Matt Every plays a shot on the 9th hole during the first round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club on March 13, 2014 in Palm Harbor, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
PALM HARBOR, Florida (AP) - Matt Every, from the University of Florida, made the best of the worst conditions Thursday and wound up in a four-way tie for the lead in the Valspar Championship.
The Copperhead course at Innisbrook is tough even in good weather. Throw in chilly temperatures and gusts over 20 mph, and it was even harder in the opening round. Pat Perez, Greg Chalmers and Danny Lee played in warmer weather in the afternoon and joined Every atop the leaderboard at 3-under 68.
Only three players broke 70 in the morning. Eight others broke 70 in the afternoon.
Among those at 69 were Matteo Manassero of Italy, Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium and Bill Haas.
Justin Rose, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 7, opened with a 71.
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