Golf Glance

Field Level Media's Golf Glance provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.

PGA TOUR

LAST TOURNAMENT: The Players Championship (Rory McIlroy)

THIS WEEK: Valspar Championship, March 21-24

Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead), Palm Harbor, Fla. (Par 71, 7,340 yards)

Purse: $6.7 million (Winner: $1.206 million and 500 FedEx Cup points)

Defending champion: Paul Casey

FedEx Cup leader: McIlroy

Television: Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (NBC).

This event is the anchor leg of the Florida Swing, with 87 of the 144 players from The Players Championship scheduled to be in the field. ... Copperhead has ranked as one of the two toughest par-71 courses among non-majors each of the past six years. ... Jim Furyk has made the cut in all nine attempts, with a win in 2010 among five top-15 finishes. ... Patrick Reed has made 15 consecutive cuts worldwide and has a 69.625 scoring average on Copperhead over the past four years. ... World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, the only player to post four sub-70 rounds at The Players, makes his first appearance since 2010. He missed the cut in both previous attempts. ... The three-hole closing stretch is known as "The Snake Pit," with none of the holes averaging under par since the tournament debuted in '10. ...

NEXT WEEK: WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Austin, Texas; Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, Dominican Republic

LPGA TOUR

LAST TOURNAMENT: HSBC Women's World Championship (Sung Hyun Park)

THIS WEEK: Bank of Hope Founders Cup, March 21-24

Wildfire Golf Club, Phoenix (Par 72, 6,656 yards)

Purse: $1.5 million (Winner: $225,000)

Defending champion: Inbee Park

CME Globe leader: Nelly Korda

Television: Thursday-Sunday, 6-9 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)

South Koreans have won three of the first five tournaments of 2019 (Eun-Hee Ji, Amy Yang, Sung Hyun Park). ... Korda leads the Tour with four top-10 finishes. She also leads the official money list ($380,493) as well as the U.S. Solheim Cup Team Standings with 347 points. ... The average age of winners this year is 26.2. ... Inbee Park is one of six former event champions in the field. ... South Korea's Sei Young Kim holds the tournament scoring record of 261 set in 2016.

NEXT WEEK: Kia Classic, Carlsbad, Calif.

CHAMPIONS TOUR

LAST TOURNAMENT: Hoag Classic (Kirk Triplett)

THIS WEEK: OFF.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: Rapiscan Systems Classic, Biloxi, Miss., March 29-31

--Field Level Media

03/19/2019 15:09

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