Valspar Championship

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Valspar Championship
Valspar Championship logo.png
Tournament information
LocationPalm Harbor, Florida
Course(s)Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club
Copperhead Course
Length7,340 yards (6,712 m)
Organized byThe Copperheads
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fundUS$6,900,000
Month playedApril/May
Tournament record score
Aggregate266 Vijay Singh (2004)
To par−18 as above
Current champion
United States Sam Burns
Location Map
Innisbrook Resort is located in the United States
Innisbrook Resort
Innisbrook Resort
Location in the United States
Innisbrook Resort is located in Florida
Innisbrook Resort
Innisbrook Resort
Location in Florida

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 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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3] On June 4, 2008, Transitions Optical, Inc., the photochromic lens manufacturer headquartered locally in Largo, was announced as the new title sponsor.[4] Transitions left the event after the 2012 season. Just two weeks before the 2013 tournament, EverBank agreed to be presenting sponsor for the tournament.[5] In September 2013, Valspar Corporation signed a four-year deal to become title sponsor of the event, now named the Valspar Championship.[6] 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.[7]

Vijay Singh set the tournament record in 2004 with 266 (−18) and won by five strokes.


Year Winner Score To par Margin of
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
Purse ($)
Valspar Championship
2021 United States Sam Burns 267 −17 3 strokes United States Keegan Bradley 1,242,000 6,900,000
2020 Canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic[8]
2019 England Paul Casey (2) 276 −8 1 stroke United States Jason Kokrak
South Africa Louis Oosthuizen
1,206,000 6,700,000
2018 England Paul Casey 274 −10 1 stroke United States Patrick Reed
United States Tiger Woods
1,170,000 6,500,000
2017 Canada Adam Hadwin 270 −14 1 stroke United States Patrick Cantlay 1,134,000 6,300,000
2016 South Africa Charl Schwartzel 277 −7 Playoff United States Bill Haas 1,098,000 6,100,000
2015 United States Jordan Spieth 274 −10 Playoff United States Sean O'Hair
United States Patrick Reed
1,062,000 5,900,000
2014 Australia John Senden 277 −7 1 stroke United States Kevin Na 1,026,000 5,700,000
Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank
2013 United States Kevin Streelman 274 −10 2 strokes United States Boo Weekley 990,000 5,500,000
Transitions Championship
2012 England Luke Donald 271 −13 Playoff South Korea Bae Sang-moon
United States Jim Furyk
United States Robert Garrigus
990,000 5,500,000
2011 United States Gary Woodland 269 −15 1 stroke United States Webb Simpson 990,000 5,500,000
2010 United States Jim Furyk 271 −13 1 stroke South Korea K. J. Choi 972,000 5,400,000
2009 South Africa Retief Goosen (2) 276 −8 1 stroke United States Charles Howell III
United States Brett Quigley
972,000 5,400,000
PODS Championship
2008 United States Sean O'Hair 280 −4 2 strokes United States Stewart Cink
Japan Ryuji Imada
United States Troy Matteson
United States Billy Mayfair
United States George McNeill
Australia John Senden
954,000 5,300,000
2007 United States Mark Calcavecchia 274 −10 1 stroke Australia John Senden
United States Heath Slocum
954,000 5,300,000
Chrysler Championship
2006 South Korea K. J. Choi (2) 271 −13 4 strokes United States Paul Goydos
United States Brett Wetterich
954,000 5,300,000
2005 Sweden Carl Pettersson 275 −9 1 stroke United States Chad Campbell 954,000 5,300,000
2004 Fiji Vijay Singh 266 −18 5 strokes United States Tommy Armour III
Sweden Jesper Parnevik
900,000 5,000,000
2003 South Africa Retief Goosen 272 −12 3 strokes Fiji Vijay Singh 864,000 4,800,000
Tampa Bay Classic presented by Buick
2002 South Korea K. J. Choi 267 −17 7 strokes United States Glen Day 468,000 2,600,000
Tampa Bay Classic
2001 Canceled due to the September 11 attacks
2000 United States John Huston 271 −13 3 strokes United States Carl Paulson 432,000 2,400,000

Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.

Multiple winners[edit]

Three players have won this tournament more than once:


  1. ^ "2001 PGA Tour Schedule". USA Today. December 17, 2001. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
  2. ^ "Tampa Event Named PODS Championship". Golf Channel. January 24, 2007. Retrieved March 1, 2016.
  3. ^ Page, Rodney (March 8, 2008). "Finding sponsor top priority". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved April 6, 2008.
  4. ^ "Transitions Optical preserves Tampa leg of Florida swing". PGA Tour. June 4, 2008. Retrieved September 24, 2008.
  5. ^ Harwell, Drew (March 1, 2013). "EverBank to sponsor PGA event at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  6. ^ "Valspar commits to four-year sponsorship of PGA Tour event in Tampa Bay". PGA Tour. September 6, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  7. ^ "Valspar extends title sponsorship of PGA Tour's Valspar Championship through 2020". PGA Tour. March 9, 2016. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  8. ^ Lavner, Ryan (March 12, 2020). "PGA Tour cancels Players and other events thru April 5th". Golf Channel. Retrieved March 12, 2020.

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Coordinates: 28°06′40″N 82°45′14″W / 28.111°N 82.754°W / 28.111; -82.754