What a long and brutal week in Ponte Verde, Florida, for The Players Championship. Between rain and cold weather to sunshine and high winds, the players experienced it all at TPC Sawgrass. In the end, Cameron Smith walked out a winner at -13 on the week.
Looking ahead at this week at Innisbrook Resort and the Copperhead course, there are a few names that stand out right away when looking at the field. Let’s take a look at some of our PGA Tour Betting favorites for the week and a few players to look out for this week.
Golf Betting Preview for 2022 PGA Tour Valspar Championship
Sam Burns +2200
We start our list with the defending champion at Copperhead, Sam Burns. Burns won a cool $1.2 million for his 17 underperformance last year.
If he were to win again this week, it would be the second time in recent years that we have seen a back-to-back champion at the Valspar. Paul Casey won the event in 2018 and 2019.
Currently ranked 17th in the World Golf Rankings, Burns is coming off a tie for 26th finish at The Players Championship. It was not the best start to the season for Burns, with three straight missed cuts, but he has turned it around in his last two performances. He has a great chance to defend his title this week at Innisbrook.
Paul Casey +2000
The two-time champion at the Valspar Championship and the back-to-back winner, Paul Casey, is set and ready for a good week at the Innisbrook Resort. Casey is coming off a great week at The Players Championship in tough conditions. Casey has not won on the PGA Tour since his 2019 win at the Valspar.
Casey only has three starts this season on the PGA Tour. Last week he played at TPC Sawgrass and before that at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and The Genesis Invitational.
Paul Casey would be a good bet this week since he has won twice before at Innisbrook, and he is coming off a good week at The Players Championship.
Justin Thomas +1000
The top favorite heading into the week, Justin Thomas, headlines the Valspar Championship. Last year, Thomas finished tied for 13th for the week at the Valspar. With Jim McKay as his caddie now, Thomas has turned his play around so far this season.
Thomas did not have the greatest week at The Players Championship. He was the defending champion and finished the week tied for 33rd.
Currently ranked eighth in the world, Thomas is looking for his first win this season in the early stages. He has had at least one win on tour every year since 2014.
Other names to watch
Collin Morikawa is the second favorite in terms of odds this week. Morikawa missed the cut last week at TPC Sawgrass. His odds are currently +1200.
Viktor Hovland is another young gun that is ready to make a statement on the PGA Tour. Hovland finished tied for ninth last week at The Players Championship. His odds for the week are currently +1200 as well.
Brooks Koepka has not had the best of starts to the season so far. Not only is Koepka trying to focus on golf, but he is getting married this year as well.
Trying to balance the two can be tough, as he missed the cut this last week in Ponte Verde. His odds for the week are at +2800.