2023 Valspar Championship Standings: Jordan Spieth headed for first win of the season as lead

Jordan Spieth looks set to make the addition of the 2023 Valspar Championship to his schedule worthwhile as he advances to the finals at Innisbrook, one stroke behind leader Adam Schenk. Having not played in the Tampa area since 2018, Spieth joining Valspar could prove to be the catalyst for his summer if he converts this chance into a win.

The 2015 Champion started his Move Day strong. Converting to an eagle chance on the opening hole, Spieth’s name instantly jumps to the top of the leaderboard, where it will remain until a bluff on the last hole knocks him out of the lead. Another birdie on the fifth hole pushed Spieth to eight points below before the roller coaster’s final 12 holes had five bogeys, four birdies and three pars. While the Texans might bounce back from each dropped shot, the ups and downs of Spieth’s play could make room for someone else to sneak into the winner’s circle at the Copperhead Course.

British tennis player Tommy Fleetwood looks set to win the PGA Tour soon; he’ll start Sunday with Spieth, another with Schenk. As the winner this past fall of the DP World Tour, Fleetwood has positioned itself to finally break through on American soil but will have to overcome not only the 54-hole lead but also Spieth, one of the big names best in the game.


1. Adam Schenk (-8): Playing in his 10th tournament in as many weeks, Schenk’s ironman mentality will serve him well in what is sure to be a tough round with an aggressive Spieth and steady Fleetwood on his heels. He’s done nearly everything over 54 holes, but as we’ve seen before, that can change quickly on a Sunday. While he may not have won the PGA Tour, Schenk has been in the debate before and perhaps those lessons will help him get his first win.

other candidates

T2. Jordan Spieth, Tommy Fleetwood (-7)
T4. Webb Simpson, Taylor Moore, Cody Gribble (-6)
T7. Patton Kizzire, Wyndham Clark, Matt Wallace (-5)
T10. Chad Ramey, Zac Blair, David Lingmerth, Michael Thompson, JT Poston, Davis Riley (-4)

The 2022-23 season has seen the likes of Jason Day and Rickie Fowler flash, providing hints about their goalkeeping. Simpson appears to be the next to experience a resurgence as it was a struggle for the former US Open champion following a neck injury last winter. Not breaking into the top 10 since the 2021 RSM Classic, the 37-year-old not only has the best record in quite some time, but could also claim his eighth PGA Tour title.

“I’m happy to have a late tee time on Saturday. We were so tired of waking up at 7 a.m. Saturday when I was making the cuts. But it felt great. Definitely a familiar position that I feel like.” could have been successful in the past,” Simpson said. “The nerves are there in a good way. It’s nice to be back. But it’s been a long time. More than, you know, expect or hope to win [Sunday], I’m glad I got the chance. The work we’ve done over the past few weeks is paying off and it’s been fun.”

Spieth is officially trending

It’s hard not to love Spieth’s game trajectory, especially with a certain tournament at Augusta National coming up. After burning up on the pitch in Round 1, Spieth has been giving his all for the past two days. He’s sixth in both tee-to-green and tee-to-tee hits. His approach numbers are reasonable and if he can put on a breakout performance with his scoring clubs on Sunday, Spieth could overtake Schenk.

Valspar Championship Odds, Picks 2023

Odds via Caesars Sportsbook

  • Jordan Spieth: 13/5
  • Tommy Fleetwood: 33/10
  • Adam Schenk: 18/5
  • Taylor Moore: 9-1
  • Webb Simpson: 12-1
  • Wyndham Clark: 16-1
  • Cody Gribble: 22-1
  • Matt Wallace: 30-1

Spieth is the previous winner here and the clear star of this group. Just picking up a shot from Schenk, Spieth can completely erase this distance when the first hole is over. He hits it admirably from tee, which is quite rare and I expect him to turn this fine driving performance into a win in what could be his last stroke event. before the 2023 Masters. (Prepare yourself.)

Rick Gehman and Greg DuCharme analyze Moving Days at Copperhead Course. It’s storyline, scoreboard and betting favorites from Round 3 of the Valspar Championship. Follow and listen to The First Cut on Apple Podcasts And Spotify.


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