The Valspar Championship is next on the PGA Tour and there are many reasons to look forward to it from a betting perspective.
All of the big guns (with the exception of Henrik Stenson) have decided to stay away as they prepare for the Masters. It gives us an excellent opportunity to get some really great prices from the bookies. However, it also makes it harder to pick a winner.
Justin Thomas will begin as the favourite with his best odds coming from BetFair at 12/1. Thomas has been in excellent form with two titles already in 2017. He also bounced back from a missed cut to finish T-5 at the WGC Mexico Championships. Henrik Stenson is also at 12/1 despite his WD from the WGC. Punters will be hoping that it won’t happen again for the Iceman. Aside from the two clear favourites, there is plenty of excellent value from players who may challenge for the title. Their prices are fantastic for some great E/W bets.
So without further ado, here is who we fancy doing well at the Valspar.
Daniel Berger 30/1 (BetVictor)
When he is good, he is very good. Berger finished in a tie for 11th at the Valspar last season and has really become a better player since then. It is a course that he clearly likes. Whilst he suffered a missed cut at the Honda Classic it is important not to read too much into it as he did the same in 2016. A strong performance in Mexico will give him some confidence coming into this one.
Ryan Moore 33/1 (Betfred)
The American is another who likes this course. A third place last year reflects that. He also finished fifth in 2015. His record this year is a mixed bag with his strongest finish coming at the Tournament of Champions where he finished 3rd. However, returning to Valspar is something he will love.
Graham Delaet 45/1 (Betfred)
Three top 20 performances in his last three tournaments have included two finishes in the top 10. There is no denying his form as the Canadian enters the Valspar. He also has a strong record on this turf finishing in a tie for fifth in 2016. With a lack of big names to get in his way and at these odds...Delaet is an excellent E/W.
Sean O Hair 80/1 (Betfred)
O’Hair took Jordan Spieth all the way in 2015 as Spieth on in the playoff. Whilst O’Hair withdrew from last year’s championship he has a strong enough track record to be considered. He has also been knocking on the door of the top 10 after a T-11 at the Honda Classic. Could be a surprise.
Tony Finau 80/1 (Ladbrokes)
Inconsistency has been an issue for Finau so far this season. A missed cut at the Honda Classic and the Phoenix Open. Yet, he can also produce a surprise or two. T-4 at the Farmer’s Insurance is enough for us on this occasion. Usually shines when the bigger names stay away.