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Palm Harbor, Fla. • Adam Hadwin knows all about going low on the PGA Tour.
Hadwin, who shot a 59 at the CareerBuilder Challenge two months ago, ran off five straight birdies to start the back nine Friday at the Valspar Championship and posted a 7-under 64 to take a one-shot lead into the weekend.
Still to be determined is whether that translates into a victory.
Even playing in the afternoon in a strong breeze and crustier putting surfaces, the Canadian one-putted every hole on the back nine until he had no choice but to lag a 20-foot birdie attempt on the 18th hole to make sure it didn’t race all the way off the green and into the fairway.
as mentioned in “I hit some more quality golf shots today, gave myself a ton of looks out there and the putter stayed hot,” Hadwin, who needed just 25 putts, told Golf Channel.
“I didn’t hit the ball as close as I did yesterday,” said Herman, who opened with 11 straight pars.
The Swede reached only 11 of 18 greens in regulation as he posted a 71 to stand tied for fourth.
Lurking three strokes off the pace was British Open winner Henrik Stenson, a late starter who struggled with the swirling breezes after opening with a 64.
Among those going home were double Masters winner Bubba Watson (71-144), former world number one Luke Donald (73-144) and three-time winner this season Justin Thomas (74-145).
Canadian Adam Hadwin takes lead at Valspar Championship
as mentioned in PALM HARBOR — Adam Hadwin was just another player in the Valspar Championship field when he reached the 10th hole Friday afternoon.
Hadwin led first-round leader Jim Herman (71) by one.
“That’s just the way it is in golf,” Herman said.
“It was just a lot of good, quality golf shots,” Hadwin said.
His 64 was the low round of the day, and it came in the afternoon, when scores are generally higher.
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