Tracker: Garrigus' 66 gives him Valspar lead

Justin Rose during the second round of the Valspar Championship Friday at Innisbrook Resort's Copperhead course in Palm Harbor, Fla.

Robert Garrigus fired a second-round, 5-under 66 to grab a three-shot lead Friday at the Valspar Championship.

Garrigus birdied all four par 5s at Innisbrook Resort's Copperhead course for the second straight day to help get to 7 under overall. Kevin Na, who is bogey-free through 36 holes, is second at 4 under. Justin Rose is one of four players at 3 under.

Here's how it all unfolded Friday in Palm Harbor, Fla.:

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Update No. 20: 6:38 p.m. EDT

Robert Garrigus closes with pars at Nos. 16-18 to wrap up a 5-under 66, the round of the tournament so far. Garrigus leads by three shots at 7 under.

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Update No. 19: 6:31 p.m. EDT

The projected cut is currently 3 over with 84 players safe at the moment. Among those at 4 over, Camilo Villegas and Steven Bowditcha are the only ones one the course, both through 17 holes. Among those at 3 over: Brandt Snedeker, Jason Dufner, Chesson Hadley and Brooks Koepka. Koepka is the only one of that group with holes to play – he's through 14 holes.

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Update No. 18: 6:02 p.m. EDT

A birdie at the par-3 15th is Robert Garrigus' second birdie in a row and sixth of the round. He's 7 under overall and leads Matt Every and Kevin Na by three shots.

Na, who is bogey free through 36 holes, chipped in at the ninth to cap his second-round 3-under 68.

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Update No. 17: 5:41 p.m. EDT

Make that a three-shot edge for Robert Garrigus, whose birdie at the par-5 14th moves him to 6 under. Also, Kevin Nah is bogey free through 17 holes, and is 3 under overall.

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Update No. 16: 5:32 p.m. EDT

Robert Garrigus now holds a two-shot lead at 5 under. He's 3 under through 13 holes with his latest birdie coming at the par-5 11th hole.

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Update No. 15: 4:43 p.m. EDT

Michael Putnam closes his front nine with bogeys at Nos. 17 and 18, and he falls back to 2 under as a result. That leaves Robert Garrigus alone in first place at 4 under.

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Update No. 14: 4:10 p.m. EDT

Charles Howell III snaps a streak of three straight birdies with a bogey at the par-4 second hole. Howell is now 2 under through 11 holes, and 2 under overall, as well.

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Update No. 13: 3:38 p.m. EDT

Robert Garrigus and Michael Putnam each move into the lead at 4 under with birdie on their fifth hole of the day, Garrigus the par-5 fifth and Putnam the par-5 14th.

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Update No. 12: 3:01 p.m. EDT

Two straight birdies by Russell Knox, including most recently at the par-3 fourth where he holed his second shot from the rough, have him at 3 under and tied for the lead. Knox lost in a playoff at the Honda Classic in his last PGA Tour start.

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Update No. 11: 2:43 p.m. EDT

The lead is still 3 under and it's currently shared by six players, including Michael Putnam. The 2013 Web.com Tour regular-season money winner has made eight of 11 cuts so far this season on the PGA Tour, but his best finish is only T-32.

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Update No. 10: 2:16 p.m. EDT

Matt Kuchar birdied Nos. 8 and 9 to close out an even-par 71. At 2 over and currently tied for 55th, Kuchar has a good chance of making the cut.

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Update No. 9: 1:49 p.m. EDT

Chesson Hadley birdied his opening hole, the par-5 first, to move back to 3 over. Earlier this week, Hadley, last week's winner in Puerto Rico, did a Google+ Hangout with PGATour.com (See the video above or mobile users can view it here).

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Update No. 8: 1:41 p.m. EDT

Greg Chalmers follows his birdie at the 14th with a bogey at the par-3 15th to fall back to 3 under. He's now tied with five others for the lead, including Matteo Manassero and Justin Rose.

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Update No. 7: 1:22 p.m. EDT

Greg Chalmers birdies the par-5 14th to move to 4 under, where he now holds the outright lead. It's Chalmers' first birdie since the second hole.

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Update No. 6: 1:09 p.m. EDT

John Daly shot a 19-over 90 today. The round included a 12 at the par-4 16th. Click here to read more.

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Update No. 5: 12:20 p.m. EDT

Pat Perez just wrapped up an even-par 71. He'll enter the weekend at 3 under, which currently has him tied for the lead with five others, including Justin Rose, who just bogeyed the par-4 sixth to fall out of the outright lead.

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Update No. 4: 12:14 p.m. EDT

Jim Furyk is 2 under through 15 holes today after carding an even-par 71 on Thursday. He's currently tied for seventh.

Earlier this week, Furyk shared a story from his rookie year on Tour involving his pro debut at the 1994 Hawaiian Open and Lanny Wadkins.

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Update No. 3: 12:07 p.m. EDT

Justin Rose birdies the par-5 fifth to move to 4 under. The 2013 U.S. Open champ now has a one-shot lead on the field.

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Update No. 2: 11:44 a.m. EDT

Greg Chalmers pulls his tee shot at the par-3 eighth and ends up with bogey to fall back to 3 under. He's now tied with Matt Every, Pat Perez and Justin Rose for the lead.

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Update No. 1: 11:23 a.m. EDT

Greg Chalmers, one of four first-round leaders, leads outright at 4 under right now. He's 1 under through seven holes. Here's how the other three first-round leaders are faring so far today:

  • Pat Perez, 3 under, even thru 12 today
  • Danny Lee, 1 under, 2 over thru 6 today
  • Matt Every, 3 under, tees off at 2:10 p.m.

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Weather conditions

Friday's forecast calls for warmer temps and less wind – though Thursday's conditions didn't seem as nice as they had been forecast, so take it with a grain of salt perhaps. Clear skies overnight mean temps below 50 for the start of play, with highs around 70 in the late afternoon and wind expected to stay around 10 mph or less.

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Thursday's coverage

5 Things: Leaders keep cool with four 68s at Valspar

Thursday at Innisbrook was all about coping with the wind – and the foursome who did it best finished tied for the first-round lead of the Valspar Championship. Greg Chalmers, Matt Every, Danny Lee and Pat Perez shot 3-under 68s to find the top of the leaderboard at Innisbrook's Copperhead course. Here are 5 Things to know about the day's events in Palm Harbor, Fla.

Tracker: 4-way tie for Valspar Championship first-round lead

Taking the morning lead with a 68, Matt Every stole the spotlight early from notables including Matt Kuchar and reigning U.S. Open champion Justin Rose on Thursday at the PGA Tour's Valspar Championship near Tampa. A crowd built on the lead number – and after 18 holes, Every's joined by Greg Chalmers, Danny Lee and Pat Perez for the first-round lead.

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Preview coverage

M. Kuchar, J. Dufner top expert picks for Valspar

A week after the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott registered on the radars of many, it'll be Jason Dufner, Matt Kuchar and Graham DeLaet that receive the love at the Valspar Championship. That's mostly due to the tight quarters of Innisbrook, where ball striking and keeping it in play is at a premium. Here's a look at the picks of our staff experts:

5 Things: H. English ready; B. Snedeker searches; more

The PGA Tour’s month-long Florida Swing enters Turn 3 with the Valspar Championship beginning Thursday at Innisbrook Resort, just outside Tampa. With the stout Florida lineup – a rising comet in the Honda Classic, a WGC (Trump Doral) and a date at Arnold Palmer’s place next week, the Valspar is easy to overlook, but Innisbrook’s Copperhead Course is an excellent tournament test. Its roster of past champions (which includes K.J. Choi, Retief Goosen, Vijay Singh, Jim Furyk) is ample proof it’s a great spot for top ballstrikers.

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