Tour Tracker: 4-way tie for Valspar lead

Matt Every and his caddie get ready for a shot during Thursday's first round of the PGA Tour's 2014 Valspar Championship near Tampa, Fla.

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Taking the morning lead with a 68, Matt Every stole the spotlight early from notables including Matt Kuchar and reigning U.S. Open champion Justin Rose on Thursday at the PGA Tour's Valspar Championship near Tampa.

While the Copperhead course didn't let anyone go low, a crowd built on the lead number – and after 18 holes, Every's joined by Greg Chalmers, Danny Lee and Pat Perez for the first-round lead.

• See second-round tee times and groupings right here.

Recap the first-round highlights right here – and scroll down for our preview coverage about the week at Innisbrook!

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Update No. 28: 7:26 p.m. EDT

Danny Lee wraps up his day with a par and Matteo Manassero finishes bogey-birdie, finalizing a four-way tie for the lead as the first round winds to a close. Manassero heads in as part of a seven-way tie for fifth alongside Nicolas Coelsaerts, Robert Garrigus, Tommy Gainey, Bill Haas, James Hahn and Michael Putnam.

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Update No. 27: 7:03 p.m. EDT

Greg Chalmers ends his day with three straight pars and a share of the lead thanks to a 68, keyed by a 3-under back nine. He's tied with Matt Every and Pat Perez in the clubhouse as well as Danny Lee, who's got one hole to play.

Matteo Manassero also is within striking distance, birdieing No. 16 to get to 2 under, T-5 with six others.

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Update No. 26: 6:51 p.m. EDT

Danny Lee's first bogey of the day comes at No. 6 and drops him to 3 under, creating a four-way tie for the lead with Matt Every, Pat Perez and Greg Chalmers. Every and Perez are in the clubhouse with 68s, while Chalmers has one hole to play and Lee has two after a par at No. 7.

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Update No. 25: 6:22 p.m. EDT

James Hahn closes out his day with back-to-back birdies for a 2-under 69 that pulls him within two shots of leader Danny Lee and get him to T-6 as things stand.

Hahn's just another golfer looking for new input on his swing, apparently – and our Adam Schupak got to the bottom of a somewhat unorthodox source of help in these circles:

@GolfweekSchupak: "James Hahn, who has never had a swing coach, credits YouTube video of Seve for straightening out his swing today. Beats paying $150 an hour."

No word on whether Hahn gave up the entire link, so we could all get it figured out so well.

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Update No. 24: 6:06 p.m. EDT

As leader Danny Lee pars again at No. 13, let's check in on the players in the field this week who are in the top 20 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings:

  • 5. Matt Kuchar: T-72 after a 2-over 73
  • 8. Justin Rose: T-26, even after a 71
  • 11. Webb Simpson: T-49 after a 1-over 72
  • 13. Harris English: T-49 after a 1-over 72
  • 15. Jim Furyk: T-26, even after a 71
  • 18. Jordan Spieth: T-26, even after a 71
  • 20. Jason Dufner: T-49, 1 over through 17

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Update No. 23: 5:43 p.m. EDT

Leader Danny Lee makes par at the 11th and 12th to remain a shot ahead of a T-2 foursome. Lee made a recent change in his putting grip, our Adam Schupak points out:

@GolfweekSchupak: "Danny Lee is (-4) bogeyfree thru 10 & leading @ValsparChamp. Switched to the claw for the first time last week. I'd say it's working."

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Update No. 22: 5:12 p.m. EDT

Danny Lee is riding a hot hand, birdieing No. 1 after making the turn to take the lead outright at 4 under. Lee finished second last week at the Puerto Rico Open. Nicolas Colsaerts, Matt Every, John Merrick and Pat Perez are T-2 a shot back.

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Update No. 21: 4:53 p.m. EDT

Back-to-back bogeys drop Ben Curtis while a double bogey pulls Darren Clarke from the lead group, the remainder of which remains intact. Reigning PGA Championship victor Jason Dufner, meanwhile, climbs to even par with a birdie at No. 11 and he follows with two pars.

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Update No. 20: 4:18 p.m. EDT

The wind remains, even as the tie atop the leaderboard swells to six: Darren Clarke, Nicolas Colsaerts, Ben Curtis, Matt Every, Danny Lee and John Merrick are all at 3 under. Aside from Every, who is in the clubhouse, Lee has gotten there in six holes and Colsaerts in 12, with the rest through 10.

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Update No. 19: 4:11 p.m. EDT

Birdies from Nicolas Colsaerts at No. 11 and Danny Lee at No. 15 (playing his first nine) pull them into a tie for the lead with Matt Every at 3 under. Lee finished second at last week's Puerto Rico Open, while Colsaerts is looking for his first top-10 of the Tour season.

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Update No. 18: 3:56 p.m. EDT

How to rebound from a double bogey? Three straight birdies is one way. That's how Webb Simpson got to 1 under before the turn, where he remains after a par at No. 10. He's got quite a bond with caddie Paul Tesori, who has spent much of this season off the bag and focusing on family after the birth of his son Isaiah – check out this must-read from senior writer Jim McCabe on how the Tour community has rallied for the Tesoris' cause.

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Update No. 17: 3:42 p.m. EDT

Matt Every still holds the outright lead, but the crowd that's one shot behind him is growing big-time. Eight players on the course are 2 under, plus Robert Garrigus and Michael Putnam from the morning rounds.

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Update No. 16: 3:03 p.m. EDT

The T-2 group at 2 under has grown to include Ben Curtis and Bill Haas, who join Robert Garrigus, Michael Putnam, John Senden and Scott Stallings a shot back of leader Matt Every. Garrigus and Putnam are in the clubhouse on that mark, while none of the other four have made the turn yet.

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Update No. 15: 2:41 p.m. EDT

Reigning U.S. Open champion Justin Rose opens bogey-birdie-bogey and is 1 over through four holes, while Matt Kuchar is on the same mark through five holes with a bogey at the fourth and four pars. John Senden opens with two pars to climb quickly to T-2 alongside Robert Garrigus, Michael Putnam and Scott Stallings; Senden is chasing his second top-five finish of the season.

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Update No. 14: 2:29 p.m. EDT

Leader Matt Every closes with a par for the first 68 of the day, a shot ahead of three challengers and two ahead of a pack of 14 players.

Michael Putnam, who has held at least a share of the early lead much of today, finishes bogey-par-par for a 69 that has him T-2 with Robert Garrigus, who finished a little while ago, and Scott Stallings, who is through five holes.

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Update No. 13: 2:16 p.m. EDT

Matt Every's third straight birdie comes at No. 8 and lifts him into the lead outright at 3 under with one to play.

Robert Garrigus signs for the first sub-70 round of the day, finishing with four straight pars for a 69 that sends him to the clubhouse T-2 with Michael Putnam, who's still on the course at 2 under.

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Update No. 12: 2:02 p.m. EDT

Central Floridian Matt Every climbs into a share of the lead with back-to-back birdies at Nos. 6-7 lifting him to 2 under alongside Robert Garrigus and Michael Putnam. The University of Florida product is looking for his fourth top-10 of the wraparound 2013-14 season.

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Update No. 11: 1:51 p.m. EDT

Michael Putnam's first bogey of the day comes at the par-4 16th, dropping him to 2 under and pulling Robert Garrigus into a share of the lead.

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Update No. 10: 1:39 p.m. EDT

With two birdies in three holes at Nos. 14 and 16, Ben Crane jumps to T-2 at 2 under. The University of Oregon product is looking for his second top 10 of the season (T-9 at Humana Challenge).

Rory Sabbatini joins Kevin Na at 1 under in the clubhouse, a birdie-par finish getting him to 70. The University of Arizona product is looking for his second top-three finish of the season (OHL Classic at Mayakoba).

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Update No. 9: 1:29 p.m. EDT

Jordan Spieth finishes his day at even par, digging out of a hole he created with bogeys at Nos. 12, 15, 16 and 18 by following with birdies at Nos. 1, 2, 5 and 7. His 71 has him T-14 as things stand, with afternoon groups getting their day going.

Kevin Na is the first player to finish his day under par, signing for a 70 with 17 pars and a birdie at No. 3. The South Korean is looking for his third top-five finish of the season. Na certainly has tenacity, as he showed at last year's Masters in making the cut despite his doctor's advice that he should instead get physical therapy for a back injury.

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Update No. 8: 1:14 p.m. EDT

Robert Garrigus gets back to 2 under with a birdie at No. 5 that gives him two birdies against a bogey on each nine today, with four holes to play. He's a shot back of leader Michael Putnam, who has five to play.

Luke Donald's second nine consisted of eight pars and a double bogey at No. 6, as he signs for a even-par 71.

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Update No. 7: 12:50 p.m. EDT

Back-to-back bogeys by Aaron Baddeley and a bogey from Robert Garrigus give leader Michael Putnam a two-shot margin at 3 under. Putnam's two wins on the Web.com Tour last season earned him player-of-the-year honors.

Just five players remain under par as the wind is taking a toll.

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Update No. 6: 12:24 p.m. EDT

Is there a Puerto Rico jinx at work here? Last week's winner, Chesson Hadley, is 3 over while third-place Ben Martin is 5 over and T-4 Jason Gore is 3 over. Maybe those in the afternoon rounds, such as Danny Lee and David Toms, can break through.

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Update No. 5: 11:51 a.m. EDT

The number of players under par has dwindled to eight, with Michael Putnam leading at 3 under, a shot ahead of Aaron Baddeley and Luke Donald. The five players at 1 under? Eric Axley, Robert Garrigus, Retief Goosen, Kevin Na and Gary Woodland. Winds are at the top end of what had been forecast, at 20 mph or a little more.

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Update No. 4: 11:11 a.m. EDT

Several notables are over par in the early going, including defending champion Kevin Streelman – who is 1 over, as are Graham DeLaet, Justin Leonard and Davis Love III. A birdie at No. 1 is Jordan Spieth's first since No. 11 and has Jordan Spieth at 2 over, with Charlie Beljan also on that mark as back-to-back birdies have cut into his difficult start.

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Update No. 3: 10:58 a.m. EDT

Michael Putnam takes the lead outright with a birdie at No. 5 to move to 3 under, his first birdie since opening with two in a row.

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Update No. 2: 10:38 a.m. EDT

As he makes the turn at No. 18, Luke Donald gets a birdie – his third in four holes – to rise into a tie for the lead at 2 under alongside Michael Putnam – and Robert Garrigus, who birdies No. 5. Rory Sabbatini bogeys No. 7 and drops into an eight-way T-4 at 1 under.

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Update No. 1: 10:23 a.m. EDT

Jordan Spieth birdied his second hole of the day, but he immediately followed with a bogey and things have gone downhill from there. After bogeying No. 15, Spieth hit his tee shot in the water on No. 16 and bogeyed from there to slip to 2 over.

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Early risers

Nobody's really going low, at least not yet. Rory Sabbatini and Michael Putnam are 2 under through six and three holes respectively. Harris English, at No. 5 the player with the most FedExCup points in the field, is among 12 players at 1 under.

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Slow starters

Charlie Beljan triple-bogeyed the opening hole and is 4 over through four holes. Last week's winner of the Puerto Rico Open, Chesson Hadley, is among five players who are 3 over.

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Weather conditions

Sunny skies are expected today, but expect to see a few vests and windshirts as the temperatures should be cool – possibly below 50 to start the round, according to weather.com, with a high of 65. Winds could be moderate, 10-20 mph.

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Preview coverage

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