Davis leads at Valspar Championship

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Brian Davis of England secured a one-shot lead heading into the second round of the Valspar Championship in Florida.

Davis chipped in on his final hole to go one shot clear of Americans Sean O’Hair and Ricky Barnes.

The Englishman recorded eight birdies and two bogeys in an opening 65 to sit six under.

He started his day with birdies on the 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th and 18th to turn in 30 and two further birdies on five and six had him out in the lead on his own.

Bogeys on the seventh and eighth followed to but a wedge from the greenside rough at nine saw him take top spot.

“I actually hit a really good tee shot and a really good second shot, I was surprised to see it there,” he told Sky Sports.

“Obviously it’s into the green so I can be aggressive but it actually jumps out a bit quicker than I thought and obviously delighted it hit the pin and dropped in.”

Meanwhile O’Hair had eight birdies and three bogeys in his 66 while Barnes recorded a single dropped shot on 17 to slip into a share of second.

There was then a group of six players on four under made up of Justin Thomas, Derek Ernst, Nicholas Thompson, Brendon de Jonge, Alex Cejka and Henrik Stenson.

World number three Stenson is the highest ranked player in the field with Rory McIlroy and Bubba Watson not present and his 67 was bogey free.

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