The PGA Tour rolls in to Tampa Bay, Florida for the Valspar this week. Last year’s victor Jordan Spieth comes into the week slightly out of touch after an 18th place at the WGC last week. That being said, he’s got good pedigree on the course and Doral doesn’t suit him; he’ll be intent on defending the title which kick started his 2015 season.
Here are my four picks and one outsider, Spieth’s at 5/1 so I’ve left him out of the reckoning, despite the fact he’s the man to beat.
Henrik Stenson – 15/1
The big Swede missed out on a playoff by a single shot last year. Widely tipped to be the most likely challenger to Spieth, you wouldn’t be surprised if he grabs his first win of 2016 in only his third event this week. Has hardly played this year but still ground out a 28th place at Doral, could easily go all the way with the lesser competition this week.
Danny Willett – 23/1
Looking at the field in its current make up, there’s no-one who will be more confident than Danny Willett. He’s just taken the lead in the European Tour Race to Dubai, and is hot off an impressive 3rd place at Doral which could easily have been one, maybe two, places higher. The higher odds reflect his limited experience on this track, but he’s still worth a punt.
Harris English – 31/1
Widely tipped from the within the golfing world to perform well based on his recent form (two top 10s in high quality fields in his last three starts) and the fact he won a big amateur event here back in 2011. Add that to a 10th placed finish last year and young English looks a solid pick at over 30/1.
Danny Lee -60/1
Hasn’t quite got going this year after finishing the 2015 season so strongly. With a slightly weaker field this week, Lee must fancy his chances after a T7 here last year.
Jason Kokrak – 80/1
Finished T7 in 2015 and T14 a couple of seasons ago. Missed the cut at the Honda a two weeks ago but was second to only a red hot Bubba Watson at the Northern Trust the event before that. 80/1 looks bonkers.