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It’s Groundhog Day for Max Homa, who shares clubhouse lead at Valspar Championship

PALM HARBOR, Fla. – For Max Homa, each day on the golf course is beginning to really feel like Groundhog Day. On Friday, he adopted up a 5-under 66 with a 3-under 68 for a share of the clubhouse lead with Lucas Glover at 8-under 134.

“Game feels like it’s very repeatable at the moment,” Homa stated. “You go around a course like this without feeling too much anxiety, too much stress, that’s a bonus.”

His 3-wood has been dialed in, too. On Monday, Homa made his first albatross, holing his second shot at a par 5 together with his trusty 3-wood at Greystone Golf Club in Birmingham, Alabama. On Friday, he almost did it once more, drilling previous dependable to 4 toes, 9 inches from the opening and settling for eagle.

“She’s hot,” Homa stated. “I’ve always hit my 3-wood quite well, it’s typically one of my favorite clubs. I know every caddie that’s ever worked for me has said it’s their favorite club, which means it probably should be my favorite club. So, I don’t know, it’s just a hitting it out of the middle and it’s going where I’m looking at the moment.”

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His putter hasn’t been too shabby, both. Homa made simply over 200 toes of putts on Thursday and adopted that up by holing a 27-foot birdie at No. 17 and a 30-foot birdie at No. 4. For the week, Homa ranks second in Strokes Gained: Putting.

“For a moment there I thought I was going to go super low but at the same time, that’s where this course will get you,” he stated. “It’s hard to go around this place unscathed.”

Homa hasn’t forgotten when Groundhog Day felt like an limitless string of missed cuts. In 2017, he missed 15 of 17 cuts, however he’s come out the opposite facet, understanding what all-time low on the PGA Tour seems like and appreciating the successes he’d had. How does he clarify lacking his three earlier cuts in Tampa, but making it look straightforward this week?

“I’m just better at golf now,” he stated. “I told my wife that there’s a few tee shots out here I remember being anxious over and I showed up this week on Wednesday and was rolling my eyes that I thought that that was as demanding as it was.”

He added: “This is the longest I’ve played really well since like college. It’s a comfort to show up to events.”

Glover want to have just a few extra repeatable rounds like Friday. He signed for a bogey-free 6-under 65, throughout which he lead the sphere in Strokes Gained: Around the Green.

“Scrappy, I think, would be a good word,” he stated in making an attempt to explain his spherical. “I usually hit a lot of greens. You got to do that here, you got to get it in the fairway and just hit it on the green, because it’s not easy to get it too close, you short side yourself a few times, this and that, but ball striking’s always been a strength and that’s key around here, but my short game’s bailed me out the first two days.”

Glover has by no means been one to stress – his phrase – about his ballstriking, and he’s assured it should flip round this weekend. World No. 1 Dustin Johnson was sad together with his iron recreation after the primary spherical, which included a 12-hole stretch and not using a birdie, so he headed straight to the vary final night time.

“Mid to long irons I don’t think I hit one in the middle of the club face,” Johnson stated of Thursday’s opening spherical. “So, a little frustrated, but today I felt like I swung it a lot better.”

He bounced again with a 3-under 68 to safe a weekend date at Innisbrook Resort.

“If I can go out and play a nice round tomorrow, I can get right back in the golf tournament,” he stated.

Among these lurking only a stroke behind the leaders at 7 underneath included Charl Schwartzel and Tom Lewis, who every matched Glover with 65s, and Sungjae Im and Zach Johnson.

The low 65 and ties will play the weekend at the Copperhead Course.

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