Golf: Valspar Championship
Venue: Innisbrook Golf Club, Florida.
Dates: Thursday 29th April – Sunday 2nd May 2021
The Valspar Championship returns on the PGA Tour for 2021, after having been absent from the calendar last year due to COVID 19. All of the biggest names in golf are once again present at one of the most picturesque venues on the PGA Tour and there is nearly $7 million available in the prize pot. With the Valspar Championship having been a flagship event on the tour for over 20 years, the list of previous winners is impressive with Jordan Spieth, Luke Donald and Paul Casey all having claimed the crown in previous seasons.
Plenty of the biggest names on the PGA Tour feature here in Florida and they will be keen to get their hands on some silverware here:-
Justin Thomas has been in fine form all season on the PGA Tour and he is sure to be a front runner in a strong field this week in Florida.
World number one Dustin Johnson hasn’t been in the best form of late, but he is still the best golfer on the planet and is always hard to beat.
American Patrick Reed strikes the ball as well as any player on the PGA Tour and he could be a good value pick in a very congested field in Florida this week.
Young Norwegian Viktor Hovland has been in superb form on the PGA Tour this season and he will be desperate to start putting some wins on the board soon.
Englishman Paul Casey is the defending champion at this event, having won the Valspar Championship in 2018 & 2019 and he can’t be discarded here.
1st Round Leader
The whole field here in Florida will believe they can get off to a strong start and if they do so they could set themselves up for the week ahead:
Mexican Abraham Ancer has been in fantastic form so far this season and his tendency to get off to fast starts could be beneficial for him this week.
2019 runner up Jason Kokrak has become a solid performer on the PGA Tour over the past few years and he will be looking to go one better at this event in 2021.
Englishman Justin Rose has been rekindling his superb form in recent weeks and with the Valspar Championship looking open this year, he could get off to a fast start.
Top Ten Finish
With so many quality players assembled here in Florida, getting into the winning enclosure could be tough but there are plenty of candidates to finish in the top 10 come Sunday afternoon:-
Canadian Corey Connors has been in scintillating form of late on the PGA Tour and he will be looking to turn all his recent promise into a top 10 finish this week.
South Korean Sungjae Im is developing into one of the most feared men on the PGA Tour and he looks excellent value to finish inside the top 10 come Sunday afternoon.
American Lucas Glover is the epitome of a seasoned pro and he should be raring to go in ideal conditions for his game in Florida this week.
BetXChange Best Bets:
Outright Winner: Justin Thomas – 11.00
1st Round Leader: Jason Kokrak – 45.00
Top Ten Finish: Sungjae Im – 3.20