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The PGA Tour is heading to Palm Harbour for the Valspar Championship in Florida this week, otherwise known as Sam Burns country.  

Burns has won the last two events here, taking over from Paul Casey, who won the two before that. Burns was 17-under-par in both of his last outings here, thanks to eight rounds in the 60s, a record he’ll no doubt love to keep up. Last year, it took a playoff for him to win, where he beat Davis Riley after two holes.  

This week it’s not a designated/elevated event, and will be a step down in depth from the field we saw at the PLAYERS Championship. Saying that, Matt Fitzpatrick, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth are all in the field, so there is still some star power. 

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Last week’s closing three holes caused plenty of drama, although not enough to trouble a hugely impressive Scottie Scheffler, but Innisbrook’s closing trio could derail a leader. Known as the Snake Pit, the 16th, 17th and 18th are all tough tests, with the par-4 16th playing the hardest hole last year.  

The event was established in 2000, when it was originally known as the Tampa Bay Classic. It’s been sponsored by Valspar since 2014. 

Here’s the Valspar Championship preview. 

Valspar Championship details 

Course: Innisbrook, Copperhead Course, Palm Harbour, Florida 

Course Stats: 7,340 yards, Par 71 

Defending champion: Sam Burns 

Purse: $8,100,000 

Winner’s share: $1,458,000 

Valspar Championship betting tips 

Here’s who the bookies fancy this week 

Justin Thomas 9/1

Jordan Spieth 14/1

Matt Fitzpatrick 16/1

Sam Burns 18/1

Justin Rose 22/1

Keegan Bradley 25/1

Tommy Fleetwood 25/1

Adam Hadwin 25/1

Brian Harman 35/1

Justin Suh 40/1

The bunkered Bet

Keegan Bradley

The 36-year-old missed the cut last week, but his form apart from that has been pretty solid. If Sam Burns doesn’t win for a third year in a row, expect Bradley to be at the right end of the leaderboard.

How to watch 

Here’s how UK viewers can tune in each day 

Thursday: Sky Sports Golf, 11.30am 

Friday: Sky Sports Golf, 11.30am 

Saturday: Sky Sports Golf, 12 noon 

Sunday: Sky Sports Golf, 12 noon 

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