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XANDER SCHAUFFELE TO MAKE VALSPAR CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT

Xander Schauffele, who won the Gold Medal at last summer’s Olympic Games in Japan, will make his Valspar Championship debut in March.  Schauffele, 28, has four PGA TOUR victories since 2017 and is currently ranked 7th in the Official World Golf Ranking.  He is known for his outstanding play in Major Championships with nine top 10s in the last 19 Majors, including runner-up finishes at the 2019 Masters and 2018 Open Championship.

With Schauffele in the field, the Valspar Championship now has commitments from four of the top 12 players in the OWGR (also #3 Dustin Johnson, #11 defending champion Sam Burns and #12 Louis Oosthuizen), plus #17 Brooks Koepka.

Other recent commitments are two prominent South African golfers, OWGR #48 Christiaan Bezuidenhout and OWGR #69 Branden Grace, as well as former OWGR #1 Luke Donald who won on the Copperhead in 2012.

The Valspar Championship, Tampa Bay’s PGA TOUR event, will be held March 14-20 on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort.  One of the PGA TOUR’s fastest-growing events since Valspar assumed sponsorship in 2014, the tournament is now a week-long community event with many activities for patrons.

The first round of competition, on Thursday, March 17th, occurs on St. Patrick’s Day with all in attendance, including players, encouraged to wear green.  Saturday will see the return of Valspar LIVE, a free concert for all patrons, with Country superstar Chris Young and featured guests Big & Rich.  When the 2022 champion is crowned on Sunday, it will be Champa Bay Day with guests from other Tampa Bay area sports champions.  As usual, tournament sponsor Valspar has an impressive number of colorful activations planned around the tournament, including a 2nd Be Bright mural to be created at Tampa General Hospital, a Tiny Home painted in Valspar’s 2022 Colors of the Year and a paint by numbers mural for fans to finish during the week.

And, remember, kids 15 and under are free with a paid ticket.

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