The Valspar Championship | Thursday 12 March - Sunday 15 March | Innisbrook Golf Resort
This week all eyes will be on Innisbrook Golf Resort for the Valspar Championship. After a tough few weeks on the Tour things won’t be getting any easier this time around as Copperhead is one of the more difficult tracks around. Last year the winner, John Senden, played almost flawless golf and showed there is no substitute for consistency. He hit more greens than most and managed to capitalise on that with some great putting. Although he missed more fairways than he’d have liked to, he proved that it’s possible to save shots by playing smart golf and that course management is key. With that in mind it seems obvious that experience here will be of importance as knowing how to save shots could be the difference between winning and losing. With the quality of field this has attracted though there’s little room for error and the ability to keep a cool head when the best in the game are hot on your heels will be vital. Overall this looks like it’s going to be one to keep a close eye on. Let’s see if we can find a winner.
To Win Outright
Adam Scott 12/1
Jordan Spieth 14/1
Henrik Stenson 16/1
Patrick Reed 22/1
Jim Furyk 22/1
John Senden (66/1 a win, 14/1 a place)
Defending champion John Senden showed the rest of the field how to play this course last year on his way to his first victory in years and he’ll arrive here confident and ready to defend his title. He’s always played well here so will be ready to put his last few starts behind him and focus on the future and if he strikes the ball as well as he did in 2014, that 66/1 will shorten quickly. It’s a bit of a gamble but the long odds make it worth it. Each way looks the way to go.
Kevin Na (55/1 a win, 12/1 a place)
Kevin Na will arrive here with thoughts of what could have been last time around when he was narrowly edged out by John Senden. Had it not been for a spectacular putt by the winner on the sixteenth, Kevin Na could have gone one better but it was not to be. He did look to be in great form last week though and was hitting the ball well on his way to a Top 10 finish on a difficult course. With his current and course form, Na look a great bet at inflated odds.
Adam Scott (12/1 a win, 26/10 a place)
Moving away from the bigger prices and onto the favourites, it’s tough to ignore Adam Scott this week on a course that should suit his game to a tee. He finished fourth at the WGC Cadillac Open and showed that he’s not having a problem transitioning to the standard putter. With that in the bag he possesses the all round game to capitalise here and will be one to keep an eye on. Places can be ignored; I’m going all out and backing the Australian to win.
Patrick Reed (22/1 a win, 48/10 a place)
Patrick Reed already has a win under his belt this season and will be eager to add a second soon. He looked almost ready in the Honda where he finished a solid seventh and this week he could easily go one better. He’s proved time and time again that when push comes to shove he has the level head required to succeed at the highest level and with his ability to play on tough courses he has a real chance this week. Each way looks the bet of the week, get on.