2017 Valspar Championship
(The 17th of 43 events in the PGA TOUR Season)
Palm Harbor, Fla. March 9-12, 2017 Purse: $6,300,000 (winner: $1,134,000)
Innisbrook Resort & GC (Copperhead Course) Par/Yards: 36-35 – 71/7,340
Third-Round Notes – Saturday, March 11, 2017
Weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 76. Wind WNW 10-15 mph.
Adam Hadwin 68-64-67—199 (-14)
Patrick Cantlay 71-66-66—203 (-10)
Dominic Bozzelli 67-68-70—205 (-8)
Adam Hadwin, a 29-year-old from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, made four birdies and no bogeys in round three to take a 4-stroke lead into the final round. His lead is the largest since K.J. Choi led by five strokes in 2002.
Hadwin’s 14-under 199 ties the record for best 54-hole score in the Valspar Championship (K.J. Choi/2002).
This marks Hadwin’s second time to hold a 54-hole lead on the PGA TOUR. After shooting 59 in the third round of this year’s CareerBuilder Challenge, he held a 1-stroke lead over Dominic Bozzelli at 17-under-par. Bozzelli will being this week’s Valspar Championship six strokes back in fourth place.
With a win Sunday, Hadwin would become the 14th Canadian to win on the PGA TOUR, joining George Knudson, Mike Weir, Ian Leggatt, Stan Leonard, Richard Zokol, Dan Halldorson, Dave Barr, Al Balding, Jules Huot, Al Johnston, Stephen Ames, Nick Taylor and Mackenzie Hughes. (Ames and Johnston became Canadian citizens prior to winning).
With a win, Hadwin would become the second player to win on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada, Web.com Tour and the PGA TOUR. With his win at The RSM Classic earlier this season, Mackenzie Hughes became the first.
Hadwin is a two-time winner on both the Web.com Tour (2014 Chile Classic, 2014 Chiquita Classic) and the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada (2010 Desert Dunes Classic, 2011 Pacific Colombia Tour Championship). He went on to secure the top spot on the Web.com Tour’s money list in 2014.
Hadwin is making his third start at the Valspar Championship (71-2015, MC-2016).
Making his 78th PGA TOUR start, Hadwin is looking for his first victory. A runner-up finish at this year’s CareerBuilder Challenge marks his best finish on TOUR. After missing the cut at the season-opening Safeway Open, Hadwin has reeled off 10 consecutive made cuts. He has four finishes of T12 or better.
Hadwin has advanced to the FedExCup Playoffs each of his first two seasons on TOUR, finishing 107th in 2015 and 85th in 2016. He is currently ranked 15th in the FedExCup.
Seven international-born players have won the Valspar Championship: Charl Schwartzel (2016), John Senden (2014), Luke Donald (2012), Carl Pettersson (2005), Vijay Singh (2004), Retief Goosen (2003, 2009), K.J. Choi (2002, 2006).
Third-Round Lead Notes
Third-round leaders/co-leaders have experienced mixed success at the Valspar Championship. Since its inception, eight of the previous 16 54-hole leaders/co-leaders has gone on to win the event. However, since 2008, just two have been successful – Jim Furyk (2010) and Kevin Streelman (2013). Prior to the 2008 event, third-round leaders enjoyed success from 2002-’07.
So far this season on the PGA TOUR, the 54-hole leader/co-leader has converted for the win seven of 16 times. The most recent to do so was Rickie Fowler at The Honda Classic.
Last year, Charl Schwartzel was five strokes back at 3-under 210 after 54 holes, before winning in a playoff over Bill Haas.
Patrick Cantlay, who received the Valspar Championship’s last sponsor exemption, posted a 5-under 66 for the second straight day to get to 10-under 203. He will enter Sunday’s final round four strokes back.
Due to an injury in 2013, the former No.1-ranked amateur in the world is playing this season on the PGA TOUR on a Major Medical Extension (Web.com Tour category). Having not competed on TOUR last season, he began the 2016-17 campaign with 10 events to earn 389 FedExCup points or $624,746 to clear the top finishers from the Web.com Tour Medical category.
This week’s Valspar Championship marks just his second start of the season. At the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, his T48 finish earned him eight FedExCup points and $17,897. To satisfy his Extension this week, he would need to finish alone in second place ($680,400).
In the summer of 2013, Cantlay began experiencing severe back pain, which was diagnosed as a stress fracture in his L5 vertebrae. Personal battles have also plagued Cantlay. In February of last year, he witnessed his caddie Chris Roth get struck by a car crossing the street. Roth was pronounced dead a short time later.
Cantlay, who finished inside the top 25 in his first four starts on the PGA TOUR as an amateur in 2011, is making his 30th start on the PGA TOUR this week. It’s his 22nd as a professional.
Also as a sponsor invite, Cantlay competed in the 2013 Valspar Championship, where he missed the cut (70-76).
Panama City, Fla. resident and first-round leader Jim Herman followed up an opening-round 9-under 62 with an even-par 71 in rounds two and three. Herman recovered from back-toback bogeys at Nos. 15 and 16 with a birdie-par finish at the final two holes.
Herman is making his third start in the Valspar Championship, where he missed the cut in both previous starts in 2013 and 2016. Before this week, his best score at Innisbrook (four rounds) was a 1-over 72.
Herman, who claimed his first career PGA TOUR win at last year’s Shell Houston Open, is in search of his second victory in his 132nd TOUR start this week.
Herman is making his 11th start of the 2016-17 PGA TOUR Season this week, where he has missed the cut in three of his last four starts. One year after a career-best 42nd place finish in the FedExCup, Herman currently sits 65th in the rankings.
PGA TOUR rookie Dominic Bozzelli opened round three with nine straight pars before offsetting a lone bogey at the par-4 16th hole with birdies at Nos. 10 and 14. At 8-under 205, he will begin Sunday’s final round six strokes back.
Bozzelli made his way onto this season’s PGA TOUR by virtue of his 24th-place finish on the 2016 Web.com Tour priority list. On that Tour last year, he won the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship.
Earlier this season, Bozzelli, 25, snapped a streak of three consecutive missed cuts with a career-best, fifth-place finish at the CareerBuilder Challenge. He came into this week also on the heels of three missed cuts.
Defending Valspar Championship winner Charl Schwartzel has opened with rounds of 70-70-67—207 (-6) and is currently eight strokes back as he seeks to become the first player to win back-to-back at the Valspar Championship. Just two players have multiple wins at the Valspar Championship: K.J. Choi (2002, 2006) and Retief Goosen (2003, 2009).
This week’s Valspar Championship marks the last chance for players to get inside the top 64 in the Official World Golf Rankings and qualify for the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play. The event will be contested the week of March 20-26 at Austin Country Club in Austin, Texas.
Eleven past champions of the Valspar Championship in this week’s field; Kevin Streelman/2013 (T18), Charl Schwartzel/2016 (T7), Gary Woodland/2011 (67th), Sean O’Hair/2008 (WD), Jim Furyk/2010 (T35), Luke Donald/2012 (MC), John Senden/2014 (MC), Vijay Singh/2004 (MC), K.J. Choi/2006, 2002 (MC), Carl Pettersson/2005 (MC), Retief Goosen/2009, 2003 (MC).
The last seven winners of the Valspar Championship all finished the season of their win inside the top 25 in FedExCup standings, highlighted by Jim Furyk (2010) and Jordan Spieth (2015), who went on to win FedExCup title those years.
R1: Jim Herman (62), Henrik Stenson (64), James Hahn (65), Keegan Bradley (67), Dominic Bozzelli (67), Soren Kjeldsen (68), Alex Cejka (68), John Huh (69), Tyrone Van Aswegen (69).
R2: Blayne Barber (67), Harold Varner III (68), Lee McCoy (68), Matt Kuchar (69), Danny Lee (69), Rod Pampling (69)
R3: Patrick Cantlay (66), Adam Hadwin (67), David Hearn (68).
Cumulative Snake Pit Statistics:
Hole Rank Scoring Average
16 3 4.189
17 8 3.113
18 4 4.166
Scoring Averages at the par-71 Copperhead Course:
Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative
R1 36.361 35.083 71.444 —
R2 36.444 35.169 71.613 71.529
R3 36.391 35.623 72.014 71.691
The par-4 16th hole played the hardest in round three with an average of 4.478. The easiest hole was the par-5 11th hole (4.536).