Valspar Championship Preview 2022

Valspar Championship Preview 2022

  • March 14-20
  • 21st of 47 FedExCup events
  • Palm Harbor, Florida
  • Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead)
  • Par 71
  • 7,340 yards
  • Purse $7.8 million
  • Winner $1,404,000 + 500 FedExCup pts.
  • 144 players
  • 72-hole stroke-play
  • Defending champion Sam Burns

Valspar Championship TV Times

  • Round 1: 3/17
    • ESPN+ 7:30am – 6 pm ET
    • Golf 2 pm – 6 pm ET
  • Round 2: 3/18
    • ESPN+ 7:30 am – 6 pm ET
    • Golf 2 pm – 6 pm ET
  • Round 3: 3/19
    • ESPN+ 8 am – 6 pm ET
    • Golf 1 pm – 3 pm ET
    • CBS 3 pm – 6 pm ET
  • Round 4: 3/20
    • ESPN+ 8 am – 6 pm ET
    • Golf 1 pm – 3 pm ET
    • CBS 3 pm – 6 pm ET

Top Odds For The Valspar Championship

PlayerOdds
Justin Thomas9/1
Viktor Hovland10/1
Collin Morikawa11/1
Dustin Johnson14/1
Xander Schauffele18/1
Louis Oosthuizen20/1
Sam Burns20/1
Tyrrell Hatton22/1
Brooks Koepka25/1
Matt Fitzpatrick25/1
Shane Lowry25/1

Florida Swing Concludes

  • The Valspar Championship returns to its traditional March date and will wrap up the PGA TOUR’s four-tournament stretch in Florida after being contested in May in 2021.
  • The three winners in Florida so far have included
    • a first-time winner (Sepp Straka, The Honda Classic)
    • two players who entered the week in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking and picked up their second win of the season
      • Scottie Scheffler/Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard
      • Cameron Smith/THE PLAYERS Championship.

Half of OWGR Top Ten In Field

  • Five of the top 10 players in the Official World Golf Ranking are scheduled to compete in the Valspar Championship, the most for the tournament since 2015 (5).
  • This is the seventh event this season with at least five of the top 10 players and second consecutive.
    • No. 2 Collin Morikawa
    • No. 3 Viktor Hovland
    • No. 8 Justin Thomas
    • No. 9 Xander Schauffele
    • No. 10 Dustin Johnson

Johnson Makes 300th Start on PGA TOUR

  • 2020 FedExCup Champion Dustin Johnson is making his 300th career start on the PGA TOUR this week.
  • In the first 299 starts, Johnson collected 24 wins (8.0%), 113 top-10s (37.8%) and 245 made cuts (81.9%).
  • He has won on TOUR in each of the last 14 seasons (2008 through 2020-21), tied with Tiger Woods for the third-longest streak to start a career.

Sponsor Exemptions

  • Alex Fitzpatrick (No. 5, Wake Forest)
    • Alex is the younger brother of World No. 26 Matt Fitzpatrick (also in field)
  • Jackson Huber (No. 11, Ole Miss)

Featured Players

Collin Morikawa

  • OWGR No. 2
  • FedExCup No. 13
  • Starts Wins Top-10s
  • Valspar Championship Tournament debut
  • PGA TOUR season: 5 starts, 0 wins 4 Top Tens
  • PGA TOUR caree:r 60 starts, 5 wins, 22 Top Tens
  • Highest-ranked player in the field at No. 2 in the OWGR
  • Two runner-up finishes in five starts this season (THE CJ CUP @
    SUMMIT, The Genesis Invitational)
  • Missed the cut at last week’s PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
  • 2nd on TOUR this season in Strokes Gained: Total and Scoring Avg

Viktor Hovland

  • OWGR No. 3
  • FedExCup No. 6
  • Starts Wins Top-10s
  • Valspar Championship 1 Start, 0 Wins, 1 Top 10
  • PGA TOUR season 8 Starts, 1 Win, 4 Top 10s
  • PGA TOUR career 62 Starts, 3 Wins, 15 Top 10s
  • Finished T3 in Valspar Championship debut in 2021
  • Three consecutive top-10s on TOUR (T4/The Genesis Invitational, T2/
    Arnold Palmer Invitational, T9/THE PLAYERS Championship)
  • One win in each of the last three PGA TOUR seasons (incl. 2021-22)
  • Leads the PGA TOUR in Total Driving (31st/Distance, 21st/Accuracy)

Justin Thomas

  • OWGR No. 8
  • FedExCup No. 25
  • Starts Wins Top-10s
  • Valspar Championship Starts 4, Wins 0, Top 10s 1
  • PGA TOUR season Starts 7, Wins 0, Top 10s 4
  • PGA TOUR career Starts: 185, Wins 14, Top 10s 65
  • Best result in four Valspar Championship starts: T10/2015 (3 top-20s)
  • 15 consecutive cuts made on TOUR (longest active streak)
  • Finished T33 in title defense at last week’s PLAYERS Championship
  • Six consecutive seasons with a win on TOUR (none this season)

Sam Burns

  • OWGR No. 17
  • FedExCup No. 8
  • Starts Wins Top-10s
  • Valspar Championship Starts ,3 Wins 1 (2021) Top 10s 1
  • PGA TOUR season Starts 10, Wins 1, Top 10s 1
  • PGA TOUR career Starts 96 Wins 2 Top 10s: 18
  • Earned first PGA TOUR title at 2021 Valspar Championship and won
    second at the 2021 Sanderson Farms Championship (season debut)
  • Entered the 2021 Valspar Championship at No. 94 in the OWGR and
    has been as high as No. 10 since (currently No. 17)

Strength of Field Valspar Championship 2022

CategoryNumberTop Ranked/
Most Recent
Top 30 FedEx Cup7Viktor Hovland (6)
Top 125 FedEx Cup74
Top 10 OWGR5Colin Morikawa (2)
Top 50 OWGR18
PGA TOUR Winners85Dustin Johnson (24)
Past Champions7Defending: Sam Burns
FedExCup Champions4Dustin Johnson (2020) most recent
PLAYERS Champions7Justin Thomas (2021)
Major winners21Brooks Koepka (4)

Tournament Records

CategoryValuePlayerYear
Low 18 Hole Score61Padraig Harrington2012
Low 36-hole score1302 playersKeegan Bradley, Sam Burns (2021)
Low 54-hole score1994 playersKeegan Bradley, Sam Burns most recent (2021)
Low 72-hole score266Vijay Singh2004
Holes-in-one (1983-present)1111 playersmost recent: Jason Kokrak (2019, R3)
Largest 18-hole lead3Padraig Harrington2012
Largest 36-hole lead3Robert Garrigus2014
Largest 54-hole lead5KJ Choi2002
Largest margin of victory7KJ Choi2002
Best come from behind win52 playersPaul Casey most recent 2018
Playoffs3Most recent: Charl Schwartzel def. Bill Haas2016
Wire-to-wire winners1KJ Choi2002

Valspar Championship 2021 Leaderboard Results

POSPLAYERTO PARR1R2R3R4TOTMONEY
1Sam Burns-1767636968267$1,242,000
2Keegan Bradley-1464666971270$752,100
T3Viktor Hovland-1369696865271$407,100
T3Cameron Tringale-1369676768271$407,100
5Abraham Ancer-1267706669272$282,900
T6Vaughn Taylor-1070676968274$241,500
T6Max Homa-1066686674274$241,500
T8Louis Oosthuizen-973676669275$201,825
T8Troy Merritt-968696870275$201,825
T8Joaquin Niemann-968686772275$201,825
T11Camilo Villegas-871686968276$167,325
T11Brandt Snedeker-869696771276$167,325
T13Bronson Burgoon-771686870277$127,305
T13Hank Lebioda-766697171277$127,305
T13Justin Thomas-769716770277$127,305
T13Jason Kokrak-767697071277$127,305
T13Bubba Watson-770676872277$127,305
T18Adam Schenk-671697167278$98,325
T18Charley Hoffman-668667074278$98,325
T18Ted Potter Jr.-667736375278$98,325
T21Paul Casey-568717268279$65,291
T21Alexander Noren-573687068279$65,291
T21Charl Schwartzel-570657470279$65,291
T21Russell Knox-569707070279$65,291
T21Ian Poulter-569716970279$65,291
T21Corey Conners-570687071279$65,291
T21Matthew NeSmith-570696971279$65,291
T21Danny Lee-570677072279$65,291

The Valspar Championship Preview is via PGA TOUR

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