|Location||Palm Harbor, Florida|
|Length||7,340 yards (6,710 m)|
|Prize fund||$5.5 million|
|Tournament record score|
|Aggregate||266 Vijay Singh (2004)|
|To par||−18 Vijay Singh (2004)|
The tournament was founded in 2000 as the Tampa Bay Classic. It was originally an alternate event played the same week as the Presidents Cup in 2000, and the same week as the WGC-American Express Championship in 2002. It was supposed to be played the same week as the WGC-American Express Championship on September 13–16, 2001. However, the September 11 attacks forced the cancellations of both tournaments.
Since 2007, the Tampa Bay event has been played in March. For a time the tournament was without a title sponsor, leading to speculation on its fate beyond 2007. Then, on January 24, 2007, tournament officials and the PGA Tour announced a six-year sponsorship agreement with the PODS of Clearwater, Florida. However, the company chose to exercise an option to withdraw as title sponsor after the 2008 event, and tournament officials searched to find a replacement. On June 4, 2008, Transitions Optical, Inc., the photochromic lens manufacturer headquartered locally in Largo, Florida, was announced as the new title sponsor. Transitions left the event after the 2012 season. Just two weeks before the 2013 tournament, EverBank agreed to be presenting sponsor for the tournament. In September 2013, Valspar Corporation signed a four-year deal to become title sponsor of the event, now named the Valspar Championship.
The players with the most wins in the event are Retief Goosen (2003 and 2009), and K. J. Choi (2002 and 2006). Goosen is also the tournament's leading money winner, with over $2 million in earnings at the event.
The tournament record was set by Vijay Singh in 2004 with a winning total of 266 (−18).
|Date||Winner||Country||Score||1st prize ($)||Purse ($)|
|Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank|
|Mar 17, 2013||Kevin Streelman||United States||274 (−10)||990,000||5,500,000|
|Mar 18, 2012||Luke Donald||England||271 (−13)||990,000||5,500,000|
|Mar 20, 2011||Gary Woodland||United States||269 (−15)||990,000||5,500,000|
|Mar 21, 2010||Jim Furyk||United States||271 (−13)||972,000||5,400,000|
|Mar 22, 2009||Retief Goosen (2)||South Africa||276 (−8)||972,000||5,400,000|
|Mar 9, 2008||Sean O'Hair||United States||280 (−4)||954,000||5,300,000|
|Mar 11, 2007||Mark Calcavecchia||United States||274 (−10)||954,000||5,300,000|
|Oct 29, 2006||K. J. Choi (2)||South Korea||271 (−13)||954,000||5,300,000|
|Oct 30, 2005||Carl Pettersson||Sweden||275 (−9)||954,000||5,300,000|
|Oct 31, 2004||Vijay Singh||Fiji||266 (−18)||900,000||5,000,000|
|Nov 2, 2003||Retief Goosen||South Africa||272 (−12)||864,000||4,800,000|
|Tampa Bay Classic presented by Buick|
|Sep 22, 2002||K. J. Choi||South Korea||267 (−17)||468,000||2,600,000|
|Tampa Bay Classic|
|Sep 16, 2001||Canceled due to the September 11 attacks|
|Oct 22, 2000||John Huston||United States||271 (−13)||432,000||2,400,000|
Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
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