In Lead up to Masters, Valspar Championship Tees Off in Palm Harbor

The 2015 Valspar Championship at Copperhead golf course at the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida figures to be one of the warm up tournaments for the Masters. Players will look to cross the t’s and dot the I’s of their game before heading into the Masters, and those on the Copperhead leader board will look to do so this weekend in Palm Harbor.

The 7,340-yard golf course with a par 71 features two double-dogleg par fives, and a 215 yard par 3 sandwiched in between two par fours. Those three holes are known as the Snake Pit. Before golfers can finish their round, they will have to enter said, “pit”.

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The golfers in the field will look to do their best Steve Irwin impression and battle the mighty Copperhead starting on Thursday.  Former Masters winner and belly putter Adam Scott takes his talents to Copperhead in search of his first victory of 2012. He tied with Henrik Stenson for fourth place at last weekend’s Cadillac Open.

The real question will be about the revival of Luke Donald. A former world No. 1, Donald has yet to win on the tour since 2012. Donald has failed to be able to get the distance on his shots, as his driver and irons have failed him since 2012. However, Donald has putted and chipped well. He is 12th in sand save percentage and 81st in putting in the world.

Jim Furyk has been playing consistent golf this season, but that doesn’t always equate to victories. He has finished tied for 7th, 14th and 12th at different events this season. He is 7th in the PGA in total strokes gained, and 1st in tee to green strokes gained.

If Donald can return to his 2012 form, he should be quite the hurdle for golfers to try to get over in Palm Harbor. However, if the last three years are any indication, it will not be very easy for the Englishman. Although golf’s biggest names won’t be in attendance, fans on the gulf coast should be in for some exciting golf action.