Valspar Championship - R1

Straka & Dahmen tied for lead in Florida

March 21-24
Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead), Palm Harbor, Florida
$6,700,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Austria’s Sepp Straka took advantage of a depleted field at the Valspar Championship, firing a bogey free five-under 66 to seize a share of the first round lead with Joel Dahmen.

Straka, who is chasing his first win on the US PGA Tour, finished with five birdies at the Innisbrook Golf and Spa resort in Florida.

A number of top players took the week off following the prestigious Players Championship but the event still includes Jason Day, Patrick Reed, Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson.

Russell Knox, Kevin Kisner and Luke Donald are tied for third at four under par and American Keegan Bradley is part of a five-player group at three under 68, two strokes back of the leaders.

Johnson, Watson and Jim Furyk are tied for 11th and still well within striking distance after opening with a two-under 69.

“I played a little bit better than my score,” Johnson said. “But first time being here in a while, not real used to the golf course. It was a good score.”

Like Straka, Dahmen has yet to win on the Tour. He rolled in six birdies and just one bogey. He is coming of a tie for 12th at The Players.

American Dahmen already had a top 10 finish this season when he tied for ninth at the Farmers two months ago.

Straka’s best finish of the season was a tie for 13th at the same event.


Knox had one of the more entertaining rounds by making an albatross on the par-five 11th after taking a double bogey two holes earlier.

“It’s a good way to go from plus two to minus one very quickly,” Knox said. “Didn’t even have to putt, which was great.”

Defending champion Paul Casey opened with a 70, while Jon Rahm made his tournament debut with an even-par 71.

Early tee times didn’t help Reed, who had a 77, or Day at 74.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
T1
Joel Dahmen
USA
-5
66
T1
Sepp Straka
AUT
-5
66
T3
Russell Knox
SCO
-4
67
T3
Kevin Kisner
USA
-4
67
T3
Luke Donald
ENG
-4
67
T6
Brian Stuard
USA
-3
68
T6
Keegan Bradley
USA
-3
68
T6
Denny McCarthy
USA
-3
68
T6
Roberto Castro
USA
-3
68
T6
Shawn Stefani
USA
-3
68
T11
Peter Malnati
USA
-2
69
T11
Harold Varner III
USA
-2
69
T11
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-2
69
T11
Russell Henley
USA
-2
69
T11
Charley Hoffman
USA
-2
69
T11
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
-2
69
T11
Jason Kokrak
USA
-2
69
T11
Kelly Kraft
USA
-2
69
T11
Hank Lebioda
USA
-2
69
T11
Sam Burns
USA
-2
69
T11
Julian Etulain
ARG
-2
69
T11
Scott Stallings
USA
-2
69
T11
Dustin Johnson
USA
-2
69
T11
Austin Cook
USA
-2
69
T11
Bubba Watson
USA
-2
69
T11
Jim Furyk
USA
-2
69
T11
Danny Willett
ENG
-2
69
T11
Roberto Diaz
MEX
-2
69
T29
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
-1
70
T29
Bud Cauley
USA
-1
70
T29
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
-1
70
T29
Ryan Armour
USA
-1
70
T29
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-1
70
T29
Curtis Luck
AUS
-1
70
T29
Stewart Cink
USA
-1
70
T29
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
-1
70
T29
Anirban Lahiri
IND
-1
70
T29
Roger Sloan
CAN
-1
70
T29
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-1
70
T29
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-1
70
T29
Paul Casey
ENG
-1
70
T29
Brandt Snedeker
USA
-1
70
T29
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
-1
70
T29
Patton Kizzire
USA
-1
70
T29
Michael Kim
KOR
-1
70
T46
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
Par
71
T46
Jon Rahm
ESP
Par
71
T46
Sergio Garcia
ESP
Par
71
T46
Jason Dufner
USA
Par
71
T46
Zach Johnson
USA
Par
71
T46
Cody Gribble
USA
Par
71
T46
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
Par
71
T46
Graeme McDowell
NIR
Par
71
T46
Nick Watney
USA
Par
71
T46
Nick Taylor
CAN
Par
71
T46
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
Par
71
T46
Alex Cejka
GER
Par
71
T46
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
Par
71
T46
Trey Mullinax
USA
Par
71
T46
Branden Grace
RSA
Par
71
T46
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
Par
71
T46
Sam Saunders
USA
Par
71
T46
Wyndham Clark
USA
Par
71
T46
Kramer Hickok
USA
Par
71
T65
Cameron Tringale
USA
1
72
T65
Peter Uihlein
USA
1
72
T65
Ryan Moore
USA
1
72
T65
Chez Reavie
USA
1
72
T65
Hudson Swafford
USA
1
72
T65
Hunter Mahan
USA
1
72
T65
Bill Haas
USA
1
72
T65
Robert Streb
USA
1
72
T65
Andrew Landry
USA
1
72
T65
Grayson Murray
USA
1
72
T65
Chris Stroud
USA
1
72
T65
K. J. Choi
KOR
1
72
T65
Danny Lee
NZL
1
72
T65
Lucas Glover
USA
1
72
T65
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
1
72
T80
Brandon Hagy
USA
2
73
T80
Tom Hoge
USA
2
73
T80
Patrick Rodgers
USA
2
73
T80
Webb Simpson
USA
2
73
T80
Steve Stricker
USA
2
73
T80
Jim Herman
USA
2
73
T80
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
2
73
T80
Matt Jones
AUS
2
73
T80
Dylan Meyer
USA
2
73
T80
Stephan Jaeger
GER
2
73
T80
Brian Gay
USA
2
73
T80
J. T. Poston
USA
2
73
T80
Kenny Perry
USA
2
73
T80
D. A. Points
USA
2
73
T80
Adam Hadwin
CAN
2
73
T80
Rod Pampling
AUS
2
73
T80
Brandon Harkins
USA
2
73
T80
Morgan Hoffmann
USA
2
73
T80
Ryan Blaum
USA
2
73
T80
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
2
73
T100
Alex Prugh
USA
3
74
T100
Scott Langley
USA
3
74
T100
Jason Day
AUS
3
74
T100
Kevin Tway
USA
3
74
T100
Sang-Moon Bae
KOR
3
74
T100
Vaughn Taylor
USA
3
74
T100
Kyle Jones
USA
3
74
T100
Joey Garber
USA
3
74
T100
John Senden
AUS
3
74
T100
Billy Hurley III
USA
3
74
T100
Gary Woodland
USA
3
74
T100
Brian Harman
USA
3
74
T100
Chesson Hadley
USA
3
74
T100
Jonas Blixt
SWE
3
74
T100
Richy Werenski
USA
3
74
T100
Sam Ryder
USA
3
74
T100
Michael Thompson
USA
3
74
T100
Seamus Power
IRL
3
74
T100
Akshay Bhatia
USA
3
74
T100
Chase Wright
USA
3
74
T100
Ryan Vermeer
USA
3
74
T121
Beau Hossler
USA
4
75
T121
Cameron Davis
AUS
4
75
T121
Harris English
USA
4
75
T121
David Hearn
CAN
4
75
T121
Kevin Streelman
USA
4
75
T121
Adam Schenk
USA
4
75
T121
Seth Reeves
USA
4
75
T128
Brian Davis
ENG
5
76
T128
Brendan Steele
USA
5
76
T128
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
5
76
T128
Chris Kirk
USA
5
76
T128
Scott Brown
USA
5
76
T128
Adam Svensson
CAN
5
76
T128
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
MEX
5
76
T135
Martin Trainer
USA
6
77
T135
Patrick Reed
USA
6
77
T137
Rod Perry
USA
7
78
T137
Tyler Duncan
USA
7
78
T137
Brice Garnett
USA
7
78
T137
Max Homa
USA
7
78
T141
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
8
79
T141
Austin Connelly
CAN
8
79
T141
Sebastian Munoz
COL
8
79
144
Jim Knous
USA
9
80
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