Tour Talk: March 13
PGA Tour Recap – Oh Canada!
The PGA made a stop in Palm Harbor this week for the Valspar Championship hosted on Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort. This event has a history of being one of the tougher scoring tournaments and since 2008 the 54 hole leader has sealed the deal only twice to be crowned the champion. Canadian Adam Hadwin went into Sunday with the lead and held on through a rollercoaster finish to claim his first PGA Tour victory. His playing partner, Patrick Cantlay (USA), was charging on Sunday with multiple birdies on the back nine before bogeying the 18th
to finish in solo second place. Cantlay’s second place was a small victory for him as he has now secured his 2017 card status after an extended medical exemption for the first 10 tournaments of his 2017 season. Hadwin’s victory was strongly supported by the flatstick, making 422 feet of putts this tournament including a massive 58 foot putt on the 13th
hole for birdie on Sunday. With this win, Hadwin qualifies for the Masters only days after he marries his fiancé. Maybe there will be some Canadian magic this year at the Masters.
Other notable weekend performance includes Tony Finau with a final round low of 64. Finau put together a strong outing Sunday in a bid to make into the WGC-Dell Tech Match Play Field but it would appear that he will fall one spot short to qualify for the 64 man field. Keep an eye on Finau as his game is starting to catch fire.
Fun Facts: Adam Hadwin’s win was the 12th
win on the Tour this season out of a possible 17 by players in their 20s.
The Tour moves to Orlando this week where an ‘army’ will pay tribute to one of the game’s greats at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. This year the tournament will be hosted by Annika Sorenstam, Graeme McDowell, Peter Jacobsen and Curtis Strange following the passing of Arnold Palmer in 2016. Our early picks for this week include defending champion Jason Day, two locals - Graeme McDowell & Henrick Stenson, and a two time past winner, Vijay Singh.
Plays of the Weekend
Sunday on the back nine, Adam Hadwin racked up the miles on his putter with a ridiculous 58 foot putt for birdie. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlRr4XsLwaI
Ever had your ball come to rest on the cart path? Wesley Bryan did. He also made birdie. Check it out here: https://youtu.be/m170EHl9y_g?t=38s