Tuesday, 11 March 2014

The.Frozen.Predictions- Valspar Championship

   Bears, Monster and Snakes Oh My, the Florida swing is starting to look like a late night visit from Jack Hanna gone wrong. while the SnakePit is another possible adventure into the animal kingdom of high scores for the Tour, before we get to that let's look back at the pass two weeks of the Florida swing.

   Two weeks ago we had the Honda Classic and The Bear Trap, in Jack Nicklaus' backyard and for most of the week it seemed that Rory was going to runaway with title. The storybook ending was not to be even with an amazing birdie on the 72nd hole, he still played the Bear Trap two over on Sunday.Which put him into a play-off with three other players which Russell Henley would go on to win.

    Last week we had the return of the Monster, the Blue Monster that is.. The WGC Cadiallic at Doral we knew it was going to change when Donald Trump brought the course in 2012. The Donald has made a forture putting his brash somewhat showy brand on courses around the world, and Doral would be his ultimate show piece. Going into the week tour players and all the guys on Morning Drive had nothing but praise for the work of Gil Hanse.

  After Thursdays round when high winds caused high scores and more balls in the water then when the event had a full field of 156, for the record only 68 players competed, Doral was being called "A major set-up, surrounded by water". And for the most part the course seemed to play to hard with balls hitting the greens and still ending up in the water. In my opinion the redesign is much tougher but you have to remember, every hole was changed in some way and all eighteen greens are brand new. The needs time to grow and mature it's like Bottle Shock (if you don't get the reference check out the movie) and you have to give Doral a few years to grow in. Either way Patrick Reed ran away with the title for his third win in the last seven months, and if you need to know what I think about that Reed my past post!!

The Course:
   On tap this week the Valspar Championship held at Innisbrook Golf Club opened in 1972 just outside Tampa, FL. Innisbrook was designed by Larry Packard who isn't known to the golf community as a Jack Nicklaus or Gil Hanse. Innisbrook is the only one of this works players see each year and his trademark double dogleg fairways and small greens, isn't a course that's easily overpowered which brings the shorter hitter of the tee in to play. which is why you hear names like Jim Furyk, Luke Donald and Matt Kuchar leading up to the event, which plays as a par 71 and 7,340 yards. The three closing holes are called the "Snake Pit," which consist of two tough par 4s with a meaty 215- yard par 3 between them.

Past Winners:
2013  Kevin Streelman (-13)
2012  Luke Donald (-13)
2011  Gary Woodland (-15)
2010  Jim Furyk (-13)
2009  Sean O'Hair (-4)              

 Yahoo Fantasy Picks:

 Starters A-list: Matt Kuchar B-list: Webb Simpson  B-list: Graham DeLaet  C-list: Harris English

   Bench  A-list: Marc Leishman  B-list: Kevin Streelman  B-list: Jason Kokrak  C-list: Nicolas Colsaerts

S/O to Adam Hadwin showing some Canadian pride with his win on the Web.com tour over the weekend, were hoping for Graham DeLaet to follow that up this week. And if your getting tried of winter and need a golf fix maybe your not making the best use of your pots!!


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