More of Golf’s Great Champions to Visit Destination Tampa Bay™
For the 2021 Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Copperhead Course
Two of golf’s great champions, Phil Mickelson, and Justin Rose, will now be playing in this week’s Valspar Championship. Mickelson, winner of 54 PGA TOUR tournaments including five Major Championships, last competed on the Copperhead in 2004 in a fall event. One of these players be among those attempting to deny Paul Casey, the winner on the Copperhead Course in 2018 and 2019, (Paul Casey defending champion is on the way to a three-peat).
Phil Mickerson Joins the Valspar Tournament
“We are very excited to add Phil Mickelson to our field this year, he is a great champion and fan favorite,” says Tournament Director Tracy West. “He has told us several times during the last few years that he wanted to return to Innisbrook where he won an NCAA individual championship in 1990. We are delighted that things have worked out with his schedule in 2021.” (RIGHT-Phil Mickelson of the US gestures as he walks to the 7th green during a practice round ahead of the Ryder Cup golf tournament at Gleneagles, Scotland, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. AP Photo by Scott Heppell)
Mickelson, who turned 50 last June, has been a member of 24 U.S. teams at either the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup. He has continued to turn in quality performances on the PGA TOUR, including his most recent victory at the 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Golf Champion Justin Rose Joins Valspar
Justin Rose is the winner of the first golf Gold Medal at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games, as well as 24 professional tournaments, split almost equally between the PGA TOUR and the European Tour. He is among the small number of players to have risen to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), that happening in 2018 when he won the FedExCup. One of only five golfers to win official tournaments on all six continents on which golf is played, Rose has been a member of Team Europe for six Ryder Cup competitions.
Three Other Important Golf Champions Commit
Other players have commitments this week to be among those attempting to deny Paul Casey (defending champion LEFT), the winner on the Copperhead Course in 2018 and 2019, a three-peat. The Valspar Championship features 10 of the top 30 players in the current OWGR, led by #1 Dustin Johnson and #2 Justin Thomas.
These are among the 19 players ranked in the top 50 in the OWGR that will be on the field. The commitment list is updated frequently here. TICKET UPDATE All available tickets for all four days for the Hooters Owl’s Nest at the 12th hole have been sold out. Only Thursday remains on sale for the upscale Snake Pit Hopper ticket which includes access to the tournament and the KETEL One Snake Pit Club 16G, the AmeriLife Snake Pit Club 17G and DEX Imaging Snake Pit Club 18G. Each shared hospitality open-air venue is designed for corporate and social entertainment and offers an all-included lunch buffet, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and a full-service premium bar, as well as flat-screen televisions. Grounds tickets remain on sale for all four days.
Three other important commitments this week were Kevin Kisner (RIGHT-NC WEB BL LN Kevin Kisner watches his drive from the 2nd tee box in the third round of the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Photo by Jeff Siner/Charlotte) Observer/TNS), #42 in the OWGR and winner of the 2019 WGC Dell Match Play, veteran European star Ian Poulter and 2016 PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker. They will be among those attempting to deny Paul Casey, the winner on the Copperhead Course in 2018 and 2019, a three-peat.
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