PGA Tour Valspar Championship

Retief Goosen
Retief Goosen is one of the 2-time winners of the Valspar Championship in Tampa. Cy Jariz Cyr/Getty Images

The Valspar Championship is the PGA Tour's stop in the Tampa/St. Petersburg Greater Metropolitan Area in Florida. This tournament is played during the "Florida Swing" portion of the PGA Tour schedule. In recent years it was also called the Transitions Championship and the Tampa Bay Championship.

2019 Valspar Championship
Paul Casey became the first back-to-back champion in tournament history, winning by one stroke over runners-up Louis Oosthuizen and Jason Kokrak. Casey fired a final-round 72 to finish at 8-under 276. It was Casey's third career win on the PGA Tour.

2018 Tournament
A round of 65 in the final round pushed Paul Casey to the victory. Casey finished at 10-under 274, one stroke ahead of runners-up Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed. It was Woods' best finish so far in his comeback attempt. For Casey, it was his first PGA Tour win since 2009 and his second overall.

2017 Valspar Championship
Adam Hadwin claimed a 1-stroke victory over Patrick Cantlay, finishing at 14-under 270. It was the first career victory on the PGA Tour for Hadwin. Jim Herman and Dominic Bozzelli tied for third.

Valspar Championship Records:

  • 72-hole record: 266 - Vijay Singh, 2004
  • 18-hole record: 61 - Padraig Harrington, 2012

Valspar Championship Golf Course:

The Valspar Championship is played today on the same course it debuted on, and has been played there each year: The Copperhead Course at the Westin Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla.

Valspar Championship Trivia and Notes:

  • The tournament began as the Tampa Bay Classic in 2000. Chrysler, Pods and Transitions have been title sponsors in the past.
  • This event was canceled in 2001 in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. The tournament had been schedule for the following weekend.
  • K.J. Choi (2002, 2006) was the first 2-time winner of the Valspar Championship. Paul Casey (2018-19) was the first back-to-back winner.
  • In its earlier years, the tournament was played in the later part of the PGA Tour schedule, first as an opposite-field event (played the same week as the Presidents Cup in 2000, then the same week as the WGC American Express Championship in 2002), then as the lead-in to the Tour Championship. Beginning in 2007, the tournament moved to the front part of the schedule.
  • John Daly pulled then-Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden from outside the ropes to caddie for him during part of the first round in 2008. Instructor Butch Harmon cited Daly's behavior at the tournament (where Daly allegedly had a little too much to drink during a rain delay) when he dropped Daly as a client.

    PGA Tour Valspar Championship Winners:

    (p-won playoff)

    Valspar Championship
    2019 - Paul Casey, 276
    2018 - Paul Casey, 274
    2017 - Adam Hadwin, 270
    2016 - Charl Schwartzel-p, 277
    2015 - Jordan Spieth-p, 274

    Tampa Bay Championship
    2014 - John Senden, 277
    2013 - Kevin Streelman, 274

    Transitions Championship
    2012 - Luke Donald-p, 271
    2011 - Gary Woodland, 269
    2010 - Jim Furyk, 271
    2009 - Retief Goosen, 276

    Pods Championship
    2008 - Sean O'Hair, 280
    2007 - Mark Calcavecchia, 274

    Chrysler Championship
    2006 - K.J. Choi, 271
    2005 - Carl Pettersson, 275
    2004 - Vijay Singh, 266
    2003 - Retief Goosen, 272

    Tampa Bay Classic
    2002 - K.J. Choi, 267
    2001 - not played
    2000 - John Huston, 271