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Valspar Championship tees off on Thursday
By: Zach Cohen

Valspar Championship

Tees Off: Thursday, March 10th
Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead) – Palm Harbor, FL

Jordan Spieth will be looking to win his second straight Valspar Championship when the TOUR heads to Palm Harbor on Thursday. Fortunately for the other players on the TOUR, Adam Scott will not be in this week’s field. Scott has been as hot as they come, winning each of the past two events. The field will, however, include guys like Spieth, Patrick Reed, Henrik Stenson and Louis Oosthuizen. Retief Goosen and K.J. Choi will also be playing and both players have won this event twice in their careers. Another notable player that will be competing starting Thursday is Vijay Singh. Singh won this event back in 2004 and set the record for best ever score shot in this tournament. Singh was an 18-under over the course of the event and that’s going to be a tough number to top. With that being said, let’s now take a look at who could be winning this thing on Sunday:

Jordan Spieth (5-to-1) – Spieth has been a bit disappointing since winning the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in early January, finishing tied for 21st in Pebble Beach, failing to making the cut at the Northern Trust Open and finishing tied for 17th at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. He’s going to need to be a bit more consistent moving forward, but he does have a golden opportunity to win this event on Sunday. Spieth won this tournament in a playoff a year ago and is going to really feel at home when he takes the course on Thursday. His ability to putt the ball (44.4% one-putt percentage) will usually mean that he will be in the hunt on Sundays and at 5-to-1, he’s worth putting a few units on this week.

Patrick Reed (25-to-1) – Reed has been lousy over the past two weeks, finishing tied for 52nd at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and missing the cut at The Honda Classic two weeks back. Regardless, Reed has already had quite an impressive season and he’ll be looking to build upon his resume with a win on Sunday. He already has two top-five finishes this season and was tied for 6th at Pebble Beach in February. For all the good Reed has done, he has not yet won a tournament this season and will be hungry to do so at a course he has played well at in the past. Reed lost to Spieth in a playoff a year ago and coming that close will drive him to win this one on Sunday. He’s a good choice at 25-to-1, especially considering his past two events have given him more value this weekend.

K.J. Choi (50-to-1) – Although Choi is a bit older than a lot of his competitors, he has still had a solid season. Choi finished in second place at the Farmers Insurance Open in January and was tied for fifth at the Northern Trust Open in February. He is a very solid all-around golfer and his success at the Valspar Championship speaks for itself. Choi is one of only two golfers on the TOUR to have won this event twice in his career and he will certainly be hoping to win a third on Sunday. At 50-to-1, there aren’t many guys with more appealing odds. He’s worth putting a few units on and is a good guy to pair with Spieth when playing this weekend’s tournament.

Kevin Streelman (55-to-1) – Streelman is yet another player that has some good history at the Valspar Championship in his career. He won this event back in 2013, shooting a 10-under to ultimately defeat Boo Weekley by two strokes. Streelman already has a top-five finish this season, as he came in third at the Farmers Insurance Open and he also tied for 17th at Pebble Beach in the middle of February. One thing that really should play to his advantage here is that he is excellent when approaching the green. Streelman’s greens in regulation % is an impressive 75.19, which is good for second on the TOUR. As long as he can get it going with the putter then he’ll have a shot to win on Sunday and that means he’s an excellent pick at 55-to-1.