Stenson posts 64 at Valspar after WD in Mexico

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Henrik Stenson had a far better opening round Thursday at the Valspar Championship than he did last week at the WGC-Mexico.

Stenson withdrew after just 11 holes due to a stomach virus in Mexico, while Thursday he posted a 7-under 64 at Innisbrook Resort.

"I wasn't feeling too bouncy early in the week," Stenson told "Even went back, during the fog delay, and had a sleep in the clubhouse for half hour, but once I got on the golf course I was fine."

The Swede made seven birdies - and no bogeys - in Thursday's round, and needed just 26 putts on the day.

"I'm very happy with the way I putted, I think the short game was tidy," he said.

Stats Round 1
Score -7
Total 64
Birdies 7
Pars 11
Bogeys 0
Fairways 12/13
Greens 14/18
Putts per GIR 1.571

The world No. 6 player has had success in his two previous appearances at the Valspar Championship - finishing fourth and tied for eleventh - and enjoys the Copperhead Course setup.

"It's been kind of the same game plan since I first came here. It's a lot of positioning off the tee, a lot of mid-irons into the greens, which suits me when I'm hitting it nicely," Stenson said.

He trails Jim Herman by two shots, after the American carded a 9-under 62.

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