March 20th, 2019

Valspar Championship Preview:

After the drama of the Players Championship last week, where local hero McIlroy picked up the title, the PGA Tour moves to the Copperhead course for the Valspar Championship.

Copperhead will offer a real test for the players as they look to sharpen their game before Augusta.

 

Selections:

 

Webb Simpson:  18/1 EW

 

The American defended his Players title last week and put up a brave performance finishing in the top 20.

He has started 2019 well finishing 3rd in the RSM classic and in a tie for 8th at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

I see this layout playing to Webb’s strengths and with his accurate iron play, I fancy his chances of adding to his 5 PGA Tour victories.

 

Brandt Snedeker:  33/1 EW

 

Sneds has gone back to his old coach, Todd Anderson, and the response has been immediate. He looked solid from tee to green at Bayhill and continued this form into the Players.

A new putting grip seems to have allowed him to find his “pop” putting stroke he is so famed for – this makes him a dangerous player in the field as he is growing in confidence.

He finished fifth last week and his stats were very encouraging. 1st for greens in regulation, 6th for SG Tee to Green and 10th for Sg Around the Green paint an impressive picture.

His game is in good shape and he will look to add to his successful record here with a big performance on the weekend.

 

Kevin Kisner:  40/1

 

I tipped Kevin last week and he promised so much before ultimately falling outside the top 6 for an each way place for us. That said, he competed well and I see no reason not to back him again this week.

Kisner is in solid form, in his last 5 events he has finished inside the top 30 – this highlights he is trending in the right direction and if the putter catches fire he is ready to win.

He currently sits 50th in the world and will be desperate to maintain his spot in the top 50 with all the benefits that come with it. He enjoys Bermuda surfaces and his game should suit the Copperhead test.