DFS PGA Playbook - Valspar Championship
Drew Phelps explores every Fairway, reads every Green and uses his DFS Golf experience to put together a winning DFS Playbook for the Valspar Championship.
The Valspar Championship happens in Palm Harbour, Florida at the Innisbrook Resort which is more affectionately known as Copperhead. The course is 7,340 yards and a Par 71 but it is different from most Florida courses in that it is tree lined with a lot less water. Normally, Par 71s feature only three Par 5’s but this one has four but an extra Par 3 and one less Par 4. The fairways are very tight and the average for fairways hit for the week is usually 33/34. The big bombers will be forced to club down as driving distance is way lower than normal. Scrambling will play a factor this week especially with the length of the rough. Most all of the greens are well protected with bunkers, so targeting players with good numbers from the sand would be benefit.
As I mentioned, there are five Par 3’s on this course but the shortest one is 195 yards which means target good long iron players and/or great scramblers from around the greens. Some of these holes can play longer than they seem depending on the length of the tee shot, so there is a big premium placed on players being straight and having excellent long iron play.
The last thing to mention is “The Snake Pit.” These players will finish their rounds every day in what is affectionately known as “The Snake Pit” which is holes 16 thru 18. It starts with a 460 yard Par 4 with water all along the right side and a tight tree line along the left with a green that just repels golf balls. Then you move to a 215 yard Par 3 with a narrow opening to a long green and you finish things off with a 445 yard Par 4 which has a green that is tucked away to the left which makes it extremely difficult for these players to make the green in two. All of the greens on Copperhead are a challenge to reach safely but these last three can really bite you which is why it is known as “The Snake Pit.”
This is a difficult track and you really need to put a premium on accurate players. Paul Casey, who is not a bomber, took down this tournament last year at only 10 under par, this is not a course where a good round is 65, you should be happy if your players shoot 68-70 each round. Be smart with your selections this weekend.
ONE & DONE PLAY: PATRICK REED
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