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Thomas to Reverse Bad Luck at Valspar

Copperhead Hosts World’s Best Golfers in Next PGA Tour Stop

It has been a short week for most of the golfers competing at the Valspar Championship at Copperhead this week in Palm Harbor, Fla.

The Players Championship finished on Monday, so it’s a quick turnaround, which should have everyone’s swing in fine form.

Thomas to Reverse Bad Luck at Valspar
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Golf betting markets have Justin Thomas as the top elect after a dreadfully unlucky four days at Sawgrass. The American headlines a quality field on the PGA Tour.

Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and Golf odds for Valspar Championship. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.

JT Ready for Victory

Bettors have had some near misses with Justin Thomas, but the classy American is due a winning performance.

The 28-year-old got the worst of the weather conditions at The Players. He played much better than his T33 finish portrayed, which included a poor final few holes on Monday.

Thomas recorded a bogey-free round in terrible conditions, so he’s hitting the ball well and he deserves to be favorite for the Valspar Championship.

“There’s always one person who plays good on the bad side of the draw,” Thomas told ESPN. “I kept saying, ‘Be that guy.’ I’m very proud of myself today.”

Thomas has been threatening to win for a while now and the +1000 odds are worth taking with the sportsbook.

Expectations are high and Thomas is hitting the ball sweetly enough to put this field away.

Pick: Justin Thomas +1000

Hovland Lays Down the Law

It was a strange Players Championship for Norwegian sensation Viktor Hovland. He finished T9 for another quality performance, but it was his ruling with Daniel Berger that made headlines.

Known as a nice guy, Hovland essentially forced Berger to play his ball farther back than it should have after crossing the water and going into the hazard. Perhaps the big money was on the mind of the 24-year-old, but it wasn’t a good look.

“We try to keep it professional. It’s not like we’re trying to dog on Daniel and trying to screw him over. It’s just, that’s what we believe, and he obviously felt strongly the other way,” Hovland said. “I’m not accusing him of anything. The golf ball is in the air for a couple seconds, so it’s tough to exactly pinpoint where it crossed.”

Despite some negative press coming his way, Hovland is a top elect for the Valspar Championship. He has been in scintillating form, including top-five finishes at the Genesis Open, Arnold Palmer Invitational and a win at the Dubai Desert Classic.

Golf lines have Hovland as co-favorite with Thomas +1000, and given his form, we wouldn’t be leaving him off our tickets.

Hovland is a player worth following throughout the year and the Valspar Championship sets up nicely for him.

Pick: Viktor Hovland +1000

Tommy’s Time

We think it’s only a matter of time before Tommy Fleetwood wins on the PGA Tour.

We’re prepared to adopt the Chase Theory and bet on him until he wins. This isn’t always the best strategy, but it worked with Scottie Scheffler earlier this year, so Fleetwood could do the same.

As he showed last week at The Players, he’s got the game to compete with the best in the world. Fleetwood just needs to show a bit of spark because he’s a little too casual for our liking.

He is a five-time European Tour winner, so he has beaten good fields, and a new shaven look could propel him to the top.

Fleetwood shaved his beard after losing his full-time PGA Tour status, which came out of anger.

“I was in a really bad mood,” Fleetwood said. “It was like, break some golf clubs or shave my beard, then I went for the beard.”

We love the ultimatum but, ultimately, Fleetwood needs to start producing and a win will secure his tour card for years to come.

Bettors get value odds for the Englishman at +4000, so include him as a value golf wager.

Pick: Tommy Fleetwood +4500

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