Former Valspar Championship winner Jordan Spieth is back at this event for the first time in five years.
His last trip to Innisbrook in 2018 resulted in a missed cut, but Spieth’s record in four other visits is stellar.
The highlight was a victory in 2015 when he posted 70-67-68-69 (-10) to reach a playoff where he beat Sean O’Hair and Patrick Reed.
“The course plays longer than the yardage, no doubt about it,” Spieth assessed the Copperhead course prior to the 2015 Valspar Championship, as transcribed by ASAP Sports.
"“But I enjoy the challenge. You really have to be in the fairway out here and so whatever it takes to put it there, whether it’s driver or you got to go back to a hybrid or 2 iron.”"
Spieth took T-7th (72-68-69-70) in his 2013 debut and T-20th (71-70-71-72) in 2014.
He comes to Palm Harbor off of a T-19th finish last week at the Players Championship. It took an approach on his final hole on Friday hitting a fan and staying in bounds for Spieth to make the weekend.
He made the most of the opportunity by climbing up the leaderboard for his second-best finish of his career at TPC Sawgrass.
It’s been a fairly successful Florida swing so far with T-4th the week prior at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Spieth ranks 15th on the PGA Tour this season in strokes gained around-the-green per round (.4) and is 26th in tee-to-green (.764).