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Scott favourite Senden defends in Tampa

(Photo: Bruce Young)
The PGA Tour remains in Florida this week for the Valspar Championship at the Innisbrook Resort's Copperhead layout at Palm Harbor near Tampa.

Defending the title he won by a shot over Kevin Na last year is Australian John Senden who added to his previous good record in the event which has included two runner-up finishes in addition to his victory.

Senden has not played all that well in 2015 although a look back at his record prior to his win last year indicates similar form so a return to a venue where he has experienced so many good finishes might inspire him to a another good week.

Henrik Stenson is the leading world ranked player in the field although for the Swede it will be the very first time he has played the event. Stenson, though, has played well of late including when 4th last week in Miami in what was just his 4th start of the year.

Adam Scott returned to competitive golf last week for the first time in 2015 and did very well to finish in a share of 4th with Stenson. Scott's record in this event is not good having not recorded a top twenty in any of his four starts but he will be buoyed by a great week last week.

The man who has one of his best records in this event is Luke Donald. Donald has had one win and three top six finishes in his last four starts in the event and gave an indication that he is not far from where he needs to be to continue his good record when he finished 7th at the recent Honda Classic.

Jordan Spieth has been 7th and 20th in his two starts in the event but he is a much better player now and but for one hiccup at Torrey Pines his season to date in 2015 has been good.

Jim Furyk is another with a good record in this tournament including his win in 2010. He was also runner-up in 2012. Furyk is playing well in 2015 and might be one to watch in terms of a possible winner.

Australians in the field other than Scott and Senden are Mark Leishman, Rod Pampling, Robert Allenby and Steve Bowditch.

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