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Thomas favored ahead of DJ at Valspar

by Will Gray
Updated On: April 27, 2021, 8:40 pm ET

The betting favorite this week at the Valspar Championship isn't the world No. 1, and it isn't the two-time defending champ. Instead, this week at Innisbrook everyone will be looking to chase down Justin Thomas.

The Copperhead Course plays host to the fifth and final Florida event on the PGA Tour calendar this year, as the Valspar moves from its previous mid-March date to the final week of April. A strong field will tee it up on one of the more underrated venues on Tour, as Dustin Johnson returns after a near-miss in 2019 and Paul Casey looks to lift the paintbrush trophy for the third time in a row.

But it's Thomas, a winner earlier this year in Florida at TPC Sawgrass, who will begin the week as the betting favorite. Oddsmakers at PointsBet Sportsbook opened him at +800 as he makes his first appearance near Tampa since a missed cut in 2017. Johnson is next on the board at +1000, followed by two-time runner-up Patrick Reed, while Casey headlines the duo at +2000.

Here's a look at the other notable odds this week at Innisbrook, as players head to a bastion of ball-striking with the PGA Championship now just three weeks away:

Odds to win Valspar Championship (via PointsBet)

+800: Justin Thomas

+1000: Dustin Johnson

+1700: Patrick Reed

+2000: Paul Casey, Corey Conners

+2500: Louis Oosthuizen, Viktor Hovland

+3000: Abraham Ancer, Sungjae Im, Scottie Scheffler, Tyrrell Hatton

+3500: Joaquin Niemann, Russell Henley

+4000: Jason Kokrak

+5000: Bubba Watson, Cameron Tringale, Charley Hoffman, Chris Kirk, Emiliano Grillo, Justin Rose, Ryan Palmer

+6000: Kevin Na

+7000: Keegan Bradley, Kevin Kisner, Kevin Streelman, Lucas Glover, Max Homa

+8000: Branden Grace, Cameron Davis, Charles Howell III, Gary Woodland, Sam Burns, Talor Gooch

+10000: Adam Hadwin, Alex Noren, Brandt Snedeker, Cameron Champ, Danny Willett, Denny McCarthy, Doug Ghim, Erik van Rooyen, Henrik Stenson, Ian Poulter, Lanto Griffin, Phil Mickelson, Peter Uihlein

+15000: Andrew Putnam, Camilo Villegas, Charl Schwartzel, Doc Redman, James Hahn, Jhonattan Vegas, John Huh, J.T. Poston, Keith Mitchell, Luke List, Mackenzie Hughes, Martin Laird, Patton Kizzire, Matthew NeSmith, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Rasmus Hojgaard, Richy Werenski, Rory Sabbatini, Russell Knox, Ryan Moore, Sam Horsfield, Sam Ryder, Sepp Straka, Tom Lewis, Zach Johnson

+20000: Adam Schenk, Jason Dufner, K.H. Lee, Brice Garnett, Pat Perez, Tom Hoge, Wyndham Clark

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Will Gray

Will Gray manages betting, fantasy and DFS content for NBC Sports EDGE across Golf, Soccer and NASCAR. He has covered the PGA Tour since 2013 and regularly contributes golf betting insight and analysis across multiple digital platforms. Gray has been with NBC Sports since 2007 and recently served as a writer, video analyst and podcast host for Golf Channel. You can follow him on Twitter @WillGrayGC