Brendon De Jonge leads at the half-way point in the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook in Florida.
Brendon carded a second round -2 under pat 69 at the Valspar Championship to sit on top of the leaderboard at -6 under par for the championship.
He was pleased with his performance so far, and hopes it will last for the four rounds;
“Very pleased, feel like my game is in good shape at the moment. Putting four rounds together.”
” I made a soft bogey on No. 6 after driving it perfectly. Terrible tee shot on 7. Got lucky to have a shot. Made a long putt.”
“I made a 50-footer over there on No. 7 and No. 9 was playing straight downwind, so you could get pretty aggressive there.”
“It’s just a fickle course. You don’t want to get too exotic. If the wind blows, it’s tough. Blowing all afternoon. We definitely got a break. We had nine holes out there. Interested to see what happens.”
“Trying to get as far away from golf as I can this afternoon.”
There are five players tied in second place on the Copperhead course, with Jordan Spieth leading the way, carding the low round of the day, -4 under par 67, to post a tournament total of -5 under par.
Joining him on that score are, Henrik Stenson, the highest world ranking player in the field, Ryan Moore, Kevin Streelman and Derek Ernst.
Derek looked for while that he might open up quite a gap from the field, he got to -7 under par, but gathered five bogey’s against his six birdies for a final round of -1 under par 70. He said winning is what it is all about;
“Yeah, you know, that’s what we strive for everyday.”
“We’re not coming out here to not play good. We’re trying to come out here and win a golf tournament. That’s what it’s all about.”
“I put myself in that frame of mind coming into the week and as you think so you become. That’s what’s happening right now.”
“Sometimes when you get focused and get in the zone it’s fun, almost like it’s unreal.”
There are a whole host of players at -4 under par for the championship, including Ian Poulter and Ricky Barnes.
Ricky, one of the longer hitters on Tour, had a double-bogey on a par 5, the 605-yard fifth hole, and said he really needs to avoid the doubles;
“One bad shot and kind of had to play down another fairway. Really had no other option. If I had another option I probably would have chipped out, gone that way.”
“You know, like I said yesterday, if you only have one bogey around this course you’re going to do OK.”
“I just had one bogey again today. Got to eliminate the doubles.”