Valspar Championship 2017 Betting Preview

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Graham DeLaet (ew)Tournament Winner45/1Bet365, BetVictor
Charles Howell (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Paddy Power
Charl Schwartzel (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Stan James

Venue

The Florida Swing continues with the Valspar Championship 2017, which once again is held at the Copperhead Course at the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor. Thick rough and slick greens provide the challenges on a course which does not feature the water hazards which are prominent at many Florida venues. At 7,340 yards it’s on the lengthy side for a par 71, so distance off the tee is an advantage, although keeping the ball out of the long grass is equally important. The course is also noted for a challenging closing three-hole stretch, known as the “Snake Pit”. Jordan Spieth won the first of his five PGA Tour titles of 2015 here, before South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel saw off Bill Haas in a play-off to land the title 12 months ago. John Senden, Kevin Streelman and Luke Donald are among the other former champions.

Favourites

Justin Thomas continued his magnificent run of form in Mexico last week and the FedEx Cup leader, who has finished 18th and 10th in the last two editions of this tournament, is the 11/1 favourite with Bet365. Henrik Stenson is another man with a good track record here and the Swede is at 12/1 with BetVictor, with the rest of the field available at odds of 28/1 or greater as a number of the leading players take a break. Matt Kuchar, who was 20th in Mexico, is third in the market, just ahead of Daniel Berger who is available at best odds of 30/1 with Bet365 and BetVictor.

Tips

Graham-DeLaetIt has been a while since GRAHAM DELAET has been particularly competitive but the Canadian has been playing well in recent weeks, finishing 9-17-10 to jump up 75 places in the world rankings. He wasn’t involved in Mexico last week, but he returns to action in Florida looking to build on an impressive run of performances at Innisbrook, where he has finished 17th, eighth and fifth on his last three appearances. Bet365 and BetVictor are both offering 45/1.

charles_howellCHARLES HOWELL‘s 52nd place at the Honda Classic a fortnight ago was the first time he has been outside the top 15 in his last eight starts, so bet on him to get back on track here at an event which has been kind to him in recent years – he has been 14th, 10th and fifth at the last three editions. He’s 28/1 with BetVictor, but several firms have gone out at 40s – including Paddy Power who are offering 7 places for each-way bets on this tournament.

Charl-SchwartzelCHARL SCHWARTZEL hasn’t made the strongest of starts to 2017 with two missed cuts followed by an average performance (T38) in Mexico, but the South African is a serial winner with 12 victories to his name worldwide and should probably be shorter than the 50/1 on offer from Stan James as he seeks to defend here. Look just a little further back, and he has four top 10s to his name from his last nine starts – which include top fives at the last two events of 2016.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Graham DeLaet (ew)Tournament Winner45/1Bet365, BetVictor
Charles Howell (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Paddy Power
Charl Schwartzel (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Stan James