Valspar Championship field shaping up, but still no Tiger

The tournament added world No. 6 Jon Rahm on Tuesday, the highest-ranked player to commit so far.
Jon Rahm hits from the second fairway during the second round of the Phoenix Open PGA  in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Jon Rahm hits from the second fairway during the second round of the Phoenix Open PGA in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Published February 12

The field for the Valspar Championship continues to grow. On Tuesday, Jon Rahm added his name to a list that already has some recognizable players. Rahm, who played on the 2018 European Ryder Cup team, will make his first appearance at Innisbrook when the tournament begins March 21.

Some other players who have already committed include Sergio Garcia (2017 Masters champion), Bubba Watson (2012, 2014 Masters winner), Webb Simpson (2018 Players Championship winner and 2012 U.S. Open champ), Henrik Stenson (2016 British Open champ), Brandt Snedeker (2012 Fed Ex Cup champ), Tommy Fleetwood (world-ranked No. 14) and previous Valspar winners Gary Woodland (2011) and Kevin Streelman (2013).

The most notable player from last year’s field who has not committed is Tiger Woods. Don’t expect a decision on that to come soon. Woods will play in this week’s Genesis Open in California and decide his schedule from there. He did not commit to the Valspar Championship until the Friday morning before the week of last year’s tournament. Also uncommitted are Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, both of whom played in last year’s tournament.

This year’s Valspar Championship is two weeks later than in previous seasons. It is now the week after the Player’s Championship in Ponte Vedra. The deadline to commit to the tournament is Friday, March 15 at 5 p.m.

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