Valspar Championship: Joel Dahmen, Sepp Straka share lead after Round 1 | Golf

Two PGA professionals who’ve but to win on tour are sitting on the prime of the leaderboard after the primary spherical of the Valspar Championship.

American Joel Dahmen and Austrian professional Sepp Straka carded rounds of 5-under 66 on the Innisbrook Golf and Spa resort in Florida on Thursday. Dahmen had a close to spotless spherical with six birdies and only one bogey, whereas Straka was blemish-free with 5 birdies.

Dahmen already had a prime end this season when he tied for ninth place on the Farmers Insurance coverage Open in January. Straka additionally had his finest end of the season, then simply exterior the top-10 in a tie for 13th.

A trio of Russell Knox, Kevin Kisner and Luke Donald path the leaders in third place (four beneath) and 5 extra golfers spherical out the top-10 in a tie for sixth (three beneath), together with Keegan Bradley.

The Tiger Woods-less match nonetheless has loads of well-known names within the discipline with golfers like Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson and Sergio Garcia making an attempt to make it to the weekend.

Each Johnson and Watson are among the many leaders in a large tie for 11th place (2 beneath). Garcia, nevertheless, fell down the leaderboard after capturing even par.

Johnson was a staple within the day’s spotlight reel. Together with the 2 bogeys he carded, Johnson had three birdies and made some spectacular pictures.

However probably the most memorable shot got here from Knox on the par-5 11th gap. He had simply completed the entrance 9 with a double bogey, however that did not appear to have an effect on him after the flip.

Knox completed 11 with an albatross from 275 yards out. 

Spherical 2 will start at 7:40 a.m. ET. 

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