Updated 2022 Valspar Championship Odds, Field: Justin Thomas & Viktor Hovland Are Co-Favorites
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2022 Valspar Championship Odds
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The PGA TOUR keeps on trucking this week after a memorable PLAYERS with the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club. Five of the world’s top-10 players are in this week’s field.
It’s a busy time of the year for the TOUR, with sights now firmly set on Augusta National in April. An elite field will be at the Dell Technologies Match Play next week in Austin, but there’s still a strong group of players this week outside of Tampa.
Atop the odds board are Justin Thomas and Viktor Hovland, followed by Collin Morikawa. Morikawa has established himself as one of the world’s best players over the last 18 months, right up there with the likes of Thomas. Hovland has been on a red-hot start to 2022 all around the globe and is looking for a first stateside win this year.
Joining the star American duo are fellow top-10 players Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele. Also back in the field is last year’s Valspar champion Sam Burns, who earned the first of his two wins in 2021 here last May.
Brooks Koepka is also in the field, playing his third event of the PGA TOUR’s four-tournament Florida swing.
Burns entered the final round last year tied with Keegan Bradley atop the leaderboard, and his Sunday 68 sealed the victory.
There was no Valspar in 2020, but the two years before that were dominated by Paul Casey. The Englishman won in 2018 and then again in ’19. He bested Patrick Reed and Tiger Woods by one stroke for his first win, then he held off Jason Kokrak and Louis Oosthuizen the following year.
John Senden, Jordan Spieth, Carl Schwartzel and Adam Hadwin won the four years before Casey’s first victory.
Kevin Streelman won the only version of this tournament known as the Tampa Bay Championship back in 2012, and Gary Woodland and Luke Donald won the final two editions of the Transition Championship. All three of those players are in this year’s field.
Innisbrook continues a very difficult stretch of courses in Florida during the PGA TOUR season. Four of the last six winning scores have been 10-under par or lower, with Burns’ 17-under and Hadwin’s 14-under in 2017 serving as the exceptions.
The Copperhead Course is a par-71 track that measures about 7,340 yards. Holes 15-17 are known as the “Snake Pit” and will make for great drama on Sunday if the tournament is up for grabs.
Players known for their ball striking tend to thrive at Innisbrook, something clear from Casey’s two wins. The Copperhead Course is not overly long, which means driving distance will take a back seat this week to approach and making sure players are precise off the tee.