GolfMonger Preview: Valspar Championship


The PGA Tour visits “The Snake Pit” this week at Innisbrook for the Valspar Championship.  What is it with Florida golf courses and nicknames for stretches of holes?

The Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club is another tough track for the field to navigate this week.  Crisp ball striking and dialed in iron play is the way to success here.  That has been the winning formula for years here.  The challenges and unforgiving misses is US Open like in some cases.  A very, very good test of golf getting us closer and closer to Augusta National and the Masters.

GolfMonger Picks:

1. Luke Donald – Luke seems to be a horse for the course.  He won in 2012 and has been Top 10 each of his last four appearances.  We have not seen or heard much from Mr. Donald over the last year or so.  We think that a T7 at PGA National and a course he knows and likes to play is just the thing to give him an early jolt in 2015.

2. Adam Scott – The Aussie made his 2015 debut at Doral last week sporting a short putter.  He looked pretty good with it too!  He finished T4 and has had four straight Top 5s in a row.  That is scary for the rest of the PGA Tour.  If Scott is comfortable already with the regular putter, then he could be on his way to winning more soon.  Like this week.

3. Jordan Spieth – We will give him another try again this week.  He has a hot putter right now.  He led the field in fewest putts last week at WGC-Cadillac.  We will say this again…it is time for this kid to win again.  He is getting close.  Three Top 10s and a win (Hero Challenge) so far in six starts this season.

Wild Card Pick: Who is a good pick at “The Snake Pit” for a WC??  We think this week it is Boo Weekley. He quietly has put a string of six Top 15s in last nine starts including a T6 last week in the Puerto Rico Open.  We all love Boo and his good ol’ boy characteristics.  The man is a fine ball striker with his irons.  Very important at Innisbrook.  It will be fun to watch him surprise most golf fans again this week.

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