Steve Wheatcroft authored a 3-under-par 34-34=68 in today's second round of the Valspar Championship for a 36-hole total of 1-under 141, up 51 places on the live leaderboard to T16.
After opening his fifth season on TOUR in T55-T67 and a pair of missed cuts, Wheatcroft accelerated his knee surgery to Nov. 25th from Dec. 9th. He's returned to a T67, four missed cuts, and a season-best T53 in his last start at the Honda. Making his third appearance at the Copperhead, the 38-year-old, who had a 74.25 scoring average in four career rounds, opened in similar fashion with a sloppy 2-over 73 on day one. He bounced back on Friday with four birdies against one bogey for a personal best on the par-71 layout. The Jacksonville, Florida, resident improved to eight (of 13) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, but digressed to 1.900 putts per GIR. Two of his four circles went in the conventional way, both from inside of four feet, and he added a pitch-in birdie-4 at the fifth and a chip-in birdie-2 at the 17th, his eighth hole of the day.
Fri, Mar 11, 2016 05:15:00 PM