Adam Scott missed four putts inside 5 feet in the second round and shot a 4-over 75 to miss the cut at the Valspar Championship, ending the longest active streak on the PGA Tour. Scott had gone 45 consecutive PGA Tour events — and 57 events worldwide — without missing a cut.
"It had to happen eventually," he said. Brendon de Jonge rolled in two long putts on his way to a 2-under 69 for the 36-hole lead.
Halfway home, it felt like a long way to go considering all the players behind him. The Copperhead course at Innisbrook is such a demanding test that the players who made the cut on the number were still only seven shots behind.
De Jonge rolled in a 50-foot birdie putt on No. 7 and finished with a birdie on the uphill ninth hole for a one-shot lead over Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson, Ryan Moore, Derek Ernst and Kevin Streelman. Lucas Glover, Sean O'Hair and Ian Poulter were two shots behind. De Jonge, who has never won on the PGA Tour, was at 6-under 136.
Hoffman meets alligator on a stroll
Charley Hoffman played short of the water hazard, then nearly walked into the path of a 10-foot alligator on the fairway. The alligator ambled across the third fairway at Innisbrook during the second round of the Valspar Championship.
Hoffman, John Senden and Woody Austin wisely decided to wait until the gator finished his journey from one swamp to the next.
"Rarely do they walk in the middle of the fairway and halt play," Hoffman said. "We weren't going anywhere fast. And neither was he."
... Tiger Woods will not be at Bay Hill next week for the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the second tournament he has missed since stating a month ago that he would not return until his game was ready.
Darvish to have Tommy John surgery
Righthander Yu Darvish decided to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery after famed orthopedist Dr. James Andrews confirmed the previous two recommendations to have the partly torn elbow ligament replaced. ... Former Twin Kyle Lohse is set to start on opening day for the Brewers. ... Dontrelle Willis will retire, ending his comeback bid with the Brewers. ... The Red Sox finalized a minor league contract with 19-year-old Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada that includes a $31.5 million signing bonus. ... Nationals closer Drew Storen underwent surgery on his nonpitching hand and is expected to be ready for the season opener.
Harvick grabs pole
Kevin Harvick once again showed how dominant he is at Phoenix International Raceway with a pole-winning run at the track he has mastered. Harvick has won four of the past five NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Phoenix, and a record six for his career. Harvick turned a lap of 140.751 mph in his Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet to win the pole. Joey Logano qualified second with a lap at 140.543. He was followed by Jamie McMurray, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman.
AROUND THE HORN
Skiing: Anna Fenninger won a giant slalom race and snatched the overall lead in the World Cup standings. Fenninger finished the race in Are, Sweden, 0.71 seconds ahead of Nadia Fanchini and 1.07 ahead of Eva-Maria Brem.The result means Fenninger took the lead in the overall standings from Tina Maze, who finished 20th.
Ski jumping: Sara Takanashi won the last women's ski jump World Cup event of the season but it wasn't enough to prevent Daniela Iraschko-Stolz from clinching the overall title.