Golf Rankings for Valspar Championship
Jordan Spieth [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #5
Inexperience has not been an issue for Spieth, but last year’s T7 in his Copperhead debut is just reassurance he’ll bounce back after a 34 at Doral. In six stroke play events played thus far, Spieth has compiled a pair of top-fives and has only placed outside of the top 20 twice.
Jason Dufner [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #61
Dufner is playing Copperhead for the sixth consecutive year. During that time his best finish was a T10 in 2012 after being tied for the lead after three rounds. Last year, Dufner was tied for fourth after two rounds, but dropped over the weekend to place T21. The Duff Man is coming off a T9 last week at Doral and just needs four days of consistent play to truly leave his mark at Copperhead.
Matt Kuchar [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #20
Kuchar has played Copperhead the last two years, placing T14 and T10. In five stroke play events this season, Kuchar has already recorded three finishes inside the top 15. He opened the year with a pair of top-10s in Hawaii and is coming off a T13 at Doral.
Harris English [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #72
In 2012, English misfired with a 5-over 76 in his first round ever at Copperhead and would result in a missed cut (despite recovering with a 69 the following day). Last year, English shot 69 or better in three of four rounds and finished T7. English has played six stroke play events this season with five finishes of 16th or better.
Luke Donald [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #77
Donald is among the toughest players to gauge this week. He won at Copperhead in 2012 and placed T4 last year. Donald also owns a T6 from back in 2010. However, he has struggled for much of 2014, save for a T8 at the Honda Classic. This field isn’t particularly stout and with a strong course history, you’ll want to keep Donald in mind.
Webb Simpson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #75
Simpson will be playing Copperhead for the sixth consecutive season. He was the runner-up back in 2011 and has not finished outside of the top-20 at the site since missing the cut in 2009. Simpson was a disaster for the first two rounds at Doral, but was 4-under par over the final two.
Justin Rose [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #13
Rose withdrew from the Honda Classic to manage tendinitis in his right shoulder. He returned to play Doral with a chance for a top-five after knocking down six birdies in seven holes. Rose would then double bogey three of the next five and drop out of the top 30. Rose finished T5 at Copperhead after blowing the lead in 2011 and placed T29 in 2012, but did not play last year.
Jim Furyk [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #31
Furyk has yet to do much in a stroke play event this season, but has done quite well at Copperhead. He won this event in 2010 and lost in a playoff in 2012. Last year Furyk placed T7 to give him four consecutive finishes inside the top 15.
Graham Delaet [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #166
DeLaet has cooled off considerably since recording a pair of T2 finishes at Torrey Pines and TPC Scottsdale in consecutive weeks. In his last three appearances the Canuck placed T70 at Riviera, was bounced in the first round of match play and is coming off a T34 at Doral. However, DeLaet placed T17 at Copperhead last year and shouldn’t be written off, despite the recent woes.
Bill Haas [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #38
Haas will be playing Copperhead for the first time since missing the cut back in 2011. He played this event from 2006-11, but only managed one top-20. Haas has made 11 consecutive cuts, dating back to last year, and is coming off a T6 at Doral; just his first top-20 in four stroke play events.
Gary Woodland [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #54
Woodland won in his Copperhead debut back in 2011, but has gone backwards. He placed T29 in 2012 and missed last year’s cut. He scored a T16 last week at Doral to give him three top-20s this year to go along with two results outside the top 35.
Cameron Tringale [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #174
Tringale had placed T12, T13 and T12 in three straight starts and was in line for, perhaps, a top-10 at the Honda Classic until crumbling on the back nine in the final round. He began the 2012 tournament at Copperhead strong and placed solo third last year.
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