the field after outbalancing three birdies with seven bogeys and a double. He rebounded for seven (of 13) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 2.738 strokes tee-to-green and 3.584 on the greens. The Georgian squared a lone bogey-5 at three (failed scramble), and then played his final 15 holes blemish-free, circling five conventional birdies at 4, 7, 12, 17 and 18, all from between 11 and 27 feet, adding a hole-out 3 at the ninth (from 23'4" away) and another for birdie-2 at 13 (59'9" away). He recorded 1.583 putts per GIR and 3.555 SG: Putting, taking just 23 whacks with the flat stick. Mar 10 - 2:28 PM