First Round Leader Odds at 2022 Valspar Championship

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  • The Valspar Championship from Palm Harbor, FL tees off Thursday, March 17th
  • Victor Hovland and Justin Thomas are +2200 co-favorites to lead after the first round
  • See the best bets and odds to grab the first-round lead in the article below 

A strong field featuring five of the top-ten golfers in the world is teeing it up at the Valspar Championship. Among those top players are Victor Hovland and Justin Thomas, who are co-favorites to win in the Valspar Championship odds. They’re also most likely to grab the first round lead in the eyes of oddsmakers.

The other top-ten golfers competing are Collin Morikawa, Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele. They’ll be faced with a track that has a very challenging final three holes nicknamed ‘the snake pit’. There are also plenty of opportunities for Valspar Championship sleepers and longshots to make some noise.

2022 Valspar Championship First Round Leader Odds

Golfers Odds Tee Time
Victor Hovland +2200 8:24am
Justin Thomas +2200 1:03pm
Collin Morikawa +2500 8:24am
Louis Oosthuizen +2500 8:35am
Xander Schauffele +2500 1:25pm
Dustin Johnson +3000 8:13am
Jason Kokrak +3500 8:35am
Matt Fitzpatrick +3500 9:08am
Sam Burns +3500 1:25pm
Tyrrell Hatton +3500 1:36pm
Brooks Koepka +4000 8:35am
Shane Lowry +4000 1:14pm
Abraham Ancer +4500 8:24am
Keegan Bradley +5000 8:57am
Bubba Watson +6000 8:13am

Odds as of March 16th at DraftKings Sportsbook

The forecast is expected to be mainly sunny throughout the day in Florida. Temperatures will be in the mid 60’s for the morning, reaching low 70’s for the afternoon. Wind gusts will be pretty well consistent for all of Thursday, between seven and nine miles per hour.

A benefit for those teeing it up in the morning is the exact same as it is every week – less bumpy greens with fewer players chewing them up.

Victor Hovland on a Tear

In his last nine tournaments, Viktor Hovland has been sensational, racking up three victories, and has posted seven top-ten finishes in that time frame. He’s found himself deep in contention at the Genesis Invitational, Arnold Palmer Invitational and Players Championship in his last three starts.

He’s also one of the top players on Thursdays this season.

2021-22 PGA Tour First Round Scoring Average Leaders

Golfer Average Score Odds
7. Patton Kizzire 68.15 +9000
8. Matt Kuchar 68.33 +10000
12. Jhonattan Vegas 68.60 +10000
13. Brian Harman 68.64 +9000
15. Graeme McDowell 68.67 +14000
20. Abraham Ancer 68.78 +4500
21. Tommy Fleetwood 68.80 +6000
24. William McGirt 68.86 +20000
25. Victor Hovland 68.88 +2200
26. Sam Burns 68.90 +3500

In his last twelve rounds on tour, the Norwegian sensation is first in total strokes gained, tee-to-green, ball striking, off-the-tee, and approaching the green. He’s the co-favorite to grab the first round lead for a reason, and at +2200, the odds are still decent.

  • Pick: Victor Hovland (+2200)

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Abraham Ancer Excels at Copperhead Course

Abraham Ancer has only played this golf tournament twice, but he’s looked very comfortable on both occasions. In 2018, he was T-16th, then last year, he found himself in contention through 54 holes, before settling for fifth place.

For those eight rounds, Ancer has accumulated some impressive ‘strokes gained’ stats.

Ancer’s Strokes Gained Stats Last Eight Rounds at Copperhead Course

Total Tee-To-Green Short Game Putting Off-The-Tee Ball Striking Around-The-Green Approach
3 6 7 12 12 14 22 24

Ancer also has the sixth best scoring average in the first round, of those teeing it up this week. He’s seventh in driving accuracy on the campaign, which will come in handy in his attempt to secure more birdies and avoid bogeys.

  • Pick: Abraham Ancer (+4500)

Adam Hadwin Coming Off Strong Players Championship

Adam Hadwin enters this championship fresh off a solid T-9th showing at TPC Sawgrass. For that week, he gained over five shots on the greens compared to his competitors and over four shots approaching the green.

The Valspar Championship is also the site of his lone PGA Tour triumph, in 2017. In his last twelve rounds at this venue, he’s posted strong numbers.

Hadwin’s Strokes Gained Stats Last Twelve Rounds At Copperhead Course

Approach Ball Striking Total Tee-To-Green Short Game Around-The-Green Putting
3 5 6 6 21 23 33

His strong result at the Players Championship was his fourth finish of T-26th or better in his last six events, indicating he’s close to putting it all together. His odds to grab the first round lead is very intriguing for a past champ, and worth a dart throw for a long shot wager.

  • Pick: Adam Hadwin (+7000)

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Author: Stacy Hoffman