|Location||Palm Harbor, Florida|
|Course(s)||Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club|
|Length||7,340 yards (6,710 m)|
|Organized by||The Copperheads|
|Tournament record score|
|Aggregate||266 Vijay Singh (2004)|
|To par||−18 as above|
The Valspar Championship is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour, played annually on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor, northwest of Tampa, Florida.
The tournament was founded in 2000 as the Tampa Bay Classic, and was originally an alternate event in autumn and late summer. It replaced the JCPenney Classic, held annually in central Florida since 1960, and at Innisbrook since 1990. It was opposite the Presidents Cup in October 2000, and the same week as the WGC-American Express Championship in September 2002. It was scheduled for the same week as the WGC-American Express Championship in 2001 in mid-September, but the September 11 attacks (on Tuesday) forced the cancellations of both tournaments.
From 2003 to 2006, the Tampa Bay event had a slot in the schedule to itself in late October (and early November in 2003) as the last full-field event before the Tour Championship. The Chrysler Corporation was the title sponsor.
Since 2007, the Tampa Bay event has been played in March, as the Players Championship moved six weeks later, to mid-May. 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 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, 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. On March 9, 2016, the PGA Tour, Valspar Corporation, and Copperhead Charities – the Valspar Championship host organization – announced a three-year title sponsorship extension, thus carrying Valspar's commitment to the tournament through 2020. This extension occurred in the midst of the original contract period, which was from 2013 to 2017.
Vijay Singh set the tournament record in 2004 with 266 (−18) and won by five strokes.
|Year||Winner||Score||To par||Margin of
|2023||Taylor Moore||274||−10||1 stroke||Adam Schenk||8,100,000||1,458,000|
|2022||Sam Burns (2)||267||−17||Playoff||Davis Riley||7,800,000||1,404,000|
|2021||Sam Burns||267||−17||3 strokes||Keegan Bradley||6,900,000||1,242,000|
|2020||Canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic|
|2019||Paul Casey (2)||276||−8||1 stroke|| Jason Kokrak
|2018||Paul Casey||274||−10||1 stroke|| Patrick Reed
|2017||Adam Hadwin||270||−14||1 stroke||Patrick Cantlay||6,300,000||1,134,000|
|2016||Charl Schwartzel||277||−7||Playoff||Bill Haas||6,100,000||1,098,000|
|2015||Jordan Spieth||274||−10||Playoff|| Sean O'Hair
|2014||John Senden||277||−7||1 stroke||Kevin Na||5,700,000||1,026,000|
|Tampa Bay Championship|
|2013||Kevin Streelman||274||−10||2 strokes||Boo Weekley||5,500,000||990,000|
|2012||Luke Donald||271||−13||Playoff|| Bae Sang-moon
|2011||Gary Woodland||269||−15||1 stroke||Webb Simpson||5,500,000||990,000|
|2010||Jim Furyk||271||−13||1 stroke||K. J. Choi||5,400,000||972,000|
|2009||Retief Goosen (2)||276||−8||1 stroke|| Charles Howell III
|2008||Sean O'Hair||280||−4||2 strokes|| Stewart Cink
|2007||Mark Calcavecchia||274||−10||1 stroke|| John Senden
|2006||K. J. Choi (2)||271||−13||4 strokes|| Paul Goydos
|2005||Carl Pettersson||275||−9||1 stroke||Chad Campbell||5,300,000||954,000|
|2004||Vijay Singh||266||−18||5 strokes|| Tommy Armour III
|2003||Retief Goosen||272||−12||3 strokes||Vijay Singh||4,800,000||864,000|
|Tampa Bay Classic|
|2002||K. J. Choi||267||−17||7 strokes||Glen Day||2,600,000||468,000|
|2001||Canceled due to the September 11 attacks|
|2000||John Huston||271||−13||3 strokes||Carl Paulson||2,400,000||432,000|
Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Four players have won this tournament more than once:
- K. J. Choi (2002, 2006)
- Retief Goosen (2003, 2009)
- Paul Casey (2018, 2019)
- Sam Burns (2021, 2022)
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- ^ Page, Rodney (March 8, 2008). "Finding sponsor top priority". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved April 6, 2008.
- ^ "Transitions Optical preserves Tampa leg of Florida swing". PGA Tour. June 4, 2008. Retrieved September 24, 2008.
- ^ Harwell, Drew (March 1, 2013). "EverBank to sponsor PGA event at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
- ^ "Valspar commits to four-year sponsorship of PGA Tour event in Tampa Bay". PGA Tour. September 6, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
- ^ "Valspar extends title sponsorship of PGA Tour's Valspar Championship through 2020". PGA Tour. March 9, 2016. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
- ^ Lavner, Ryan (March 12, 2020). "PGA Tour cancels Players and other events thru April 5th". Golf Channel. Retrieved March 12, 2020.