Potter Looks to Rebound in Valspar in Palm Harbor
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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