The PGA Tour will exchange Florida’s Atlantic coast for its Gulf Coast ahead of the 2023 Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor. Located right outside Tampa Bay, the course, called Innisbrook Golf Resort Copperhead Course, is a par 71 that stretches north of 7,300 yards. It’s a bit of a unique layout compared to the previous three courses played during the Florida leg. However, it still features Bermudagrass greens, water hazards, and sand bunkers that will punish errant tee shots and approach shots. Designed by Larry Packard roughly 50 years ago, Copperhead has five par 3s, and four par 5s, which means there will be added emphasis on strokes gained tee-to-green and driving distance when navigating the lengthy par 5 fairways that run over 590 yards in length.
The field is still loaded in comparison to other PGA Tour events that occur, but compared to what we saw from Scottie Scheffler at The PLAYERS Championship last weekend, there will be a talent gap with the absence of Scheffler, Jon Rahm, Patrick Cantlay, and Max Homa amongst other notable talents. Don’t get it twisted, though; Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth will be competing and are the outright betting favorites to win Valspar at 11/1 and 12/1, respectively. Both players have had success at Copperhead in previous years, but there are a lot of others equipped with sharp iron play and hot putters to cause Thomas and Spieth serious discomfort.
I’ve identified six of my favorite prospects who can help us cash our DraftKings and FanDuel lineups once Sunday’s final round concludes. Let’s find out why each player should be prioritized in DFS lineups ahead of Thursday’s opening tee times.
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Jordan Spieth ($10.6K)
There’s a reason why Jordan Spieth is being valued so highly on DraftKings at a $10.6K salary. The 29-year-old Texas native won at Valspar in 2015, which allowed him to kickstart an epic slew of victories to climb to the top of the PGA Tour. Spieth struggles with his putter from time to time, but when he’s on, he doesn’t miss, ranking 15th in Round 1 putts and converting 40.7 percent of one-putt opportunities this season. Spieth is best when he’s approaching the greens, ranking inside of the top ten in scrambling and approach shots from 125-275 yards out. He’s delivered 86.5 DK FPPG or more in three of his past four events, and he’s looking confident on the course, which goes a long way toward climbing a leaderboard in a…
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