Adam Hadwin wins the Valspar Championship
Tarpon Springs, Florida – It was a longtime in the making for Adam Hadwin, but he came through at the end – holding off Patrick Cantlay on the 72nd hole of the Copperhead course at Innisbrook to win the Valspar Championship to get his first PGA Tour win and secure his entry into the Masters in April.
Tied at -14 on the last, Cantlay found the greenside bunker with his approach, while Hadwin’s second shot wound up just through the green up against the fringe. Cantlay’s mediocre recovery from the sand left his ball about 20 feet out for his par attempt, giving the clear advantage to Hadwin. The lie he had was anything but easy, so he decided to putt the ball with the blade of his wedge. Only needing two putts to likely secure the win, the 29 year old Canadian from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan nudged his Chrome Soft X down to tap in range assuring his par. When Cantlay missed his par putt, it was done. Adam Hadwin, had won for the first time on the PGA Tour after contending so many times previously…
Afterward, Hadwin still seemed surprised by the result: “I fully expected Patrick to make that putt, I said yesterday all I wanted was a chance to win coming up the last, and I had that chance and thought we were going to have to make birdie to win it, but I’m just lucky that 1 footer wasn’t 1 1/2 feet.”
Cantlay might have been the story of the week and perhaps the season. He had missed 28 months out with both injury and the tragic death of his best friend and caddie Chris Roth, shot 68 Sunday (and already has made enough earnings in two events to retain his PGA Tour card).
Jim Herman and Dominic Bozzelli finished tied for third at -12.