Final Round Preview –PGA Tour – Valspar Championship – Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club Copperhead — Palm Harbor, Florida —
Ryan Moore and Jordan Spieth tee off at 1:50 p.m. local time as the final pairing in the Florida Swing’s Valspar Championship.
Moore leads the way at 9-under following his third-round 66. He is trying to become the only multi-tournament winner during this season. Moore, who is 32nd in the world rankings, won the CIMB Classic in Malaysia last December.
The former UNLV stand out is a shot ahead of Spieth, who is No. 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Spieth, the former PGA Tour’s Rookie of the Year, collected a pair of wins during late 2014. He won the Australasia Tour’s Emirates Australian Open shooting 63 in the final round to win by four shots.
Then, he flew across the globe to capture the Tiger Woods headlined event – the Hero World Challenge – where he shot 63 on the final day to win by seven shots.
The Snake Pit, the finishing three-holes at Innisbrook’s Copperhead Course, will probably decide this tournament.
Spieth is the favorite in the betting world. He entered the week as a 14-to-1 selection at www.ladbrokes.com. But, at 33-1, Moore has been a solid performer in these spots. He has multiple PGA Tour victories, while Spieth has just one title – the John Deere Classic two seasons ago.
Derek Ernst is just two back at 7-under. He hasn’t logged a Top 25 since his victory on tour at the 2013 Wells Fargo Championship. But, the real threat to the final pairing could come from the group at 5-under and T-5 heading into the final round.
The group features World No. 3 Henrik Stenson, who contended last week before falling short, Patrick Reed and Matt Kuchar. Reed won earlier this season in Hawaii and let a potential win slip away at The Honda Classic.
Reed sits 16th in the rankings, while Kuchar is 14th and looking for his first win in 2015. Kuch fell just short at the Humana in late January.
Other Golf news:
- So Yeon Ryu rallied with a 65-69 weekend to edge Inbee Park by a shot to win the Ladies European Tour’s Mission Hills Ladies World Championship in China. Ryu, who entered the week No. 8 in the Rolex Ranking, finished 13-under overall. She was a shot clear of Park and three up on Suzann Pettersen.
- Adam Scott, World No.4, missed the cut this week in Palm Harbor. It snapped his streak of made cuts at 44 straight – which was the longest on the PGA Tour.
- World Golf Hall of Fame member Vijay Singh is T-8 at 4-under at the Valspar Championship heading into the final round. The 52-year-old was in the driver seat a few weeks ago on the back nine in the final round at the Northern Trust Open on the West Coast Swing. A bogey-double bogey-bogey finish ended his shot.
- As a 16-1 co-betting favorite, George Coetzee captured the Tshwane Open in South Africa at 14-under. It was Coetzee’s second career European Tour title. He shot 65 in the final round to beat Jacques Blaaw, who fired a final-round 61. The win moves Coetzee to 15th in the Race to Dubai standings.