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Here is what you missed from Spherical 1 of the Valspar Championship

The PGA Tour’s Florida swing headed north this week for the 19th version of the Valspar Championship on the Innisbrook Golf Resort’s Copperhead course in Palm Harbor, Fla.

How did the gamers deal with the course’s notorious snake pit on Thursday? Right here’s every thing you missed from Spherical 1.

Joel Dahmen and Sepp Straka lead

Dahmen and Straka shared the honour of posting the spherical of the day with scores of five-under-par 66.

Dahmen carded six birdies and a lone bogey whereas Straka’s card was pristine, with 5 birdies and no bogeys.

Each Dahmen and Straka are in search of their maiden PGA Tour victories this week. Yet one more similarity: they each had their greatest finishes of the season on the Farmers Insurance coverage Open, the place Dahmen completed T9 and Straka was T13.

Dustin Johnson is within the hunt

Johnson had a comparatively quiet first spherical, with 4 birdies and two bogeys. The world No. 1 is presently T11 — three shot behind the leaders.

Whack.
Watch.
Stroll.

A factor of magnificence from @DJohnsonPGA. 😍 pic.twitter.com/FszN7foLlv

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 21, 2019

This 12 months marks solely the third time in his profession that DJ has performed the Valspar. He missed the in the reduction of in 2008 and 2010.

 

Russell Knox made historical past

Knox, a 33-year-old Scotsman, had a historic second on the Copperhead course on Thursday.

On the 573-yard par-5 11th gap, Knox had 275 yards left to the pin for his second shot from the suitable aspect of the golf green. He elected to go together with a Three-wood, and … he holed it!

🚨 ALBATROSS 🚨

The most effective shot in golf.

🦅 @RooKnox 🦅#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/ajoaWZAXDW

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 21, 2019

Knox’s 2 on a par 5 marked the primary albatross within the Valspar Championship’s 19-year historical past.

Knox made three extra birdies after the albatross to shoot four-under-par 67, which is presently T3.

Sergio Garcia confirmed us we have been doing it unsuitable all alongside

In case your again has been killing you out on the vary, take a web page from Sergio Garcia’s playbook and cease bending over to tee up your ball. Works like a appeal! See beneath.

That’s a brand new approach to tee it up …

🤔 @TheSergioGarcia pic.twitter.com/YSsScbgaJj

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 21, 2019

Hey, perhaps Garcia’s on to one thing. He did solely shoot even par on Thursday, however little question his again felt nice.

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