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Valspar Championship betting tips & predictionsValspar Championship betting tips & predictions – the Valspar Championship is played annually on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Florida.

The tournament was founded in 2000 as the Tampa Bay Classic. From 2003 to 2006, the event had a slot in the schedule as the last full-field event before the Tour Championship. Since 2007 the event has been played in March.

The topography of the Copperhead Golf Course in unlike what one would expect from Florida golf. The layout is defined by the rolling terrain, with many uphill and downhill tee shots, elevation changes and tree-lined fairways. At more than 7,300 yards from the back tees, it is also known for being a lengthy challenge. The golf course utilizes the natural water hazards of lakes and ponds that are scattered throughout the property.

Copperhead boasts the usual serving of four Par 5s but unusally for a Par 71 it has five Par 3s, three of which are found on the back nine. The final three-hole stretch of the Copperhead Course is known as the ‘The Snake Pit‘ and is one of the toughest finishes at a non-major. It is a 1,120-yard collection of hazards stretched over three holes. The 2011 Champion, Gary Woodland best sums up the ‘Snake Pit’ –

“There is not a birdie hole the last three holes. If you’re two back and have signed your scorecard and the leaders are still out there, you’re definitely hanging around to see what happens.”

Copperhead is a complete test of golf and those with aspirations of winning will have to drive accurately, hit a high percentage of greens in regulation and putt well. An ability to play in blustery conditions is essential.

The Copperhead Course is a venue that usually suits the accurate type. One look at the past champions will tell that it is a ball-strikers course.

Last year, Paul Casey carded a final round -6 (65) to finish on -10 (274) one stroke clear of Patrick Reed and Tiger Woods. It was the Englishman’s second PGA Tour victory having won the Shell Houston Open back in 2009.

“I’ve won a few times in Europe, but to take this long to get my second victory on the PGA Tour, it’s emotional. I’ve worked so hard, I’m so happy for it”

– Paul Casey

Tee-to-green is what laid the foundation for his victory. Three quarters of his overall strokes gained came from Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green (9.394). Casey finished the week T68 for Driving Accuracy, 17th for Driving Distance, T30 for GIR and 15th in Strokes Gained Putting.

In 2017, Adam Hadwin survived a late scare to claim his first PGA Tour title. He threw away a two shot lead on the 16th hole hitting his tee shot into the water. However, he kept his nerve to close with two pars for an even par 71 to narrowly edge out Patrick Cantlay.

The Canadian’s iron play laid the foundation for his victory, gaining a total of 8.196 strokes on the field average from approach shots. This was duly complimented by the flat-stick gaining another 6.881 strokes on the field average over the four rounds. He finished the week T27 for Driving Accuracy, 37th for Driving Distance, T5 for GIR and 4th in Strokes Gained Putting.

In 2016, Charl Swartzel won the Valspar Championship in a playoff with Bill Haas. It was his first win on Tour since winning the Green Jacket in 2011. He carded a final round 67 which was 5.2 strokes better than the field average.

The South African won on the strength of his approach shots which accounted for 61 percent of his total gain on the field. Schwartzel finished the week T29 for Driving Distance, T65 for Driving Accuracy, T10 for Greens in Regulation and T12 for Strokes Gained Putting.

In 2015, Jordan Spieth, sank a 28-foot putt for birdie on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff with Patrick Reed and Sean O’Hair to claim his second PGA Tour title.

Valspar Championship Betting Tips 2019

Patrick reed golf betting tipsPatrick Reed 22/1 (E/W) – has 3 x Top 10’s in his last 4 starts around the Copperhead Course including a T2 last year. Has 6 x Top 25’s from 8 starts this season, solid but mediocre by his standards. Shot 69 in the first three rounds of the PLAYERS, squaring only 4 bogeys before a final +6 (78) derailed any chance of a Top 10 (or better) finish. Places just outside the Top 30 (34th) in this week’s Stats Analysis, he is 29th on Tour for SG: Putting and 18th for SG: Around-The-Green. Last week’s first 3 rounds at Sawgrass are enough to suggest his game is on an upswing. Perfect week for the Texan to get a confidence boost before a trip down Magnolia Lane.
Lucas Glover golf betting tipsLucas Glover 40/1 (E/W) – sticking with Glover again this week. A regualr visitor to the Copperhead Course his best finish in the recent past is a T17 in 2017. Last week’s MC at Sawgrass is only one of two blemishes in an otherwise excellent season with includes 4 x Top 10’s among 8 x Top 25’s. Places inside the Top 30 in this week’s Stats Analysis, he is also 9th on Tour for Scoring Average, 7th for GIR and 1st for Bogey Avoidance. The benefit of the MC at the PLAYERS is a couple of extra days rest. If his putter warms he could be in the mix come Sunday. Good each way value.