Sepp Straka flourishes at Valspar Championship in Florida
Austrian rookie shares first round lead as Ireland’s Seamus Power struggles
Sepp Straka watches his tee shot on the sixth hole during the first round of the Valspar Championship. Photograph: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images
The 25-year-old, the first Austrian to earn a tour card, has missed six of nine cuts so far but five birdies in 10 holes from the fifth saw him card only his eighth sub-70 round this season.
Scotsman Knox had an erratic round with five birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey but the undoubted highlight was an albatross on the 11th where he holed out from 275 yards.
Donald’s round was much less dramatic with five birdies spoiled by his only dropped shot at the last.
Ireland’s Seamus Power is three over par after a first round 74, during which he bogeyed three of his final seven holes.