PALM HARBOR, FLORIDA – Justin Rose had another great finish, chipping in from 40 feet on his last hole for a 3-under 68 that gave him a share of the lead among the early starters Friday in the Valspar Championship.
Even without as much wind, the Copperhead course at Innisbrook showed plenty of bite. Just ask John Daly. He took a 12 on the 16th hole, and then missed a 4-foot putt on his last hole for a 90, the highest score of his 24 years on the PGA Tour.
“It was just one of those days when nothing went right,” Daly said. “You hit it in the bunker, it buries. Hit it in the fairway, you are in a divot. I even hit it in a divot in a bunker.”
Rose had the lowest score of the morning group — no one has yet to post better than 68 so far — and finished at 3-under 139 to share the lead with Pat Perez (71) and Italy’s Matteo Manassero (70).
Only 12 players who had finished their rounds remained under par.
Jim Furyk, who won this event four years ago, had a 69 and was in the group at 2-under 140 with Scott Langley (69), John Merrick (70), Luke Guthrie (70) and Greg Chalmers, who bogeyed two of his last four holes for a 72.
Daly was well over the cut line when he came to the 16th hole. He hit his tee shot into the water, hit two more into the water with a fairway metal from the drop area, took three chips to get on the green and made a 12. It was his 16th score of 10 or higher on a hole.
Daly’s previous worst career 18-hole score had been an 89 in the second round of the 2008 British Open at Royal Birkdale.
“When you’ve got the yips, it’s no fun,” Daly said. “When you play a putt to go left-to-right and push it three feet right, you look like an idiot.”