Jon Rahm will compete in the Valspar Championship starting this Thursday, making his debut in this PGA Tour tournament in Tampa. He’ll be playing for the first time on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort.
And one of the reasons for this new incorporation on his calendar is precisely the course. “I’ve heard it’s really demanding and tough, the perfect test to see how your game measures up in every aspect. I’m eager to take on the challenge”, he remarked on Wednesday.
Rahm played nine holes on Tuesday and another nine holes on Wednesday in the Pro-AM round. It’s a calm week after after the storm on Rahm’s agenda, coming off THE PLAYERS, and before the next storm at the WGC Match Play, and the Masters is in three weeks already. Golf at its finest.
Rahm’s game is in top shape now going into Valspar. He proved it last week in THE PLAYERS, where he fought hard for the win up until the very end. In fact, he started in sole possession of first place on Sunday. However, that being said, there is one aspect of his game that still hasn’t fully hit its sweet spot, which will be put to the test this week. It’s his short game around the green. It will be a good test, mainly in light of the upcoming Masters, where the capacity for recovery is crucial to hold a position at the top of the pack.
The Copperhead Course is one of the most difficult courses of the year in the PGA Tour. The last three holes, known as the Snake Pit, is the third most difficult finale on a course in the PGA Tour apart from the Majors. The only ones that surpass it are Quail Hollow and Muirfield Village. It will be an incredible challenge for the golfer from Barrika, without a doubt. .