GOLF: pga tour comes to tampa bay
Let’s get the obvious question out of the way: Tiger Woods will not be in the field when the Valspar Championship tees off today. The PGA Tour event at Innisbrook’s Copperhead Course was pushed back two weeks this year to follow two marquee events that attract the top players. Still, the Times’ Rodney Page points out: “Considering Valspar’s new spot in the 2019 schedule, the field is not too shabby.” Indeed. That includes Dustin Johnson, the top-ranked player in the world, and defending champion Paul Casey. Beyond the golf, there are expanded entertainment options, including a Chillounge, silent disco, a Fortnite zone for gamers, a wine zone, block party and a concert by Brad Paisley on Saturday after the day’s play. Gates open at 6:30 a.m. Thursday through Friday, 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. 36750 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. $39-$300; weekly ticket book $125. Kids 15 and younger are free with a paid adult. Tickets are also sold at area Publix stores. valsparchampionship.com. (727) 942-5566. TV: Thursday-Friday, 2 p.m., Golf Channel; Saturday-Sunday, 3 p.m., NBC.
ALSO PLAYING: JUNIOR ROLLER DERBY: Spring Break Swarm 2019 brings three days of flat-track action featuring teen teams — male and female — from across the country. 4 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. Sunday. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $15, $35 three days. (813) 421-2688.
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING: The regular season is winding down and so is your chance to see the NHL’s best team before the playoffs start. The Boston Bruins come to town on Monday. 7:30 p.m. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Prices vary by game. (813) 301-6500. TV: Fox Sun; radio: 970-AM.
TAMPA BAY RAYS: The home team travels up from Port Charlotte for their final two spring games before the start of the regular season. On Monday, the Tampa Bay Rays are in Clearwater to play the Philadelphia Phillies (1:05 p.m.) at Spectrum Field, and Tuesday the Rays face the Detroit Tigers (12:35 p.m.) as they move to Tropicana Field. For local spring-training schedules, tickets and locations, visit bit.ly/grapefruitinfo. For Rays information, call (941) 235-5025.