Joel Dahmen, Sepp Straka share early lead at Valspar Championship

Elena Summers
March 24, 2019

Yeah, I want another one. He is in the hunt for his second PGA Tour win.

He also pointed to Johnson being the favourite, at least in the eyes of thousands of fans on a warm, sun-filled day at Innisbrook, the kind of buzz it had past year when Tiger Woods played for the first time.

"I like the way things are right now with my swing", said Elvira after moving to 13-under-par, with American David Lipsky his nearest challenger. Luke Donald, who briefly held the lead, shot a 70 and was one behind, along with Scott Stallings (68) and Sungjae Im (67).

"You can be three, four, five shots out at this golf course and really make some noise if you get it going early", Kokrak said. But on the final hole, after Johnson made his birdie, Casey went into the first of a series of miniature church-pew bunkers on the 18th, couldn't get to the green and missed his 15-foot par putt.

Defending champion Paul Casey clung to a one-stroke lead over top-ranked Dustin Johnson despite a closing bogey in Saturday's third round of the US PGA Tour Valspar Championship. "Missed a couple birdie opportunities but other than that I played really well".

"Obviously he's the prominent one in the group of guys near the lead", Casey said.

Kokrak, seeking his first PGA crown after 197 starts over eight seasons, aced the par-3 15th with an 8-iron from 218 yards.

Johnson finished the day with one of the more colourful scorecards.


For the past year, Donald has struggled with a back issue that forced him to miss nearly all of the 2018 season.

"He (Johnson) is the best player in the world", said Casey, who is seeking to become the first back-to-back victor in the event's 19-year history. I'm thankful that I feel good and healthy and ready for a weekend.

Donald has done more than just make the cut. Twenty-two players are within five strokes of Casey and Cook's lead.

Knox said he would have been delighted with a birdie.

There is a sizable tie for ninth place at three under that has Jon Rahm in contention.

Former world number one Jason Day stumbled to a 74, while Patrick Reed shot 77 three weeks before he will defend his Masters title at the year's first major. "Didn't even have to putt, which was great".

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who is playing in this tournament for the first time since 2010, carded a 2-under 69 and is tied for sixth along with first-round co-leader Joel Dahmen (1 over) and Australian Curtis Luck (3 under), two shots off the pace. He's the better player, so it's pretty simple.

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