Featured Groups: Valspar Championship
March 08, 2016
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
- March 08, 2016
- Jordan Spieth and Henrik Stenson will be a part of PGA TOUR LIVE's Featured Group coverage. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- The PGA TOUR moves to the west coast of the Sunshine State this week for the Valspar Championship, the third event in the Florida Swing.
PGA TOUR LIVE'S broadcasts will begin at 7:45 a.m. ET on Thursday and Friday with Featured Group coverage and then switch to the Featured Holes (Nos. 15 and 17, a pair of par 3s) at 3 p.m. ET.
Last year's tournament ended in a three-way playoff with Jordan Spieth launching a phenomenal year by beating Patrick Reed and Sean O'Hair. All three figure into the Featured Groups for the first two rounds on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort.
Graeme McDowell, Patrick Reed and Hunter Mahan: McDowell comes to the Valspar Championship ranked ninth in the FedExCup after winning the OHL Classic at Mayakoba last fall, one of three top-10s in the 2015-16 PGA TOUR season. Reed, who closed with a 66 last year to make the playoff, has four-top 10s this year, including solo second, also to Spieth, at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Mahan, meanwhile, is making his first start in Florida this year.
Tee times: 7:56 a.m. ET off No. 10 on Thursday and 12:46 p.m. ET off No. 1 on Friday.
Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson and Bill Haas: Last year's victory at Innisbrook was the first of five, including two majors, for the talented Spieth, who ended up winning the FedExCup and Player of the Year honors. Stenson also has good vibes at the Valspar Championship after finishing one stroke out of the playoff last year in his tournament debut. In five starts in 2016, Haas, a six-time TOUR champ, has two top-10 finishes.
Tee times: 8:07 a.m. off No. 10 on Thursday and 12:57 p.m. ET off No. 1 on Friday.
Justin Thomas, Russell Knox and Jason Dufner: This group includes three players who have already won on TOUR in 2015-16. Thomas picked up his first win at the CIMB Classic last fall, a week before Knox broke through at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions. Dufner then ended a three-year victory drought at the CareerBuilder Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation in January.
Tee times: 12:46 p.m. ET off No. 1 on Thursday and 7:56 a.m. ET off No. 10 on Friday.
Matt Kuchar, Louis Oosthuizen and Ernie Els: Kuchar, who is a seven-time winner on TOUR, posted his best finish of the season when he tied for eighth at the Northern Trust Open. The Valspar Championship is the first non-World Golf Championships event of the season for Oosthuizen, who tied for 14th last week at the Cadillac Championship. Like Oosthuizen, Els' season is just getting under way in earnest; the Valspar Championship is his fourth event of the 2015-16 campaign.
Tee times: 12:57 p.m. ET off No. 1 on Thursday and 8:07 a.m. ET off No. 10 on Friday.
Inside the PGA TOUR
Valspar Championship Preview