PGA Dew Sweeper – Valspar

Valspar Championship

I appreciate everyone understanding the delay last week and I hope that some of you did well.  I cashed in two $100 entries but didn’t quite break even. Keegan Bradley missing the cut and Adam Scott and Sahith Theegala playing like amateurs on Saturday really hurt my chances.  Knocked me down from winning $6,400 to $600.  Oh well, that’s DFS golf in a nutshell.

We’ve been spoiled the last few weeks with quality fields.  Well, that ends now!  There are a few quality players, but the lower tiers aren’t as forgiving – especially when we are looking at one of the lowest scoring events on Tour and a difficult course.

Highlights:  Innisbrook Resort – Copperhead Course

  • Par 71 – 7,340 yards
  • Four Par 5s and Five Par 3s
  • No short Par 3s
  • Fairways are very narrow
  • Greens are small (Bermuda over seeded with POA)
  • Snake Pit (Holes 16-18)

This is a difficult scoring track.  This week won’t depend so much on a high number of birdies and eagles as it will the ability to avoid bogeys.  To differentiate the top tier, I think we need to look at the following:

  • Shots Gained – Approach  (SG: APP)
  • Birdie-or-Better% (BOB%)

NOTE:  All pricing is based on DraftKings

** are my favorites in each category – could be pricing or the fact I think they play best.

$9,000 and Above

This is by no means a guarantee that the statistics will continue, but, I’ve learned that gut feelings need to be balanced with statistics sometimes.

SG: APP (with overall rank against the field – last 16 rounds):

  • Justin Thomas ($10,900) 22nd
  • Jordan Spieth ($10,600) 2nd
  • Sam Burns ($10,200) 123rd (Yikes!)
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick ($10,000) 119th (Yikes again!)
  • Tommy Fleetwood ($9,800) 7th
  • Justin Rose ($9,600) 19th
  • Keegan Bradley ($9,400) 13th
  • Denny McCarthy ($9,300) 50th
  • Adam Hadwin ($9,200) 57th
  • Brian Harman ($9,100) 132nd (Yikes for strike 3!)
  • Davis Riley 37th

BOB% (weighted score):

  • Justin Thomas  (100)
  • Tied:  Justin Rose & Sam Burns (99)
  • Jordan Spieth (92)
  • Tied:  Matthew Fitzpatrick & Keegan Bradley (91)
  • Adam Hadwin (88)
  • Tied:  Tommy Fleetwood  & Davis Riley (86)
  • Brian Harman (80)
  • Denny McCarthy (67)

Blended:  SG: APP &  BOB% – Regardless of Salary

  • Matthias Schmid ($6,700)
  • Justin Thomas  ($10,900)
  • Ben Griffin ($8,400)
  • Keegan Bradley ($9,400)
  • Adam Hadwin ($9,200)
  • Justin Rose ($9,600)
  • Sam Ryder ($7,300)
  • Joel Dahmen ($7,500)
  • Davis Riley ($9,000)
  • Tommy Fleetwood ($9,800)

I thought showing the two together (without considering salary) may be a good thing since it does give you some guys in the lower levels.  I did a 50-50 split in weighting the two.

My favorites are:

Course History: Sam Burns ($10,200); Justin Thomas ($10,900)

Gut/My Favorites: Tommy Fleetwood ($9,800); Adam Hadwin ($9,200); Justin Rose ($9,600)

$7,500 to $8,900

  • Justin Suh ($8,900)** – Right now, he’s probably the hottest guy in the tournament.  In his last three events, he’s been Top 25 in each of them including a T6 and a T5.
  • Brandon Wu ($8,500)** – Never played this event but is coming off two Top 20s.
  • Ludvig Aberg ($7,700)
  • Byeong Hun An ($7,900) – Making a lot of cuts.


$7,000 to $7,400

  • David Lingmerth ($7,300)** – Two Top 10s in last 3 events.
  • Eric Cole ($7,300)
  • Ryan Gerard ($7,300) – this is a pure gut call, but he’s played two events since coming from the Korn Ferry Tour and was T11 in Puerto Rico and 4th at Honda.
  • Seonghyeon Kim ($7,100) – he missed the cut at The Players, but had made 5 straight prior to that.
  • Kevin Kisner ($7,000) – not playing great but gives you experience and the fact that long-iron play will be a key, he may be a good fill-in.


Under $7,000

“Scrub Zone” – Oh boy!

  • Dylan Wu ($6,800)
  • Chesson Hadley ($6,900)
  • Zach Johnson ($6,800) – he’s not the Major Champion he once was but he does have three Top 30s in his last four events here.  He’s not long but this course requires accuracy and good approaches.  Both of which he historically excels at.



Victor Perez ($7,800) is my longshot.

Don’t know a lot about this guy since he typically only plays on the DP World Tour, but he’s played in three events there in 2023 and finished T13-T28-Win.


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