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Valspar Championship Odds & Betting Preview

One of the most popular courses on the PGA Tour will be featured this weekend when the 2017 edition of the Valspar Championship gets underway at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida.

Justin Thomas and Henrik Stenson are +1000 co-favorites, with Ryan Moore (+2200), Daniel Berger (+2500), Gary Woodland (+2500), Matt Kuchar (+2500), Bill Haas (+2800), Patrick Reed (+3000), Charles Howell III (+3300) and Bubba Watson (+4000) making up the rest of the top 10 at Bovada.

Charl Schwartzel (+4000) recorded his first win on U.S. soil since his miraculous 2011 Masters triumph at the Valspar last year, making up three shots over the final six holes to force a playoff with Haas. The South African began the final day five shots off the pace. Despite the aforementioned drought in America, Schwartzel is swinging a hot club right now and has won two of his previous six starts worldwide.

Commonly referred to as the Copperhead Course, the par-71, 7,340-yard course is tough but fair. There are many dog-leg fairways and there’s no shortage of water, but three of the four par-5 holes (1, 11 and 14) are perceived as the easiest. Nine of the last 10 winners have ranked inside the top seven for par-5 scoring.

The last three holes, known as the “Snake Pit,” are Copperhead’s toughest. Players averaged .598 strokes above par at the “Snake Pit” in 2016, good enough to stand fourth among the toughest closing three-hole stretches on the Tour.

Winning back to back at the Valspar is no easy feat, as the event has never had a defending champion. In fact, only three of the 16 champs have finished in the top 10 a year later. Jordan Spieth, who won in 2015, finished tied for 18th a year ago.

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The book’s list of odds are as follows:

2017 Valspar Championship Odds

Odds as of March 8 at Bovada

  • Justin Thomas +1000
  • Henrik Stenson +1000
  • Ryan Moore +2200
  • Daniel Berger +2500
  • Gary Woodland +2500
  • Matt Kuchar +2500
  • Bill Haas +2800
  • Patrick Reed +3000
  • Charles Howell III +3300
  • Bubba Watson +4000
  • Graham DeLaet +4000
  • Charl Schwartzel +4000
  • Wesley Bryan +4000
  • Billy Horschel +4000
  • Jason Dufner +4000
  • Kevin Na +5000
  • Luke Donald +5000
  • Byeong-Hun An +5000
  • Webb Simpson +5500
  • Russell Knox +6000
  • Jim Furyk +6000
  • Graeme McDowell +6600
  • Martin Laird +6600
  • Keegan Bradley +6600
  • Russell Henley +6600
  • Sean O'Hair +6600
  • Ollie Schniederjans +6600
  • Steve Stricker +7500
  • Charley Hoffman +8000
  • Chris Kirk +8000
  • Patrick Rodgers +8000
  • J J Spaun +8000
  • Jason Kokrak +8000
  • Nick Watney +8000
  • Tony Finau +8000
  • Adam Hadwin +8000
  • Harris English +10000
  • Lucas Glover +10000
  • Scott Brown +10000
  • Seung Yul Noh +10000
  • Brian Harman +10000
  • Kevin Streelman +10000
  • Scott Piercy +10000
  • Stewart Cink +10000
  • David Lingmerth +12500
  • Ian Poulter +12500
  • Scott Stallings +12500
  • Cameron Smith +12500
  • Chez Reavie +12500
  • Robert Garrigus +12500
  • Soren Kjeldsen +12500
  • Daniel Summerhays +12500
  • Hudson Swafford +12500
  • JT Poston +12500
  • James Hahn +12500
  • Jamie Lovemark +12500
  • Kyle Stanley +12500
  • Lee McCoy +12500
  • Bud Cauley +15000
  • Cameron Tringale +15000
  • Cheng Tsung Pan +15000
  • Grayson Murray +15000
  • Jim Herman +15000
  • John Huh +15000
  • John Senden +15000
  • Luke List +15000
  • Morgan Hoffmann +15000
  • Patton Kizzire +15000
  • Si-Woo Kim +15000
  • Sung Kang +15000

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