Palm Harbor, Schauffele and Harman favorites

After finishing 54th in The Players, Francesco Molinari is returning to compete on the PGA Tour

by Andrea Gussoni
Palm Harbor, Schauffele and Harman favorites
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After finishing 54th in The Players, Francesco Molinari is returning to compete on the PGA Tour. The Turin native will be among the 155 competitors at the Valspar Championship, taking place from tomorrow until Sunday, March 24th, in Palm Harbor, Florida.

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The event, spanning 72 holes, will feature a total prize purse of $8.4 million, with $1.512 million allocated to the winner. As the thirteenth event of the regular season, it will also see ten of the top thirty players in the world participating.

Among the spotlighted contenders within the Top 10 are American players Xander Schauffele (gold medalist at the Tokyo Olympics) and Brian Harman, ranked 5th and 8th in the world respectively, both coming off second-place finishes in The Players, won by Scottie Scheffler.

Other notable contenders include Keegan Bradley, Jordan Spieth (winner in 2015), Sam Burns (victorious in both 2021 and 2022), Cameron Young, Nick Taylor, Sepp Straka, Justin Thomas, and Tony Finau. Defending his sole title on the circuit, secured in 2023, will be American Taylor Moore.

Among the past winners are Canadian Adam Hadwin (2017), American Gary Woodland (2011), and Englishman Luke Donald (2012), who served as the captain of the European team at the Ryder Cup in Rome and has been confirmed for the 2025 challenge in New York.

Molinari will be paired for the first two rounds of the competition with Stewart Cink and Daniel Berger. Francesco Molinari is an Italian golfer. He is the younger brother of Edoardo Molinari. On 22 July 2018 he entered the history of Italian golf by becoming the first Italian to have won a major tournament with the victory of the 147th British Open.[2] On 18 November 2018 he won the Race to Dubai and became the first Italian in the history of golf to win the prize of best European player.[3] He entered the history of world golf during the 42nd edition of the Ryder Cup held in France in 2018, becoming the first player to win 5 matches out of 5 bringing as many points to the European team, and he also scored the last point which gave the trophy to the hosts, defeating the world famous champion Phil Mickelson in a one-sided match.

His collaboration with the English player Tommy Fleetwood, a very famous couple who remained unbeaten in all their matches, will also remain in history.

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