Valspar Championship 2021: Essential stats for this week's event in Florida

This will be the 20th PGA Tour event staged at Copperhead
Copperhead: One of the toughest Tour venues for finding Greens in Regulation

This year's Valspar Championship takes place later than usual, but is likely to remain one of the toughest events on Tour. Course and current form stats by Andy Swales...

"Over the years, Copperhead has been a good location for solid ball-strikers, and not necessarily long ones. Many of those mid-ranked pros in the Driving Distance category have performed well here."

For the first time since 2006, the Valspar Championship is not part of the traditional Florida Swing.

After 13 straight seasons staged during March, the tournament has been moved to late April.

However, it remains at the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Habor, located around 20 miles west of Tampa city centre.

This is the 20th occasion the event will have been played over the Copperhead Course, one of four layouts at this tourist hot-spot.

Course details

Opened in 1974, Copperhead was given a facelift six years ago and remains a course which requires good ball-striking.

With tree-lined fairways, and numerous dog-leg holes, Copperhead demands accuracy from the tee, with water coming into play on seven holes.

And the stats show how difficult the venue can be. Between 2016 and 2020, it was ranked 29th out of 29 for Greens hit in Regulation.

It also earned a low position for Putting (GiR), and was not much higher for Driving Accuracy, when viewed as tournament averages.

During the 2015 renovation, greens were enlarged and reseeded with TifEagle Bermuda, to accommodate a greater number of potential pin positions.

The gently undulating fairways were all re-grassed with Celebration Bermuda, while the bunkers were re-built.

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Twelve of the tournament's 19 winners have been golfers from outside the United States, with just two home-grown champions during the most recent eight instalments.

Copperhead made its debut on the PGA Tour in 2000, with the first six events taking place late in the golfing year.

In 2007 it moved to March and became part of the Florida Swing.

There was no tournament in 2001, because of the terrorist attacks in New York, and last year's event was also cancelled due to the Covid pandemic.

On the tee

And to celebrate this year's change of date, the tournament has been rewarded with a decent field.

Four of the world's top-10 are teeing-up, as well as eight of the leading 25. These include the No 1 and No 2, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas respectively.

Paul Casey is chasing a hat-trick of Copperhead titles having posted one-stroke victories in both 2018 and 2019.

The experienced Englishman has been in good form this year, highlighted by his victory in Dubai back in January.

Over the years, Copperhead has been a good location for solid ball-strikers, and not necessarily long ones.

Many of those mid-ranked pros in the Driving Distance category have performed well here, such as Patrick Reed, Adam Hadwin and Luke Donald.

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One player who fits the bill is Canadian Corey Connors who is currently ranked inside the top-10 for the category Strokes Gained: Off The Tee, but outside the top 100 for Driving Distance.

The 29-year-old is at a career-high No 38 in the world, on the back of four top-eight finishes from his most recent six starts. On his only previous trip to Innisbrook in 2018, Connors finished in a tie-for-16th.

Korean Sung Jae Im, who tied-fourth here in 2019, is another who impresses from the tee and during his young career has already enjoyed some strong performances on testing layouts.

His only PGA Tour victory to date came at PGA National, while there has been a brace of podium finishes at Bay Hill. Like Copperhead, both of these venues are in Florida.

Course Comparisons (1.1.16 - 31.12.20)


Driving Accuracy (%)
73.88: Sea Island (RSM Classic) (1/29)
57.68: Innisbrook (Valspar Ch`ship) (21/29)
52.24: Torrey Pines (Farmers Insurance) (29/29)

Greens in Regulation (%)
75.98: Sedgefield (Wyndham) (1/29)
59.95: Bay Hill (Arnold Palmer) (28/29)
58.99: Innisbrook (Valspar Ch`ship) (29/29)

Putting (GiR)
1.664: PGA West (host) (American Express) (1/29)
1.774: Innisbrook (Valspar Ch`ship (26/29)
2.668: Augusta National (Masters) (29/29)

Key: Above stats are for all 29 courses which staged four or more PGA Tour events between January 1st, 2016 and December 31st, 2020. To qualify for a ranking (between 1 & 29), tournaments must have a minimum of 50 players competing over the final two rounds of the event. Averages do not include players who failed to complete at least 54 holes.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Last 10 Weeks / Copperhead (2010-19)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W17 W16 W15 W14 W13 W12 W11 W10 W9 W8
Dustin Johnson 13 MC 28 48 54 8
Justin Thomas 21 42 1 15 MC
Patrick Reed 8 28 22 MC 9
Tyrrell Hatton 8 39 18 56 MC 21 22
Viktor Hovland 25 21 42 MC 49 2 5
Sung Jae Im MC 13 MC 42 8 17 21 28
Paul Casey MC 26 28 5 10
Scottie Scheffler 8 18 54 2 MC 5 20
Ryan Palmer 7 34 17 17 17 54
Abraham Ancer 18 26 23 18 22 18 MC
Joaquin Niemann 40 18 25 29 28 43
Louis Oosthuizen 2 26 61 41 6
Kevin Na MC 12 42 Wd 43 11 38
Jason Kokrak 21 49 42 9 8 9 32
Corey Conners 4 8 14 61 7 3 MC
Justin Rose 11 7 Wd 54
Max Homa 17 MC 18 MC 10 22 1
Kevin Kisner MC MC MC 18 MC 36 41
Mackenzie Hughes 52 40 9 36 MC 44 32
Russell Henley 9 28 3 MC 38
Gary Woodland 40 6 MC 43 MC
Lanto Griffin MC MC 34 61 35 21 22 26
Bubba Watson 8 26 9 MC 54 MC
Kevin Streelman MC 33 9 36 MC 52
Chris Kirk 27 7 6 25 48 8
Ian Poulter 48 26 9 MC MC 26 35
Erik van Rooyen 17 14 9 60 57 37
Talor Gooch 17 56 46 5 43 12
Charley Hoffman 11 18 2 34 17 10 52
Adam Long MC MC 28 MC 22 MC MC
Emiliano Grillo 2 6 MC 21 11 MC
JT Poston MC 28 MC 22 MC 43
Danny Willett 8 18 MC MC 8 31
Branden Grace MC 42 23 MC 26 1 20
Cameron Tringale MC 9 13 MC 31 26
Cameron Champ 17 26 34 MC MC 48
Sam Horsfield 4 15 3 8
Sam Burns 4 39 MC MC MC 3
Rasmus Hojgaard MC 12 MC 67
Martin Laird MC 38 30 69 43 MC
Adam Hadwin MC 23 8 29 MC 26
Chez Reavie MC MC MC MC 49 MC
Alexander Noren 21 25 46 MC 49 12
Tom Hoge MC 25 12 MC 22 MC 52
Byeong Hun An MC MC MC MC MC 43 35
Tom Lewis 8 25 54 56 36 MC MC
Phil Mickelson 21 MC 25 35
Richy Werenski 3 MC MC MC 4 57
Henrik Stenson 11 38 MC MC MC MC
Henrik Norlander 21 MC MC MC MC 71 MC
Lucas Glover MC 33 4 19 48 66 39 MC
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 56 44 MC MC 59
Zach Johnson MC MC MC 8 41 49
Charles Howell 18 MC 28 9 36 MC
Graeme McDowell 23 MC 54 4 MC MC MC
Cameron Davis 25 69 33 MC MC 43
Rory Sabbatini 51 30 MC 67 MC
Andrew Landry MC 33 MC MC MC 26
Jim Herman MC 53 53 MC MC MC
Keegan Bradley 4 23 30 29 10 60
Nick Taylor MC MC 59 MC 48 MC 20
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 23 56 23 MC 41 MC 66
Brandt Snedeker 4 42 6 MC 68 MC
Andrew Putnam MC MC MC MC 4 5 32
Matthew NeSmith MC 48 34 36 MC MC 20
Wyndham Clark 17 64 MC MC MC 8
James Hahn MC Wd 41 15
Sepp Straka 29 59 67 9 33 MC MC 43
Sung Kang MC 65 59 MC MC MC 67
Denny McCarthy 13 34 3 55 26 MC
Doc Redman 17 MC 44 MC 66 MC
Peter Malnati 31 MC MC MC MC MC MC
Mark Hubbard MC MC 46 MC 43 MC
Luke List MC 58 17 Wd MC MC 63 MC
Brandon Hagy 28 MC 17 MC 2 MC
Hudson Swafford MC MC 6 MC MC MC
Tyler Duncan 11 MC 44 48 MC MC 57 38
Danny Lee MC MC Wd MC 49 52
Patton Kizzire MC 9 MC 35 57
Jhonattan Vegas MC MC 18 30 61 2
Troy Merritt MC MC 34 34 MC MC MC
Charl Schwartzel 2 26 69 53 MC MC 62
Sam Ryder 17 MC 2 8 MC 39
Chase Seiffert MC 42 44 18 3 15
Brian Stuard MC 18 MC 69 MC 58 MC MC
Ryan Moore 52 76 MC 35
Kyle Stanley 23 MC 14 MC MC 32
Will Gordon MC MC 78 34 36 49 27
Scott Piercy MC 62 69 64
Brian Gay MC MC MC 46 MC MC 60
Patrick Rodgers MC MC 43 MC 65 57 30 12
Robby Shelton MC MC MC 43 MC MC MC MC
Austin Cook MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Doug Ghim 11 33 44 MC 29 36 MC
Steve Stricker 13 MC 63
Russell Knox MC MC MC MC 67 70 MC
Brice Garnett 11 52 MC 9 25 MC 5
Vaughn Taylor MC MC 44 Wd MC MC 39 MC
Bo Hoag MC MC MC MC MC 26 32
Keith Mitchell 4 17 53 MC 43
Ryan Armour MC MC 58 55 MC
Adam Schenk 11 25 MC 56 36 MC 27
Pat Perez 21 MC 67 48 46 MC 36 MC
Kris Ventura 25 75 MC MC MC 36 49
Camilo Villegas 25 17 MC 8 MC MC
Rafael Campos MC MC 34 2 MC 3 7
Joseph Bramlett MC 34 13 MC 49
Scott Brown MC MC MC 43 MC 61 53
Chesson Hadley MC MC 23 13 MC
Cameron Percy 33 Dq MC 29 MC 7
Scott Stallings 11 MC 59 MC MC
Xin Jun Zhang MC MC MC MC MC MC 30 MC
John Huh 69 19 63
Kramer Hickok MC MC 58 MC MC
Roger Sloan MC MC 22 25 22
Scott Harrington MC 42 MC 63 53 61 26
Fabian Gomez MC 56 51 15 MC
Grayson Murray 25 69 MC 3
Bronson Burgoon MC MC 28 67 39
Beau Hossler MC MC 69 MC 60 MC MC
JB Holmes MC MC MC 46 57
Wesley Bryan 25 MC MC 43
Kiradech Aphibarnrat MC MC MC 67 MC
Jason Dufner MC MC MC 53 MC 36
Michael Gligic 29 MC MC 4 MC 63
Hank Lebioda MC MC MC MC
Ted Potter MC MC MC 64 7
Rob Oppenheim 25 MC MC MC 7
Kevin Tway MC 48
Vincent Whaley 29 34 28 36 15
Jamie Lovemark 2 MC 55
Aaron Baddeley MC 5 48 23 30
Nick Watney 11 MC MC MC MC
Ryan Brehm MC 34 11 MC
Satoshi Kodaira MC MC MC 36 49
David Hearn 32 MC 13 MC MC
Tim Wilkinson MC 34 27
Sebastian Cappelen MC 59 34 MC MC
DJ Trahan MC 59 52 60 22
Nelson Ledesma MC MC MC 15 MC
KJ Choi MC MC 30 MC MC
Rhein Gibson MC 69 MC 63 MC MC
Jimmy Walker MC 59 58 MC MC
Kevin Chappell MC 13
JJ Spaun MC MC 67 MC 68
Luke Donald MC MC MC MC
Kelly Kraft MC 44 MC MC
Mark Anderson MC 43 63
Bo Van Pelt MC MC 34 56 MC 15
Jonas Blixt MC MC 70 MC
Sean O`Hair MC MC Wd
Chase Koepka 30
Ben Taylor MC MC 54 MC
Martin Trainer MC MC 44 56 MC MC
John Augenstein MC MC MC
Michael Kim 28 Wd MC MC MC 74
Hunter Mahan MC MC MC MC MC MC
DA Points MC MC MC
Kevin Stadler MC MC 54
Rod Perry MC
William McGirt MC 60
Player `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11 `10
Dustin Johnson 6 MC
Justin Thomas MC 18 10
Patrick Reed MC 2 38 7 2 MC
Tyrrell Hatton MC
Viktor Hovland
Sung Jae Im 4
Paul Casey 1 1 MC MC 37
Scottie Scheffler
Ryan Palmer 28 42 30 51
Abraham Ancer 16
Joaquin Niemann 37
Louis Oosthuizen 2 16 7 MC MC MC 20
Kevin Na MC 22 10 2 38 44 MC*
Jason Kokrak 2 8 58 MC 7 14 MC MC MC
Corey Conners 16
Justin Rose 5 MC 8 29 5 13
Max Homa MC MC MC
Kevin Kisner 24 60 MC
Mackenzie Hughes 13 MC
Russell Henley 42 9 MC
Gary Woodland MC MC 58 42 MC 8 MC 29 1
Lanto Griffin
Bubba Watson 4 MC 28 3
Kevin Streelman MC MC 18 MC 40 38 1 10
Chris Kirk MC 49 MC 42 MC
Ian Poulter MC 41 67 24 MC
Erik van Rooyen
Talor Gooch MC
Charley Hoffman 18 MC MC 11 MC 25 75 14 37
Adam Long
Emiliano Grillo MC
JT Poston MC 14
Danny Willett 42 22
Branden Grace MC 8 37 MC
Cameron Tringale MC MC MC 17 25 3 46 MC
Cameron Champ
Sam Horsfield
Sam Burns 30 12
Rasmus Hojgaard
Martin Laird MC MC MC 33 70 MC 5 28
Adam Hadwin MC 12 1 MC 71
Chez Reavie MC MC 27 22 MC 63 20 11 MC
Alexander Noren
Tom Hoge MC MC MC
Byeong Hun An MC 49
Tom Lewis MC
Phil Mickelson
Richy Werenski MC MC MC
Henrik Stenson 24 MC 7 11 4
Henrik Norlander MC
Lucas Glover 13 74 18 MC 24 MC 38 MC 20 25
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 30 44
Zach Johnson 24 16 MC 46 20 MC*
Charles Howell 40 49 5 10 14 MC 28
Graeme McDowell 46 40 14 MC
Cameron Davis MC
Rory Sabbatini 18 5 42 MC 70 27 74 15 MC
Andrew Landry 46
Jim Herman MC 3 MC MC
Keegan Bradley MC 31 58 MC MC
Nick Taylor 24 MC 62 MC 24
Kyoung-Hoon Lee Wd
Brandt Snedeker 30 31 53 58 29 4 46
Andrew Putnam MC
Matthew NeSmith
Wyndham Clark 37
James Hahn 41 MC 38 MC
Sepp Straka 46
Sung Kang 18 73 MC 22 55
Denny McCarthy 9
Doc Redman
Peter Malnati 60 MC MC MC
Mark Hubbard MC 64
Luke List 16 27 MC MC
Brandon Hagy MC 69
Hudson Swafford MC MC 38 56 MC
Tyler Duncan MC MC
Danny Lee 54 MC 22 Wd 7 MC
Patton Kizzire 60 MC 33
Jhonattan Vegas MC MC
Troy Merritt MC MC MC 6 MC MC
Charl Schwartzel MC 49 6 1 MC
Sam Ryder MC 68
Chase Seiffert
Brian Stuard 18 MC 38 MC MC 43 MC
Ryan Moore MC MC 18 3 5 MC MC 44 MC*
Kyle Stanley 27 53 MC MC
Will Gordon
Scott Piercy MC MC 5 MC
Brian Gay 46 MC MC MC MC* MC 55 37 63
Patrick Rodgers MC 59 MC MC
Robby Shelton
Austin Cook 9 40
Doug Ghim
Steve Stricker MC 12 MC 7 8
Russell Knox 24 16 MC 56 33 25 MC
Brice Garnett MC 31 MC
Vaughn Taylor 18 MC MC MC
Bo Hoag
Keith Mitchell 11
Ryan Armour 6 40 MC
Adam Schenk MC 59
Pat Perez 44 7 55 MC MC
Kris Ventura
Camilo Villegas MC 42 MC MC MC
Rafael Campos
Joseph Bramlett MC
Scott Brown MC 64 MC 7 MC MC 27 MC
Chesson Hadley 65 MC 69 44 14
Cameron Percy Dq
Scott Stallings 9 31 68 MC MC MC MC MC 3
Xin Jun Zhang MC
John Huh MC 9 22 33 MC MC MC
Kramer Hickok 46
Roger Sloan 60
Scott Harrington
Fabian Gomez 68 MC MC
Grayson Murray MC MC MC
Bronson Burgoon MC
Beau Hossler MC MC MC
JB Holmes 46 54 61
Wesley Bryan 7
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Jason Dufner MC MC 11 22 24 14 21 10 28 28
Michael Gligic
Hank Lebioda 46
Ted Potter MC MC 20 MC
Rob Oppenheim
Kevin Tway MC MC
Vincent Whaley
Jamie Lovemark 16 27 37 44 MC
Aaron Baddeley 49 MC MC 56 MC*
Nick Watney 37 59 14 53 43 51 13 4
Ryan Brehm
Satoshi Kodaira 37
David Hearn MC 18 MC 53 8 MC MC
Tim Wilkinson 56 MC 46
Sebastian Cappelen
DJ Trahan MC MC MC
Nelson Ledesma
KJ Choi MC MC 62 MC 44 21 46 MC 2
Rhein Gibson
Jimmy Walker 28 30 51 MC 16
Kevin Chappell 67 MC MC MC 70
JJ Spaun MC
Luke Donald 9 64 MC 22 53 4 4 1 6
Kelly Kraft 46 31 65
Mark Anderson
Bo Van Pelt MC MC 9 55
Jonas Blixt 42 22 22 MC MC 38
Sean O`Hair 12 Wd Wd 2 74 69 MC MC MC
Chase Koepka
Ben Taylor
Martin Trainer MC
John Augenstein
Michael Kim MC MC 52 MC
Hunter Mahan MC 56 53
DA Points MC MC 47 MC MC 63 28
Kevin Stadler MC 66
Rod Perry MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
William McGirt 16 MC MC MC 29 MC

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