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PGA Tour Expert Picks: Valspar Championship

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

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The third of four tournaments on the Florida swing. The PGA Tour turns to Tampa this Week for the Valspar Championship.

Here's a Q&A on this week's event:

What is it?

The Valspar Championship in Miami. It's the worst of the four Florida tournaments and the only one Tiger Woods won't be playing.

Wait, Valspar?

Yes, this tournament has a new title sponsor. It used to be the Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank and before that it was the Transitions Championship and the PODS Championship. Maybe this one will stick. I just call it "that tournament in Tampa."

Where is it?

Innisbrook Resort, Copperhead Course.

When is it?

March 13 - March 16

What is the purse?

$5.7 million

How can I watch it?


Thursday and Friday, Mar. 13-14 -- 3-6 PM on Golf Channel
Saturday and Sunday, Mar. 15-16 -- 1-3 PM on Golf Channel and 3-6 PM on NBC

All times Eastern

Who's playing?

Jason Dufner, Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose, Luke Donald, Webb Simpson, Harris English, Brandt Snedeker, Jim Furyk, and Bill Haas.

Who are the former champions?

2013 -- Kevin Streelman
2012 -- Luke Donald
2011 -- Gary Woodland
2010 -- Jim Furyk
2009 -- Retief Goosen

Not exactly murderer's row

It's not a great tournament. It would be a good week to catch up on what's going on with the Masters in four weeks.

But, the snake pit!

I'm with Alan Shipnuck, these odd three-hole nicknamed swings in the Florida events are overrated.

So who are you picking?


Matt Kuchar (18-1) -- Kuchar has been terrific at this tournament in the past. He's played it three of the last five years and hasn't finished outside the top 14.

Plus, he's coming off a T13 at the Cadillac Championship. This place will feel like a putt-putt course compared to Doral.

Lock for top 10

Kevin Streelman (50-1) -- Interesting that the defending champ has 50-1 odds. It's not like last season was an anomaly, either. Streelman finished T10 here in 2012.

He's been decent this year but not great. One top 10 finish but no missed cuts. Maybe a return to the scene of his first crime is what he needs to get back on track.


Greg Chalmers (150-1) -- Who? Exactly. Chalmers has missed three consecutive cuts but he's worth a flier at 150-1. Why is he worth a flier? Because in three of the last four years he's finished T4, T29, and T16. He knows how to play this course and will play it well this weekend.

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