The Valspar Championship, the PGA Tour golf tournament scheduled from April 29 to May 2 in Palm Harbor (Florida), will also and above all confront the two best players in the world: Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas, respectively in first and second place.
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Both Americans, they are the favorites on the eve of an event that will offer a total prize pool of $ 6,900,000 and will return to the protagonist after the cancellation for Covid in 2020.
English Paul Casey, who won the competition in both 2018 and 2019, will be looking for a historic trio of consecutive successes. Among the favorites for the title also another Briton, Tyrrell Hatton (eighth in the world ranking), in addition to the American Patrick Reed (world number 7).
Spotlight also on the English Justin Rose (gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games 2016), the Canadian Corey Conners, the Norwegian Viktor Hovland, the American Scottie Scheffler and the South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel (winner in 2016) , returning from second place mockery after the play-off at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the PGA Tour pairs tournament.
While Will Gordon and Brice Garnett will be absent, because they are positive for Covid. At the Innisbrook Resort they will be replaced on the pitch by John Michael Spaun and Tim Wilkinson. Francesco Molinari will also miss the appeal, whose return to the American greens is scheduled for next week with the Wells Fargo Championship (in Charlotte from 6 to 9 May).
It’s called the “Player Impact Program” and is the PGA Tour’s answer to the Premier Golf League (PGL) which, from 2022, aims to propose a new green circuit between pharaonic prize pools and big ambitions.
The top American men’s circuit has created a project aimed at premiere the stars that bring benefits to golf and to the organization including the involvement of fans and sponsors. On the pot 40 million dollars distributed among 10 players, 8 of which will go to the champion who will have brought more results beyond the field.
The chosen ones will be determined based on their “impact score”, a spokesperson for the PGA Tour tells Golfweek. With the US organization that has already distributed to players the metrics by which they will be ranked.
“Their popularity in google searches” and through social networks will also be fundamental. The PGA Tour will use an algorithm to determine the final scores and to benefit, among others, could be champions, needless to say, like Tiger Woods. But also Bryson DeChambeau and Rickie Fowler, a phenomenon of popularity but in great crisis of results on the field.