THIS WEEK: Valspar Championship, March 21-24
Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead), Palm Harbor, Fla. (Par 71, 7,340 yards)
LAST TOURNAMENT: The Players Championship (Rory McIlroy)
Purse: $6.7 million (Winner: $1.206 million and 500 FedEx Cup points)
Defending champion: Paul Casey
FedEx Cup leader: McIlroy
Television: Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (NBC).
PALM HARBOR – This event is the anchor leg of the Florida Swing, with 87 of the 144 players from The Players Championship scheduled to be in the field. … Copperhead has ranked as one of the two toughest par-71 courses among non-majors each of the past six years. … Jim Furyk has made the cut in all nine attempts, with a win in 2010 among five top-15 finishes.
Patrick Reed has made 15 consecutive cuts worldwide and has a 69.625 scoring average on Copperhead over the past four years. … World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, the only player to post four sub-70 rounds at The Players, makes his first appearance since 2010. He missed the cut in both previous attempts. … The three-hole closing stretch is known as “The Snake Pit,” with none of the holes averaging under par since the tournament debuted in ’10.
NEXT WEEK: WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Austin, Texas; Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, Dominican Republic