After last weeks WGC Cadillac Championship its back to the regular PGA Tour schedule, which stays on the Florida swing and tees up at the Copperhead course on the Innisbrook Resort at Palm Harbor, Florida.
It’s always a good indicator of how good a course is when the players that compete on the tour say great things about the track. Paul Azinger, 2008 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain said, “Copperhead is the best course we play on Tour.” Two times US Open Champion Curtis Strange stated, “If I could only play one course the rest of my life, it would be Copperhead. It has that much character.”
Designed by Larry & Roger Packard in 1974 its 7.300 yards is characterised by its rolling terrain and tree lined fairways, The course makes the most of its natural lakes and ponds which are home to an abundant of wildlife including fox squirrels, bald eagles, alligators, blue herons, and many other types of water fowl.
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My tips to win:
Before last weeks WGC event Gary Woodland 28/1 with Bet365 had three Top 6 finishes from five starts this year and one of those was a runner-up finish at The Honda Classic firing a couple of 66s along the way. Gary is a past champion here shooting all four rounds in the 60s on his way to picking up the trophy. Woodland may have only had one other Top 10 here since that win in 2011, but in his current vain of form coming back to a course that he has won on, will see him in confident mood this week.
I do like the way Ryan Moore 28/1 with BetVictor picks and chooses his events and he already has a Top 3 finish from four starts this year and this will be the start of the Washingtonians build up to this years Masters Championship. Ryan has finished inside the Top 5 here in last two years and will be looking to repeat that feat and be right in the thick of it again come Sunday afternoon.
I did tip Bill Haas 30/1 with Bet365 last week as I felt he would want to replicate his fathers win over the Club de Golf Chapultepec course, but a third round 75 took him completely out of contention of the WGC event and see him finish outside the Top 20 for the first time this season. Bill was runner-up here last year, which followed on from a Top 15 in 2014 Haas didnt play in the 2015 event and he will be looking to go one better this year
My each-way tips:
I did tip Luke Donald 55/1 with BetFred a few weeks ago because I felt he was coming back into form, his final round 73 put paid to his challenge at The Honda Classic and see him slide down the leaderboard and finish just outside the Top 25, but I still feel he is not far away from being back to his best. Luke is a past champion here and finished inside the Top 5 the following two years and with his new found confidence I am sure Donald will be looking forward to this week.
It has been a strange year for Webb Simpson 60/1 with PaddyPower with a runner-up finish in the Phoenix Open which he followed up with a missed cut, he had a Top 15 in Hawaii but has finished outside the Top 35 in his other two starts this year, so will the real Webb Simpson please stand up!! Simpson has a runner-up finish here and several Top 20s finishes and if the Phoenix Open Webb Simpson turns up I can see him challenging again this week.
My outside tips:
Going by how Sean OHair 70/1 with Bet365 has performed so this year he should be challenging again this week and coming back to a course where he is a past champion and was runner-up two years ago, its obvious the Copperhead course is one he enjoys playing. JT Poston 200/1 with 32Red done enough on the Web.com Tour to earn his playing card in his first season as a professional with three Top 3 finishes two of which were runner-up places. JT seems to have brought that no fear approach to the PGA Tour with a couple of solid finishes in his last two events. I think he may just be worth a 50p each-way punt at these odds.
As always good luck