The final Florida Swing tournament is here.
Here is everything you need to know before the Valspar Championship:
Innisbrook Resort | palm harbor florida
By 71 | 7,340 yards
Purse: $8.1 million/$1.458 million
FedExCup points for the winner: 500
Betting favourite, via BetMGM: Justin Thomas (+1,000)
Is Sam Burns ready for the historic three-time championship?
Sam Burns has a rare opportunity on Tour this week.
Burns, after winning at Innisbrook in 2021 and 2022, can clinch the treble with a win this week at the Valspar Championship.
Burns stepped up and won the 2021 tournament by three shots over Keegan Bradley in what was the first win of his career. He then won three times last season and beat Davis Riley in a tiebreaker to win the Valspar Championship.
“I would say it definitely changed my career as a professional golfer,” Burns said Wednesday of his maiden win. “It gave me a lot more opportunities at certain events I wasn’t at that year. I wasn’t in every major, so getting into every major, and then I think it gave me a lot of confidence to go forward knowing that when I was in that situation in the future, he would be able to support me this week. and I was able to grow a lot thanks to that.”
No one has won a tournament three years in a row on Tour for more than a decade. Steve Stricker was the last to do so when he won the John Deere Classic from 2009-2011. Burns is now the 14th player in position to match Stricker since his streak at TPC Deere Run. Since 1995, a golfer has only hit three peats or more 10 times, and eight of those belong to Tiger Woods.
Burns finished T35 last week at The Players Championship, which came after a couple of missed cuts following his final T6 at the WM Phoenix Open in February. The 26-year-old is ranked No. 15 in the Official World Golf Rankings this week.
Scottie Scheffler’s Masters Dinner Menu Is Here
Scottie Scheffler will be taking the week off following his win at TPC Sawgrass, but he officially announced his menu for the annual Masters Champions Dinner on Wednesday.
The reigning Masters winner will serve Texas Ribeye Steak or Blackened Redfish after cheeseburgers and firecracker shrimp appetizers at Augusta National next month.
Although the focus will be on Scheffler, who returned to No. 1 in the OWGR after Sunday’s win, the dinner will mark one of the few times Tour golfers will be in the same room with LIV Golf members like Phil Mickelson. , Sergio Garcia and Bubba. Watson, among others.
“I haven’t fully decided what I’m going to say,” Scheffler said Wednesday, via Golfweek. “I’m aware that I have to say a few words, but, for the most part, it’s kind of a group thing. I’m not really sure what the atmosphere will be like, but I think we’re all there to play in the tournament and celebrate the Masters and celebrate that we’ve all been champions.
“I think the dinner will be really special so we can all get together again and I’m sure we’ll put all those other things aside and have a great time together. Just because the guys joined another tour doesn’t mean I’m no longer friends with them and thinks differently of them as people. They’re still my friends and we’re all going to hang out and have a good time.”