Monday, April 26, 2021
Ted Potter won't have to travel far while looking to end his latest string of missed cuts at the $7.4 Valspar Championship over the tough Innisbrook Copperhead course in nearby Palm Harbor.
Ted has been stuck in neutral for the past several events and his money-earnings have stalled at just over $202,000.
Paul Casey is the defending champ, and he took home a check for $1,206,000 last year. He'll be joined by a tough cast of characters, including Dustin Johnson, Viktor Hovland, Gary Woodland, Patrick Reed, Justin Thomas, Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson, Hovland had a big chance to add to his expanding resume in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans with Kris Ventura as his partner, but they imploded in Sunday's finale with a surprising 78.
Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith won in Cajun country in a one-hole playoff with Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel when Oosthuizen hit his tee shot on No. 18 in the water. Leishman and Smith split the $1,069,300 winners' prize. The two teams had deadlocked at 20 under par. Hovland and Ventura began the day at 17 under, before faltering late and dropping to -11.
The defending champs, Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer, finished tied for 7th at 17 under. Gator Billy Horschel and partner Sam Burns tied for fourth at 18 under after a Sunday 69.
Gators entered in the Valspar are Camilo Villegas, who received a sponsor's exemption, and steady Brian Gay, who will be looking for his second victory this season. USF is represented by Chase Koepka, who also has a sponsor's exemption, and the Seminoles have Hank Lebioda.
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