Having missed 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic the PGA Tour is back at the Copperhead Course at the Innisbrook Resort in Florida for one of the tougher tests on the roster. With only one score above ten under par winning in the last seven seasons the par 72, 7194-yard course sets the PGA Tour professionals a stern exam.
April 29 – May 2 at Innisbrook Resort, Copperhead Course
Four Years on From His Junior Title and Record Score At Innisbrook Resort Can Chilean Joaquin Niemann Win in the Major League?
As a punter or tipster, you need to show patience and wait for the perfect opportunity to present itself and in Florida this week that occurrence may be on the cards. Back in 2017, Joaquin Niemann won one of the major junior titles at Copperhead Course with an impressive record-breaking eight-shot victory. Astonishing to think the young Chilean is still only twenty-two years old given how long he’s been a factor on the PGA Tour. The Military Tribute at Greenbrier of 2019 is his only win thus far on the PGA Tour but we know more is overdue for the young man from Santiago.
An accumulation of nine top 5 finishes in the fledgling stage of his career, promises plenty and he started 2021 with back to back runner up spots in Hawaii, in the Sentry Tournament of Champions and Sony Open. He has been a little quiet recently and a couple of weeks break after the Masters Tournament is likely just what the doctor ordered for Niemann. Despite not being as prominent since Hawaii he has not missed any cuts and hopefully a return to putting surfaces he knows well and two weeks to sharpen his putting could be the spark he needs for a second career PGA Tour title.
Those positive vibes and endorphins created from returning to a favorite venue have been the spark needed for Niemann in the past. Two years before his win at the Greenbrier, at The Old White course, he made his PGA Tour debut as an amateur and finished a creditable 29th. Returning to the scene of his 2017 triumph here looks like the perfect week to support Joaquin Niemann in the win at the best online sportsbooks.
Valspar Championship Golf Pick: Joaquin Niemann – Top 10 at (+325) BetOnline
Charles Howell our dependable Banker PGA Pick at the Valspar Championship
Charles Howell is easily one of the most dependable players on the PGA Tour and one who has been very profitable for my column. This week in Tampa is no different with some strong performances at the RBC Heritage Classic and the Players Championship recently. The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass is not normally a venue where Howell excels, and 9th is an eye-catching result. Fourteen times, Charles Howell has teed it up at the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort with four top 10 and six top 20 finishes accumulating a shot average of under 71.
Unsurprisingly, there have only been two missed cuts in those fourteen events for a player who has accumulated over $40,000,000 in prize money despite only three wins in a twenty-year career. At the age of forty-one, the Augusta born player always enjoys playing in his residential state of Florida and this week should be no different. I like the look of a top 20 finish for Charles Howell this week at Bovada and a match bet with BetOnline at -120 to beat Brendan Grace
PGA Golf Banker Pick: Charles Howell to beat Brendan Grade at (-120) with BetOnline
*The pick reflects the line at the moment the writer made the play, the odds at the beginning of this article show the live line movement. Since the lines might vary, don’t forget to refer back to our live odds.