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Why the Valspar Championship Field Size Varies

The Valspar Championship, set against the picturesque backdrop of Innisbrook Resort's Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor, Florida, is about to tee off. But this year, the field size isn't a fixed number—it's a dynamic range that could include anywhere from 144 to 154 players. Let's delve into the reasons behind this intriguing variation.

The Original Field Size

Initially, the Valspar Championship was slated to feature 144 players. However, tournament organizers made a strategic decision earlier in 2024 to expand the field. Their goal? To provide more playing opportunities for fully exempt TOUR members, including those from the Korn Ferry Tour, DP World Tour, and PGA TOUR Q-School presented by Korn Ferry graduates.

Expanding to Accommodate

With this objective in mind, the field was expanded to as many as 156 players. But how did we end up with the current range of 144 to 154? Including all commitments through fully exempt categories, the Valspar field was initially set at 155 players. However, a withdrawal by Garrick Higgo on Wednesday afternoon brought the count down to 154 players. (Higgo's absence shifted the tee times, with Ben Griffin and Matt NeSmith now forming a twosome.)

Alternates and the Magic Number

Here's the twist: Alternates won't step in unless the field drops below the magic threshold of 144 players. Currently, Patton Kizzire holds the first alternate spot, followed closely by Kevin Chappell. If necessary, this provision will also apply to next week's Texas Children's Houston Open and the following week's Valero Texas Open.

So, as the Valspar Championship unfolds, keep an eye on the player count—it's a dynamic field where every stroke matters!

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