Valspar Championship: Stenson at home in Florida

Valspar Championship: Stenson at home in Florida

After last week’s detour to Mexico, which saw our 125/1 tip Tommy Fleetwood finish a brilliant second, the PGA Tour returns to its Florida swing with the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort.

Charl Schwartzel defeated Bill Haas in a play-off 12 months ago to win his first title in the United States since victory in the Masters at Augusta National in 2011.

The South African returns to defend his title in a field headlined by world number six Henrik Stenson, who was forced to withdraw from the WGC-Mexico Championship after just 12 holes of his first round.

Stenson admits he is not yet 100 per cent after being one of several players and caddies to suffer from a stomach virus in Mexico City, but the Open champion is back on home soil in Florida and boasts a good record at the venue.

The 41-year-old was fourth  in 2015, just a shot outside the three-man play-off won by Jordan Spieth, and finished 11th last year. Stenson has also not finished outside the top nine in any of his last six completed events.

He can continue the trend of top-class winners and leads our Valspar Championship betting tips at a price of 10/1.

Our next selection is equally at home at Copperhead, world number 37 Ryan Moore having finished fifth in 2015 and third last year. Moore was also a respectable 28th in Mexico last week and can be backed at 25/1.

Sticking with course form brings us to Canadian Graham DeLaet, who was eighth in 2014 and fifth last year. The 35-year-old has yet to win on the PGA Tour but comes into the event on decent form figures of 9-17-10 and can be backed each-way at 33/1.

Former amateur star Ollie Schniederjans failed to give us a return when tipped at 50/1 for the Honda Classic recently, but he hardly disgraced himself with three rounds of 70 or better and is available here at a more generous 70/1. Schniederjans turned professional after finishing 12th in the 2015 Open and claimed his first win in the paid ranks on the Web.Com Tour last year. The 23-year-old also has two top-10 finishes in his last four events.

This week represents the last chance for players to qualify for the WGC-Dell Match Play and our final selection is 50/1 shot Charley Hoffman, who needs to finish in the top 30 to book his place in the field in Austin. Hoffman was 11th here last year and fourth in his last outing in the Genesis Open.

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