RATED one of the toughest par 71s on the PGA Tour the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club hosts the Valspar Championship this week.
Defending champion Jordan Spieth returns to the Copperhead Course hoping to get some sort of form back which has deserted him since he won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in early January. Apart from the fact he is such a short-priced favourite I think he will fall short so I wont be picking him.
Justin Thomas won the CIMB Classic in November but had a pretty poor 2016 up until a T3 in the Honda Classic at the end of February. His driving average is 302 (27th) so the 7200-yard course will suit the young Kentuckian. His driving accuracy stands at 57.48% and GIR at 70.37%, with putts per round of 29.25. Think he will be around at the finish.
Danny Willett has certainly hit the ground running this year with a win in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in February and a fourth in the Nedbank in South Africa. His T3 in the WGC Cadillac was a superb effort and was unlucky not to beat Australian Adam Scott. His stats on the PGA Tour all hold up with driving distance averaging nearly 292 yards, driving accuracy of just under 59%, GIR of 75.69% and an impressive strokes gained:putting 1.82.
This season for Henrik Stenson has been a tale of two Tours. He’s had three top-six finishes from four on the European Tour and had one top 25 from three starts on the PGA Tour. On his first outing here last year Stenson finished a solo fourth and can certainly improve on that. His stats on the PGA Tour are slightly worse than in Europe so if he can improve them he will be up there.
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Valspar Championship Tips
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