Danny Lee missed two disappointing weeks on the PGA Tour to stay one goal behind the lead at the Valspar Championships in Florida.
Lee shot seven birds with a single flaw to give a six under 65 in his first round at Copperhead Stadium in Innisbrook.
Lee, who started from the back nine, caught fire early and opened his round with three straight birdies.
He was left to be called from a green jersey all day, except for one bobble on the 17th, to sit in a four-way tie for the fifth, one shot behind the four leaders in the bottom seven.
The 31-year-old said he was happy with the first round and his course after a strong first day.
“I always like this place,” Lee said. “Tee to green fits my eye very well and I obviously hit it off very well today. I wish I could play like that every day.”
Lee was one of many players to leave the Players’ Championship last week after being caught on the wrong side of the weather leading to a five-day tournament to get into 72 holes.
He found relief from the rugged, fast-paced Bay Hill conditions to the muddy lawn in Sawgrass last week that presented almost any type of weather for five days except snow.
“It’s nice to play again under normal circumstances. The last two weeks have been brutally difficult both mentally and physically,” Lee said. “Today was actually a bit easier than the previous two weeks. So that kind of helped, I guess.”
Jhonattan Vegas, Sam Burns, Adam Haldwin and David Lipsky share the lead in the seven-under.
Danny Lee is back in battle after “violent hard” weeks
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