Valspar Championship Preview
What a week it was at the WGC Mexico Championship, Phil Mickelson returned to the winners’ circle after a four-year absence, although he was pushed all the way by the in-form player in the world, Justin Thomas. There was also an emergence of an Indian golfer, who Phil mistook for a journalist, Shubhankar Sharma, playing in his first WGC and PGA Tour event; he was leader after 36 and 54 holes. He ran out of steam on Sunday, but did enough to get an invite to the first major of the year at Augusta.
This week the tour heads to Innisbrook Resort for the Valspar Championship. Tiger Woods and Rory Mcilroy headline a strong field, as the best players in the world start to fine-tune their preparations for The Masters.
With the first Major on the horizon, players like Henrik Stenson, Rory McIlroy and 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott will all want to have good weeks to boost their preparations.
Home of the ‘Snake Pit”, The Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort is renowned for its narrow fairways and undulating greens. It is not a course that you can overpower, like we tend to see every other week on the PGA Tour, it is a plotters golf course, where there is a premium on hitting the correct angles off the tee and into the green. A good player/caddie relationship will also be paramount this week, so don’t be surprised by players like Henrik Stenson, supported by his caddie Gareth Lord being at the top of the leader board.
Tips For The Week
Adam Scott: The former Masters Champion, has fallen out of the worlds top 50 players, but he is a class act and will be looking to get back to the summit of the rankings.
Henrik Stenson: The Ice Man, is one of the finest golfers in the world. His ball striking is sublime and having one of the best caddies in the world in Gareth Lord with him on the bag, we expect a good week from Henrik.
Tony Finau: One of the longest players in the world off the tee, that will always be an advantage, he might have to club down off the tee, but will still be in the right positions on the course to attach the greens.
Paul Casey: “Mr Thursday”, seems to have found out how to play on a Sunday on the PGA tour, recording his lowest round of the week on Sunday at the WGC Mexico Championship. Will it be this week that he adds to his only PGA tour win?