6th March 2018 at 11:00 pm #132392aceventurerModerator
The PGA Tour returns to US soil after a superb finish to the WGC-Mexican Championship where my selection Phil Mickelson overcame another pick Justin Thomas at the first extra hole. There was some brilliant golf on display expecially Justin’s eagle from 110 yards at his 72nd hole to give him a two shot lead. Big Phil managed to grind him down with a birdie at the 15th and 16th before winning at the first extra hole.
The Copperhead Course, Florida, is the venue for this week’s Valspar Championship and with the Masters not too far off there is a good field. Henrik Stenson returns to tournament golf after a T60 in Malaysia a month ago and joins the likes of Jordan Spieth, Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose.
Course: Copperhead Course, Innisbrook Resort, Palm Harbour, Florida: 7340 yards, Par 71
Defending champion Adam Hadwin has been playing well recently with a T6 at the Genesis Open and followed that with a T9 last week in Mexico. According to Charl Schwartzel the more experience you have on this course the better. Hadwin has played here three times the first two were forgettable, a 71 followed by a missed cut, but he more than made up for it last year when winning. Had a mixed year last year but looks on form coming into this one and will be hoping to add to his one PGA Tour.
Driving Accuracy: 64.57% (44th) GIR: 69.60% (45th) Strokes Gained: Putting: .027 (104th)
Henrik Stenson has good form at Copperhead (4-11-7) in his three appearances here. The season started off well for the Swede with a T2 at the WGC-HSBC Championship, 8th in the Abu Dhabi and a T6 in the Dubai Desert Classic before an uncharacteristic T60 at the Maybank in Malaysia. He normally comes back quickly after time away from the course and with just having a month off hopefully he hits the ground running.
Driving Accuracy: 73.70% (3rd) GIR: 73.3% (4th) Strokes Gained Putting; .667
1.50 ew Adam Hadwin (Betfred 33-1)
1.50 ew Henrik Stenson (WilliamHill 20-1)
Mythical two ball: Ryan Moore to be Brandon Grace (William Hill 4-5)
Ryan Moore has good form at Copperhead and although his form at the moment I think he is capable of beating South African Brandon Grace. He has form of 5-3-18 at the Florida course whereas Grace has struggled with two appearances(M/C-37). With two top ten finishes this season Moore is in better form and I would expect him to beat the South African.
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