Valspar Championship Betting Tips – 8th March 2018
It’s just a few short weeks away before the best players on the planet descend on Augusta National but before they do, many of them will be competing at this week’s Valspar Championship.
Held at the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbour, Florida, the Valspar is viewed as one of the key warm up events for the Masters.
Primarily, that’s because the Copperhead Course provides one of the fairest and yet sternest tests of any layout on the PGA Tour.
With some pretty nasty weather conditions in the forecast, a truly world class field and a course that includes a closing three-hole stretch that’s so tough it’s known as the ‘Snake Pit’, we could be treated to a tournament conclusion that’s every bit as dramatic as at the WGC Mexico on Sunday.
Spieth a Worthy Favourite Ahead of Masters Challenge
Jordan Spieth knows better than anybody how important warming up for the Masters by competing at the Valspar Championship can be.
The world number four won at Innisbrook just weeks before his maiden major championship win in 2015 and he’s back for another tilt at the title.
Spieth has shown that he has the game to compete at pretty much any golf course in the world but there’s no doubt that his game is especially well suited to the Copperhead Course.
His short game and long range putting are good enough for him to avoid bogeys even when having an awful day off the tee while the quality of his approach play remains underrated. He also has great experience playing in the wind.
Spieth’s recent form has been highly encouraging and he can signal the start of a potentially lucrative run by winning the Valspar Championship at 9/1 with Betfred.
Outsiders Worth Chancing Each-Way
Spieth looks strong at the head of the market but there are several tempting options a little lower down in the betting for those looking for some each-way bets.
Ryan Moore has an excellent recent record at Innisbrook with finishes of 18-3-5 in his last three starts. The American is a top quality ball striker who can utilise his iron play to contend at 40/1 with 888Sport.
Bill Haas will be making an emotional return to the PGA Tour following a car accident in which he was the passenger and the driver, his good friend Mark Gibello, was killed.
Haas has taken a few weeks off and may relish the chance to return to what he does best. He’s played well at the Copperhead Course before and looks big at 70/1 with Paddy Power.
Finally, have a small stakes bet on Luke Donald at 200/1 with Unibet. Despite some very disappointing performances, Donald feels his best isn’t too far away and this former tournament winner could just spring a surprise.