March 26, 2023 4:18 pm

Ryan Brehm tends to make his final putt on the 18th hole for the duration of the very first round of the Valspar Championship on Thursday in Palm Harbor, Fla. Mike Carlson/Connected Press


Ryan Brehm turned a very good round into a memorable 1 Thursday, producing a hole-in-1 on the par-three 17th hole at Innisbrook for a five-below 66 that led to a 3-way share of the lead at the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Florida.

Stephan Jaeger also had a 66, although Adam Schenk joined them with the low score in the afternoon on the Copperhead course.

Jordan Spieth, back at Innisbrook for the very first time in 5 years, had a bogey-no cost round and was specifically sharp with the putter, producing birdie putts of 60 feet and 30 feet on his way to a 67. Also at 67 had been former U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover and Maverick McNealy.

Brehm’s ace came with a six-iron from 196 yards, and he closed with a par. It was his 11th time in the 60s in 43 rounds on the PGA Tour this season.

Jaeger had seven birdies in the morning, which began with temperatures cold sufficient for some players to put on beanies and additional layers. Schenk completed his round with a ten-foot par save on the par-three eighth hole, and then right after going bunker-to-bunker on the ninth, created a par putt from five feet.

Tommy Fleetwood was at 68, although the group at 69 incorporated two-time defending champion Sam Burns and Justin Thomas, at No. ten the highest-ranked player in the field.

EUROPEAN TOUR: David Ravetto and Kristian Krogh Johannessen carded five-below 67s at a windy St. Francis Hyperlinks course to share the clubhouse lead in the very first round of the SDC Championship in St. Francis Bay, South Africa.

France’s Ravetto picked up six birdies and just 1 bogey and Norway’s Johannessen had a blemish-no cost round of 5 birdies as the tournament created its debut on the tour.

They are 1 shot ahead of Scotland’s Connor Syme in third. Syme had an eventful day, beginning with 3 birdies and a bogey in his opening 4 holes. He carded seven birdies in all, but also 3 bogeys for his 68.


Planet CUP: The Women’s Planet Cup is finding an raise in prize funds of far more than 300% for this year’s tournament.

The $152 million fund for the very first 32-group tournament – covering prize funds, group preparation and payments to players’ clubs – is a big enhance from the 24-group edition in 2019, and ten instances what it was in 2015.

Some of the $110 million in pure prize funds must be devoted to paying players, FIFA president Gianni Infantino stated in Rwanda right after getting re-elected by acclamation by way of 2027.

Infantino also once more expressed his anger with broadcasters for providing also small for Television rights. He stated FIFA will not sell broadcast rights for the tournament in Australia and New Zealand at the costs at present getting supplied.


FORMULA 1: Two-time defending Formula 1 champion Max Verstappen’s arrival at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix has been delayed mainly because of a stomach bug.

The Red Bull driver posted on Twitter that illness forced him to miss his initial flight and meant he could not do his scheduled media duties. The 25-year-old Dutchman was anticipated to arrive on Thursday evening in time for the practice sessions on Friday.


INDIAN WELLS: Top-ranked Iga Swiatek breezed previous Sorana Cirstea six-two, six-three to attain the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday.

Swiatek, the defending champion, took a four- lead in the second set and converted her second match point to close it out.

“I’m delighted that I played so intense that I could begin each sets nicely,” Swiatek stated. “I’m feeling like I’m handling factors quite nicely and just playing my game.”

Subsequent up for Swiatek is No. ten seed Elena Rybakina, who outlasted Karolina Muchova 7-six (four), two-six, six-four. It will be a rematch from the Australian Open in January, when Rybakina won six-four, six-four in the quarterfinals. Rybakina became the very first lady from Kazakhstan to earn a semifinal berth at Indian Wells.


WOMEN’S Planet CUP: Swiss skier Lara Gut-Behrami won the women’s Planet Cup super-G at Soldeu, Andorra, and Mikaela Shiffrin completed 14th in her very first race considering that setting the record for most profession victories with 87.

Gut-Behrami had a close to-flawless run on the Aliga course to win the final super-G of the season and overtake Italian rival Elena Curtoni in the standings. Curtoni completed 1.23 seconds behind in 10th, a day right after she crashed in the downhill on the identical hill.

Federica Brignone completed .22 seconds behind in second location and Ragnhild Mowinckel was .47 back in third. Each required to finish ahead of Gut-Behrami to retain their likelihood of winning the super-G title.

Shiffrin has locked up the all round, giant slalom and slalom titles ahead of the final races in her strongest events. The final slalom is on Saturday and the giant slalom is Sunday.

MEN’S Planet CUP: Swiss skier Marco Odermatt won the men’s super-G at the Planet Cup Finals Soldeu, Andorra to close in on the 23-year-old record for most points in a single season.

The victory raised Odermatt’s tally to 1,942 points, leaving him 58 quick of the all-time mark set by Austrian good Hermann Maier in the 1999-2000 season.

Odermatt can break the record of two,000 points with a leading-3 finish in Saturday’s giant slalom. He has completed on the podium in all eight giant slalom races he began this season.

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