The PGA Tour stays in Florida this week for the $5.5 million Valspar Championship. Formerly the Transitions Championship, this competition has thrown up some interesting and unusual winners over recent years on the scenic Copperhead. Keep reading for our betting preview of this weekend’s event.
Redesigned Blue Monster course is a new challenge
Innisbrook’s Copperhead Course played as the most difficult par 71 in a non-major last season. It features five par 3s and four par 5s, can stretch 7,340 yards and boasts roomy greens that average 8,900 square feet.
According to the PGA Tour figures, it ranked third-most challenging in par breakers (15.21 percent) in 2013. The 16th, 17th and 18th holes, known collectively as the Snake Pit, averaged +0.637 to par as a trio last year.
Our tip from last week leads our picks again
This week’s field is nowhere near as strong as the 67 strong party who teed up at last week’s Cadillac Championship. However, there’s plenty of talent on show and our pick is a man who we tipped for WGC success last week and who, after a bright start, finished in a creditable T16.
As noted last week, Harris English is by no means a household name on this side of the pond but he has registered four top ten finishes in his last six starts. He’s won two PGA Tour events and currently stands fifth in the FedEx Cup rankings.
Most notably, English has previous success on this course having already won on The Copperhead. He won the prestigious Southern Amateur in 2011 just 2 months after winning on the Web.com tour as a UGA Senior and finished T7 in this event in 2013. He’s certainly one to watch at 15/1.
Webb Simpson had a shocker for two rounds at Doral – an 80 and a 78 – but recovered well to finish T47. He’s also a man who has enjoyed his trips to this course before, finishing no worse than T17 in his last four visits.
The 2011 runner-up looks to have a great chance and he can add to his PGA Tour win earlier this season with another victory at 23/1.
With seven top 20 finishes already this season, tournament favourite is Jordan Spieth. The 20 year old is enjoying a terrific year and finished T7 at his debut in this event in 2013. He should go well here but doesn’t offer a great deal of value at 13/1.
Outsiders to watch
George McNeill is a man in great form and arrives at the Copperhead on the back of three straight top 20 finishes. He’d made the cut at this event in each of the last three years and is a two time PGA Tour winner.
McNeill is a combined 25 under par for his last three events and has only shot one over par round in the also 12. He may need to be on top form here but his price of 70/1 reflects this.
It’s surely only a matter of time before the talented Graham DeLaet wins a PGA Tour event. He recorded five consecutive top 10 finishes earlier this season including successive second places.
The 32 year old finished T17 here last year and is 9th in the Tour’s GIR table. At 28/1 he offers excellent value.
Last year’s winner Kevin Streelman is 35/1 to retain his trophy whole two time winner KJ Choi is available at the same price
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