Scott and Speith lead the betting for the Valspar
Known as the Transitions Championship until 2012, the $5.9million Valspar Championship is this week’s PGA Tour stop.
After a great final day’s play at Doral last weekend the Tour stays in Florida and the field will face a difficult challenge on the tough Copperhead Course.
Keep reading for our preview of this weekend’s event.
7,340 yard course is one of the toughest on the Tour
Innisbrook’s Copperhead Course is one of the toughest courses on the Tour and features a full complement of five par 3s and four par 5s. The Larry Packard designed course saw the field average 1.433 strokes to par last year and the winner John Senden was victorious with a score of just 7 under.
With gusty winds forecast over the weekend it could pay to get off to a good start here. The field will also need to be wary of the 16th, 17th and 18th holes, known collectively as the Snake Pit, which averaged +0.637 to par as a trio in 2013.
Last week we suggested that you keep an eye on Adam Scott who returned from paternity leave to play his first tournament of 2015. Other than a third round 75 the Australian’s return was a good one and he eventually finished in a share of fourth place.
The former world number one has four consecutive top five finishes worldwide and finished T30 at this event in his last visit (2013). Scott is the 12/1 favourite.
On a tough course putting ability can be the difference between success and failure and one of the very best on the green right now is Jordan Spieth. The young American led the field in fewest putts (106) at Doral last weekend and ranked second in strokes gained.
Spieth also has a good recent record at Copperhead, finishing T20 last year and T7 in 2013. He looks good value at 15/1.
Also available at 15/1 is the world number three Henrik Stenson. While the Swede may have no prior experience of this course – it’s his first visit to the Valspar – he has been on good form in 2015 and hasn’t finished outside the top 13 in any event.
Stenson hasn’t shot an over-par round in 2015 and was in very consistent form at Doral, eventually finishing T4.
Outsiders to Watch
You have to go back to 2012 for the last time that Luke Donald won a PGA Tour event and he started 2015 by missing the cut in three consecutive events. However, as Padraig Harrington recently proved, class is permanent and it is about time that Donald made a strong bid for a title.
The 37 year old has a superb record at Copperhead and the 2012 champion has finished no worse than T6 in his last four appearances. He looked in good touch at the Honda Classic a couple of weeks ago – he finished T7 on a course where he has a terrific record – and so the world number 46 could go well this weekend at 24/1.
He may not have set the world on fire in recent years but the all-time leading money earner at the Valspar Championship is coming into the tournament on the back of a promising T8 at the recent Northern Trust Open.
Retief Goosen has earned over $2 million around the Copperhead course and won the tournament in both 2003 and 2009. He would have recorded a top 25 finish last year were it not for a final round 79 and if he can keep his head through the weekend he certainly knows his way around this course. The South African is 99/1.
If you’re looking for a great each-way chance at long odds then it may pay to follow the in-form Boo Weekley. The 41 year old is a Florida local and while the Tour was finding it tough at Doral last weekend Weekley was shooting a 68 and 69 to finish T6 at the Puerto Rico Open.
Weekley has six top 15 finishes in his last 9 starts worldwide and finished solo second at the Valspar in 2013. He certainly represents excellent each-way value at 79/1.
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