City of La Quinta:
The PGA Tour travels back to Florida this week for the 2021 Valspar Championship. Here’s everything you need to know to watch the tournament. Away from the fog of the Masters and last week’s one-off team event at the Zurich Classic, the Valspar Championship represents a bit of a clean start for players as they begin prepping for next month’s PGA Championship. Its new spot on the schedule is a nice reprieve from the overwhelming Florida swing in March, and the field this week reflects a better week on the calendar for a tournament that has, at times, been must-see TV.
Valspar Championship basics
What: 2021 Valspar Championship
Where: Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead), Palm Harbor, Fla.
When: Thursday-Sunday, April 29 – May 2
Purse: $6.9 million ($1.242 million winner’s share)
Last year’s champion: Paul Casey
Live Stream: Watch Here
The top two players in the world — Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas — are playing this week and also playing together on Thursday and Friday. Joaquin Niemann. Patrick Reed, Viktor Hovland and back-to-back champion Paul Casey will all be in featured groups over the first two rounds as well. Throw Phil Mickelson — who is making his first start here in nearly two decades — in there as well.
They’ll all be taking on a course that is shorter and tighter than most on the PGA Tour with a closing kick where par-par-par gains strokes on the field over the last three holes. The Valspar has seen some awesome champions over the years — Jordan Spieth, Vijay Singh, Retief Goosen, Luke Donald, Jim Furyk and Casey (twice) have all won here — and hopefully its new week on the slate will provide another top-rate champion as the best field in a decade tees it up this week at Innisbrook.
Rounds 1-2 — Thursday and Friday
Round starts: 7 a.m.
Featured groups: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. — PGA Tour Live
Live TV coverage: 2-6 p.m. on Golf Channel
Live stream online: 2-6 p.m. on fuboTV (Try for free) and NBCSports.com
Radio: Noon-6 p.m. on PGA Tour Radio
Rounds 3-4 — Saturday and Sunday
Round starts: 8 a.m.
Featured groups and holes: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. — PGA Tour Live
Early TV coverage: 1-3 p.m. on Golf Channel
Live TV coverage: 3-6 p.m. on CBS
Live simulcast: 3-6 p.m. on CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports App
Radio: 1-6 p.m. on PGA Tour Radio
The PGA Tour is headed to Palm Harbor, Florida this week for the 2021 Valspar Championship. The tournament tees off Thursday morning at the Copperhead course of the Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club, where the Valspar Championship is hosted annually.
A year ago, the Valspar Classic was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to that, Paul Casey won back to back tournaments in 2018 and 2019, each by one stroke over his opponents. This year, Justin Thomas (+1000) enters as the favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook and he’s followed by Dustin Johnson (+1000), Corey Conneres (+1800), and Patrick Reed (+1800). Casey is installed at +2200.
Valspar Championship preview
When Paul Casey arrived at the Valspar Championship three years ago, he hadn’t won a PGA Tour event since his first trip to the winner’s circle way back in 2009. A lot can change in a few years
Casey won that week to end his drought, then returned in 2019 to capture his second-straight Valspar title and third Tour victory. The veteran Englishman’s three-peat chances were thwarted last year when the Covid-19 pandemic canceled the tournament. But now Casey is back at Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead course to attempt his third win in a row.
But Casey’s goal won’t be easily achievable given the stellar field that has assembled in Palm Harbor, Fla. World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is in town ready to shake off the bad feelings from a missed cut at the Masters. His nearest competitor in the world ranking will also tee it up this week: reigning Players champion Justin Thomas.
How to watch the Valspar Championship online, streaming
You can stream the 2021 Valspar Championship online in various ways. You can watch the Golf Channel coverage at golfchannel.com/watch and the CBS broadcasts at CBS.com by logging in with your cable credentials. Another way to catch the action is with PGA Tour Live, which also includes featured group coverage, though you’ll need a subscription to access the stream.
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