Several of the games elite players are taking a week off following the PLAYERS this past weekend where Rory McIlroy captured his first 2019 win. But the Valspar Championship will still have the No. One ranked golfer in the world, Dustin Johnson, and several others in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) top-25! Johnson continues his ride at the top as No. 1 and he enters the Valspar Championship as the clear favorite.

Johnson comes into the Valspar Championship at +600 following a tournament where he fell behind McIlroy and second place finisher Jim Furyk finishing T5 at the PLAYERS. Johnson shot two-under on the final day but McIlroy went two-under on Sunday finishing -16 overall. Johnson went -13 overall at the PLAYERS which makes him the favorite according to oddsmakers at Intertops.


Golf Glance: Valspar Championship


McIlroy is sitting out this week but last weeks second place finisher, Furyk, is well below Johnson at +3300. John Rahm and Jason Day are both at +1000 following the PLAYERS where Rahm finished 11-under and T12 while Day was slightly better at 8-under finishing T8. Here are the top-ten favorites entering Thursday play through +4000.

 

Dustin Johnson+600
Jon Rahm+1000
Jason Day+1000
Sergio Garcia+1600
Webb Simpson+1800
Patrick Reed+2200
Paul Casey+2200
Gary Woodland+2200
Jim Furyk+3300
Henrik Stenson+4000
Louis Oosthuizen+4000
Keegan Bradley+4000

 

Even though Sergio Garcia got bogged down slightly last week he’s shown marked improvement on his game which seemed to be suffering several weeks ago. Garcia went 5-under on the final day at the PLAYERS showing that he’s more than capable of carding great scores. His +1600 for the Valspar may be a sign that oddsmakers like his current level of play especially when it comes to a venue like Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Florida. More on Copperhead below.

Factoring OWGR stats and Past Valspar Wins.

Even though names like McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Tommy Fleetwood, Phil Mickelson, and Rickie Fowler are absent from the entry list for the Valspar Championship there are plenty of power players in the field. In fact, the field this year seems stronger than most Valspar events. Seven of the favored players listed above are ranked in the top-25.

 

No. 1Dustin Johnson 
No. 10Jon Rahm
No. 12Jason Day
No. 15Paul Casey
No. 16Patrick Reed
No. 20Webb Simpson
No. 23Gary Woodland

 

Garcia enters the event ranked No. 26 according to the OWGR and Louis Oosthuizen coming in at No. 27. But what is interesting is only two of the favored players to win the Valspar outright have won this event in the past. A quick look at past winners makes this a tough choice for those who factor past wins into their picks.

Paul Casey is the defending Champion as he went 10-under for the win in 2018 while Reed finished T2 last year with Tiger Woods - who is not playing. Reed has finished in second place at the Valspar twice. The other former Champion is Gary Woodland who won the event almost a decade ago in 2011.

Copperhead Course by the Numbers

The Copperhead Course at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club is one of three courses designed by Larry Packard on the property. The course is gently rolling with pine tree-lined fairways featuring plenty of water hazards which is typical for Florida style courses. The course plays long, has only a few open fairways, several doglegs, tons of water and funnel-like bunkers making it the 6th toughest course on the PGA Tour Schedule.

Consistently off the tee for all four rounds is a must! Packard used the natural flow of the land, just outside of Tampa, to create a tough venue that at first look seems rather standard. Fairways tighten and narrow with the use of thick groups of pine trees. Where there are open areas Packard makes use of stand-alone trees and water hazards. Bunkers are rimmed with sloping rises that will swallow errant shots.



All these features come together at the end with three holes nicknamed the “Snake Pit” complete with individual snake names and a statue! No. 16 is the “Moccasin” and is a 460-yard par four with an elevated green. The fairway is tight with water along the right and trees to the left with several bunkers along the green. No. 17, the “Rattler,” is a tough par 3 with a tight fairway leading to large green protected by bunkers. No. 18 is the “Copperhead” which is a long par-4 lined with bunkers, trees, and fans! The upward final shot is aimed at a front and back sloping green. Sticking the green is the only way to finish.

Founded: 1974, Modern Course 2000
Designer: Larry Packard
Yardage: 7,340
Par: 71
Rating: 76.8
Slope: 144
Greens: Bermuda
Fairways: Bermuda

TV Coverage for 2019 Valspar Championship

•    Thursday: 2:00-7:00 pm ET - Golf Channel
•    Friday: 2:00-7:00 pm ET - Golf Channel
•    Saturday: 2:00-7:00 pm ET - NBC
•    Sunday: 1:00-3:00 pm ET – Golf Channel
•    Sunday: 3:00-7:00 pm ET – NBC
•    Featured groups and holes streaming via PGA Tour Live.

Remaining odds for 2019 Valspar Championship

Odds for the remaining players not listed above.

 

Lucas Glover+4000
Rafael Cabrera Bello+4000
Kevin Kisner+4000
Jason Kokrak+5000
Ryan Moore+5000
Tyrrell Hatton+5000
Bubba Watson+5000
Brandt Snedeker+5000
Charl Schwartzel+6000
Russell Knox+6000
Adam Hadwin+6000
Sungjae Im+6600
Branden Grace+6600
Zach Johnson+8000
Ollie Schniederjans+8000
Russell Henley+8000
Kevin Na+8000
JT Poston+8000
Michael Thompson+10000
Chez Reavie+10000
Chesson Hadley+10000
Sung Kang+10000
Roger Sloan+12500
Chris Kirk+12500
Brian Harman+12500
Trey Mullinax+12500
Steve Stricker+12500
Nick Taylor+12500
Bud Cauley+12500
Graeme McDowell+12500
Beau Hossler+12500
Joaquin Niemann+12500
Kevin Streelman+12500
Joel Dahmen+12500
Matt Jones+15000
Nick Watney+15000
Rory Sabbatini+15000
Dylan Frittelli+15000
Charley Hoffman+15000
Patrick Rodgers+15000
Denny McCarthy+15000
Danny Willett+15000
C T Pan+15000
Kyoung-Hoon Lee+15000
Austin Cook+15000
Danny Lee+15000
Wyndham Clark+15000
Sam Ryder+15000
Bill Haas+15000
Adam Schenk+15000
Brian Gay+15000
Sam Burns+15000
Roberto Castro+15000
Jason Dufner+20000
Sebastian Munoz+20000
Max Homa+20000
Cameron Tringale+20000
Kramer Hickok+20000
Harold Varner+20000
Scott Brown+20000
Jonas Blixt+20000
Patton Kizzire+20000
Harris English+20000
Brendan Steele+20000
Scott Stallings+20000
Sean O'Hair+20000
Carlos Ortiz+20000
Stewart Cink+20000
Kelly Kraft+20000
Chris Stroud+20000
Scott Langley+20000
Luke Donald+20000
Kevin Tway+20000
Julian Etulain+20000
Hudson Swafford+20000
Cameron Davis+20000
Ryan Armour+20000
Vaughn Taylor+20000
JJ Spaun+20000
Martin Trainer+25000
Tom Hoge+25000
Andrew Landry+25000
Anirban Lahiri+25000
Ryan Blaum+25000
Brian Stuard+25000
Richy Werenski+25000
Sam Saunders+25000
Sepp Straka+25000
Peter Uihlein+25000
Peter Malnati+25000
Brice Garnett+25000
Hunter Mahan+25000
John Huh+30000
K J Choi+30000
Fredrik Jacobson+30000
Seamus Power+30000

 

 

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