PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Matt Every made the best of the worst conditions Thursday and wound up in a four-way tie for the lead in the Valspar Championship.
The Copperhead course at Innisbrook is tough even in good weather. Throw in chilly temperatures and gusts over 20 mph, and it was even harder in the opening round. Pat Perez, Greg Chalmers and Danny Lee played in warmer weather in the afternoon and joined Every atop the leaderboard at 3-under 68.
Only three players broke 70 in the morning. Eight others broke 70 in the afternoon.
Among those at 69 were Matteo Manassero of Italy, Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium and Bill Haas.
Justin Rose, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 7, opened with a 71.
TROPHY HASSAN II
AGADIR, Morocco (AP) – Spain’s Alejandro Canizares shot a 10-under 62 in windy conditions at Golf du Palais Royal to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Trophy Hassan II.
Canizares had 11 birdies and a bogey for the lowest score in his European Tour career. England’s Seve Benson was second after a 63, and American Connor Arendell and Sweden’s Magnus Carlsson followed at 65.
The Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed Palais Royal sits inside the walls of the Royal Palace of Agadir. Other than the tournament, the course is used only by King Mohammed VI and his guests.