Jim Herman Leads Valspar Championship After Opening-Round 62

Jim Herman is the first round leader of the Valspar Championship after shooting a bogey-free 62 at Innisbrook’s Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor, Florida.

 
The 39 year-old Herman is at 9-under par, following an impressive opening round, which included 9 birdies. Playing in a morning group with Billy Horschel and Ben Martin – who both struggled to +4, Herman ripped off 5 birdies over his first 7 holes, and 9 through 14, before cruising to even-par down the stretch.

Despite his sizzling round, Herman finds himself only 2 strokes up on Henrik Stenson and Russell Henley, heading into Friday’s round two. Both Stenson and Henley shot 7-under 64s, and are tied for second place.

Top 10

1 Jim Herman -9
T2 Henrik Stenson, Russell Henley -7
4 James Hahn -6
5 Seamus Power -5
T6 Tony Finau, Keegan Bradley, Charles Howell III, Wesley Bryan, *Bryson DeChambeau -4
*Did not finish round. Play suspended due to darkness.

Key To Success

When you shoot a 9-under 62 with no bogeys, you’re not going to struggle too much in any aspect. And Herman was consistently solid all around today, especially with his accuracy – which has always been his strong suit.

 
The Cincinnati alum hit over 80% of his greens and just about 70% of of his fairways. Those kind of numbers are going to produce a lot of birdie chances. And once on the green, Herman took advantage of those opportunities – draining 9 birdies, and leading the field in strokes gained putting (3.018).

Most Disappointing

Si Woo Kim seemed to be one of the break out stars of the late summer. The South Korean won the Wyndham Championship in late August and then went on an impressive run in the playoffs with a T15 at the Deutsche, a T20 at the BMW and a T10 at East Lake. For the season he finished in 17th place in the FedEx Cup race. Big things were expected for the 2017 season.

 
But after a solid T10 at the opening season CIMB Classic in Malaysia, Kim has had a nightmare of a season. In his last 10 events, he’s gone: T63, WD, CUT, T30, WD, CUT, CUT, CUT, CUT, T72.

And things didn’t get any better for Kim at the Valspar. The 21-year-old struggled to a 10-over 81 and withdrew.

Putt of the Day

Aaron Baddeley, one of the very best putters in the business, drains a 53-footer on the 14th hole. Boom!


Leaderboard

RankNameTotal Thru 
1Jim Herman-9 (62)F
2Russell Henley-7 (64)F
2Henrik Stenson-7 (64)F
4James Hahn-6 (65)F
5Seamus Power-5 (66)F
6Keegan Bradley-4 (67)F
6Tony Finau-4 (67)F
6Charles Howell III-4 (67)F
6Webb Simpson-4 (67)F
6Bryson DeChambeau-415
11Ryan Blaum-3 (68)F
11Adam Hadwin-3 (68)F
11David Hearn-3 (68)F
11Chad Collins-3 (68)F
11Hudson Swafford-3 (68)F
11Jason Kokrak-3 (68)F
11Lucas Glover-3 (68)F
11Soren Kjeldsen-3 (68)F
11Luke List-3 (68)F
11Jason Dufner-3 (68)F
11Alex Cejka-3 (68)F
11Wesley Bryan-317
11Dominic Bozzelli-314
24Kyle Stanley-2 (69)F
24Jim Furyk-2 (69)F
24Kyle Reifers-2 (69)F
24Byeong-Hun An-2 (69)F
24Morgan Hoffmann-2 (69)F
24John Huh-2 (69)F
24Keith Mitchell-2 (69)F
24Spencer Levin-2 (69)F
24Ryo Ishikawa-2 (69)F
24Stewart Cink-2 (69)F
24Matt Kuchar-2 (69)F
24Ryan Moore-2 (69)F
24Jonas Blixt-217
24Tyrone Van Aswegen-217
24Jamie Lovemark-217
39Bud Cauley-1 (70)F
39Blayne Barber-1 (70)F
39David Lingmerth-1 (70)F
39Patrick Reed-1 (70)F
39Rod Pampling-1 (70)F
39Charl Schwartzel-1 (70)F
39Brian Stuard-1 (70)F
39Tim Wilkinson-1 (70)F
39Zac Blair-1 (70)F
39Michael Kim-1 (70)F
39Patton Kizzire-1 (70)F
39Russell Knox-1 (70)F
39Nick Watney-1 (70)F
39Daniel Berger-1 (70)F
39Bill Haas-1 (70)F
39Zach Wright-115
39J.T. Poston-115
56Chad CampbellE (71)F
56Willy WilcoxE (71)F
56Steve MarinoE (71)F
56Brett StegmaierE (71)F
56Smylie KaufmanE (71)F
56Peter MalnatiE (71)F
56Brian GayE (71)F
56Luke DonaldE (71)F
56Ernie ElsE (71)F
56Billy Hurley IIIE (71)F
56Robert GarrigusE (71)F
56Patrick CantlayE (71)F
56Seung-yul NohE (71)F
56Graham DeLaetE (71)F
56Aaron BaddeleyE (71)F
56Hunter MahanE (71)F
56Justin ThomasE (71)F
56Gary WoodlandE (71)F
56Ollie SchniederjansE (71)F
56Cameron TringaleE17
56Kevin StreelmanE (71)F
56Scott StallingsE17
56Charlie DanielsonE15
56Lee McCoyE14
80Boo Weekley+1 (72)F
80Steve Wheatcroft+1 (72)F
80Derek Fathauer+1 (72)F
80Chez Reavie+1 (72)F
80John Senden+1 (72)F
80Danny Lee+1 (72)F
80J.J. Henry+1 (72)F
80Daniel Summerhays+1 (72)F
80Sean O'Hair+1 (72)F
80J.J. Spaun+1 (72)F
80Steven Bowditch+1 (72)F
80Nick Taylor+1 (72)F
80Scott Piercy+1 (72)F
80Greg Chalmers+1 (72)F
80Ian Poulter+1 (72)F
80Ricky Barnes117
80Kelly Kraft115
80Jimmy Stanger114
98K.J. Choi+2 (73)F
98Bubba Watson+2 (73)F
98Charley Hoffman+2 (73)F
98Michael Thompson+2 (73)F
98Martin Laird+2 (73)F
98Johnson Wagner+2 (73)F
98Martin Flores+2 (73)F
98C.T. Pan+2 (73)F
98Vijay Singh+2 (73)F
98George McNeill+2 (73)F
98Shawn Stefani+2 (73)F
109Cody Gribble+3 (74)F
109Chris Kirk+3 (74)F
109Beau Hossler+3 (74)F
109Ben Crane+3 (74)F
109Sung Kang+3 (74)F
109Andrew Loupe+3 (74)F
109Bryce Molder+3 (74)F
109Cameron Smith+3 (74)F
109Brian Harman317
109Jason Bohn317
109Ken Duke317
109Sam Saunders315
109Richy Werenski315
122Whee Kim+4 (75)F
122Billy Horschel+4 (75)F
122Ben Martin+4 (75)F
122Matt Every+4 (75)F
122Grayson Murray+4 (75)F
122Kevin Na+4 (75)F
122Carl Pettersson+4 (75)F
122Graeme McDowell+4 (75)F
122Steve Stricker+4 (75)F
122Mark Hubbard+4 (75)F
122Rod Perry415
133Retief Goosen+5 (76)F
133Geoff Ogilvy+5 (76)F
133Brendon Todd+5 (76)F
136Troy Merritt+6 (77)F
136Freddie Jacobson+6 (77)F
136Harris English+6 (77)F
136Harold Varner III+6 (77)F
136Robert Streb+6 (77)F
136Scott Brown617
136Patrick Rodgers616
136Trey Mullinax615
-Si Woo KimWD-

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