03.08.17 | Bob
South of the Border
Yeah it says Valspar Open but since it is the first blog, I’m gonna start off with a quick recap of last week anyways.
First of all I think its fair to say that the Mexican fans absolutely ate this event up. It was packed, and rowdy and hopefully will drive up interest internationally for the game of golf. The course, Club de Golf Chapultepec, was firm, fast, and tricky. One thing that wasn’t noted on any coverage I saw was that the greens although blazing fast and increasing in speed as the tournament went on, was the dead patches. Stuff like this up against the collars. Not a good look. Still a hell of a course that would eat me up.
When it comes to players, last week was absolutely stacked. All of the young guns and old heads made their way down to Mexico in search of one of the biggest tour purses of the year a cool $9.75 million. Yeah I'd roll the dice on zika to play for that money too. After round one the leaderboard was filled with the big names and it was nice to see Rory back in the picture. Rory carried his good play into Friday and had the top spot headed into Saturday. On Saturday, Speith broke the course record with a 8 under-par 63, and his buddy Justin Thomas moved into the drivers seat after shooting 66 on Friday and Saturday. Sunday was set to be a wild finish filled with big name players; in particular was Justin Thomas who had no real problems of finishing but gave up the lead by shooting one over in the final round. Dustin Johnson was there to scoop up the trophy, but first had to battle it out with Tommy Fleetwood. DJ of course handled business as usual as he marked his 4-inch putt for the win in real tour sauce fashion.
Also how could I not talk about JT ejecting his club after blocking one O.B. during his final round. We can thank him for sending videos of his swing to his dad and trying to fuck around with a swing after shooting 5 under-par two days in a row.
Back in the Sunshine State
This week the tour returns to Florida and visits the Innisbrook Resort's Copperhead Course the host course of the Valspar Open. The Copperhead course features only three par 5s that along with the infamous snake pit, which are the final 3-holes, made the course the third hardest on tour last year outside of the majors. The toughest of the three holes I think is the 230 yard par-3 17th hole. This week is a bit of a letdown when you compare the field from this week to last, but still a tough course and with a bunch of young guns looking to solidify their spot on tour it should make for an interesting weekend and remember April is right around the corner.
Bob's Picks of the Week
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For overall winner I like either Kevin Na at 50/1 or a man who has been close at almost every stop recently Wesley Bryant who is coming in at 40/1. More conservative bettors look at Matt Every who I think has a very goo d chance at a top ten finish and has nice 40/1 odds this week.