It was quite a different day for top-ranked Jordan Spieth,
who struggled to a 76 on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook
after starting with five bogeys on his first seven holes and
The defending champion is in danger of missing the cut for the
second time in his past four PGA Tour tournaments.
"It was a very tough day," Spieth said. "I just caught the wrong
gusts. You kind of get a 50-50 chance on a day like today on
those into-the-wind shots."
The course was difficult to negotiate for the rest of the field
as well. Three players finished in the 80s, and only seven broke
Bradley moved to 5 under after a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 4,
his 13th hole of the day, before his only bogey of the round at
No. 6. At one point, he led the field by three strokes.
Howell and Duke managed to avoid a bogey. Each had four birdies.
"The golf course is so tricky with the wind, and we tried to
keep the ball in front of us," Duke said. "That's what we have
to do around here."
Trailing the leaders by one shot was Chesson Hadley after a 68.
At 2-under 69 were Chez Reavie, Charley Hoffman and Greg Yates,
who secured a place in the field by winning the Valspar
Collegiate last year. They were the only other players to break
Danny Willett of England was among a group at 70. Steve Stricker
and Sweden's Henrik Stenson shot par 71.
Stricker was leading in the morning before he fell back with
three consecutive bogeys.
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