PALM HARBOR Every year during this time, Valspar Championship officials recover a list of players committed to a tournament, those approaching to dedicate and those who have not definitively pronounced no. For a initial time given it became a PGA Tour eventuality in 2000, Tiger Woods is on a list.
“Really, this is a best chance,” Valspar contest executive Tracy West said. “Actually, about winter of final year we suspicion maybe maybe, though afterwards that didnt happen. But if there was ever a time. we stay in consistent hit with his agent, Mark Steinberg. We are still on a probability list. At slightest we are not a no.”
Woods has never played a PGA Tour eventuality during Innisbrook. He did play on a Copperhead Course in 1999 when it was a mixed-team event. Woods will play subsequent week during a Genesis Open in Los Angeles. He is not committed to any tournaments past that as of now.
West believes she will hear something presumably approach in a days following a Genesis Open. If Woods does confirm to play, it will hint a whole new set of logistics.
“I would consider unequivocally early a week after Genesis were going to know one approach or another,” West said. “His group knows that we dont only snap your fingers and be prepared for Tiger. He does dramatically change your operation like no other actor does. You have to change everything, your volunteers, how most food we have, your parking. Everything. He creates that large of a difference. A lot of players pierce a meter, he unequivocally moves a meter.”
The margin already has a few considerable commitments. Rory McIlroy will play for a initial time. Defending Masters champion Sergio Garcia will play here for a initial time given 2013. Bubba Watson is also approaching to be in a field. Another actor on a probability list is 2015 champ Jordan Spieth. The contest starts Mar 8.
Defending champ returns
Canadian Adam Hadwin flew from a West Coast to attend media day during Innisbrook on Thursday. In a morning he took batting use during a Toronto Blue Jays use trickery in Dunedin. He played 9 holes on a Copperhead Course with Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson in a afternoon, afterwards designed to attend a Lightning home diversion opposite Vancouver.
“Gotta base for a Canucks,” Hadwin said.
This is a initial time Hadwin has been behind given winning a contest in March. There are cinema of him on a streets streamer to a Copperhead and signs during a entrances that read, “Welcome back, Adam.”
“It brings behind a lot of good memories,” Hadwin said. “But a also intensely uncanny to see my face on some of a posters. Ive been joking around that we see Rory (McIlroy) and Dustin (Johnson), those are a guys we see on posters. But a flattering neat. we only wish to come behind and play good again.”
West would like to put a hindrance to some rumors she has listened about a contest presumably relocating behind to a tumble report as early as 2019.
“We are not relocating to a fall, period,” West said. “We are here by 2020 during a unclothed minimum. This contest is on extensive footing.”
She did contend it was probable a contest shifts to a opposite week in Mar in a nearby future.
“One of a categorical reasons we chose golf was as an contestant we couldnt hoop losing when we played well. we could play basketball or we could play ball and we could go 4-for-4 with 3 stolen bases and dual home runs and still remove a game. we had a unequivocally formidable time usurpation that. So we went into a competition where if we didnt play good adequate to win afterwards we have to play better. Its all on me.” Hadwin
The Monday luminary pro-am will continue to be sealed to a public. It is mostly filled with stream and former athletes. Two new players this year are former UCF/current Nebraska football manager Scott Frost and Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald. This will be a third contest given a greens and fairways were overhauled and a new drainage complement was put in place. “I cant consider of a time when a territory has been this good before to a tournament,” Innisbrook executive of golf Bobby Barnes said.