April 29th-May 2nd 2021
Location & Course Information
Palm Harbor, Fla.
Designed by Larry Packard in 1972, the Copperhead Course features undulating terrain that is unusual for a Florida course and complements a challenging strategic layout. The course underwent a restoration in 2015. Yardage: 7,340; par 71.
Notable Course Features
Holes 16, 17 and 18 are known as the “Snake Pit.” The toughest of the three, and the most difficult hole on the course in 2019, is the 16th, a 475-yard par 4 that features water on the right side.
(No event in 2020)
Paul Casey, England
Field: 156 players
Format: 72 holes stroke play
Purse: $6.9 million
500 to the winner
Copperhead Charities, the nonprofit organizing group of the Valspar Championship, generated more than $1.4 million for charity in 2020 even though the tournament was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, reaching that figure based on commitments prior to the event and generous donations from a number of PGA TOUR pros. Total charitable contributions since 1977 are more than $45 million.
HOW PAUL CASEY WON
A year after winning the Valspar Championship from behind, Paul Casey held onto the 54-hole lead to capture the event for the second consecutive time. Casey shot a 1-over 72 on a tough day for scoring to finish one shot ahead of Louis Oosthuizen, who bogeyed 17, and Jason Kokrak, who bogeyed 18.
Casey played Copperhead’s 16 par 5s in 15-under for the week, ranking first with a 4.06 average.
Casey had 12 bogeys, but ranked T1 in subpar holes with 18 birdies and an eagle.
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The tournament moves to April/May dates this year after having been played in March since 2007 and in the fall from 2000-06.
Paul Casey became the first back-to-back winner in the 19 years of the Valspar Championship. The only other multiple winners: K.J. Choi (2002, 2006) and Retief Goosen (2003, 2009).
Casey’s 1-over 72 was the highest final-round score by a winner at Valspar.
The tournament has been decided by one stroke or gone to a playoff in 10 of the last 11 years.