Golf Rankings for Valspar Championship
Pat Perez [Yahoo Class A]
Perez had a run of disappointing performances at Copperhead until breaking through with a T7 last year. He opened 2014 with four finishes of 11th or better in five starts until a poor showing at Riviera.
Will MacKenzie [Yahoo Class C]
MacKenzie hasn’t played Copperhead since 2010, but you have to like what he’s been doing lately. In his last five events, MacKenzie has only placed outside of the top 15 once while recording a pair of top-10s.
K.J. Choi [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #111
Choi is not the most consistent player, but he earned a share of second at Torrey Pines and most recently shared 12th at Riviera. He won at Copperhead back in 2002 as well as 2006 and was tied for second after two rounds last year, but shot a 5-over 76 in the third round to keep him out of the top-20.
Ernie Els [Yahoo Class C]
Els doesn’t play Copperhead often (just four times since 2003), but finished T6 in 2006 and T5 in 2012. Els has yet to record a top-30 in his four worldwide stroke play events this year, however.
Kevin Streelman [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #127
Streelman is the defending champ at Copperhead and scored a top-10 the year prior. He earned a share of third at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, but hasn’t placed inside the top 25 since.
Bryce Molder [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #116
Molder missed the cut at Copperhead in 2010 and again in 2011. Over the last two years, however, he has placed T30 and T20, respectively. A return to the site will be Molder’s first action since he finished T10 at Pebble Beach and T6 at Riviera.
Charley Hoffman [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #33
Hoffman has played Copperhead four times since 2009, making each cut and notching a pair of top-20s. Over his last five starts, Hoffman has finished 12th or better on three occasions.
Charles Howell III [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #80
Howell finished seventh or better in three of his five fall events and opened 2014 with a T8 in the Sony Open. Aside from another top-10 at TPC Scottsdale, the rest of his year has been forgettable. CH3 is playing Copperhead for the first time since missing the cut in 2011. Back in 2009 he earned a share of second.
Louis Oosthuizen [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #14
Oosthuizen recently withdrew from the Honda Classic due to a back issue that he has been dealing with. He returned at Doral and left with a T40. The South African scored a T20 in his Copperhead debut in 2012, but missed last year’s cut.
Brandt Snedeker [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #17
Snedeker continues to struggle. In his last five stroke play events he has missed two cuts and did not manage a top-45. Snedeker scored a solo fourth at Copperhead back in 2011, but did not compete at the site last year.
George McNeill [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #190
McNeill has finished T6, T12 and T19 in his last three starts. He has played Copperhead each of the previous seven years, finishing T30 last year. McNeill was tied for fourth after two rounds in 2012, but struggled over the weekend to finish outside of the top 45.
Paul Casey [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #24
Casey was a top-10 player in 2009 and 2010, but was been derailed by injuries in recent years. In his last two worldwide starts he placed T9 in Dubai and T12 at the Honda Classic. Casey is playing Copperhead for the first time since missing the cut in 2012.
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