2017 Valspar Championship
(The 17th of 43 events in the PGA TOUR Season)
Innisbrook Resort & GC (Copperhead Course) Par/Yards: 36-35 – 71/7,340
Final-Round Notes – Sunday, March 12, 2017
Weather: Mostly cloudy, with a high of 75. Wind WNW 10 mph.
Adam Hadwin 68-64-67-71—270 (-14)
Patrick Cantlay 71-66-66-68—271 (-13)
Jim Herman 62-71-71-68—272 (-12)
Dominic Bozzelli 67-68-70-67—272 (-12)
Beginning the day with a 4-stroke lead, Adam Hadwin entered the 72nd hole tied for the lead but made par as Patrick Cantlay made bogey to secure his first PGA TOUR victory by one shot with rounds of 68-64-67-71—270 (-14). Hadwin bounced back from his first double bogey of the week at the 16th with pars at the last two.
Hadwin earns his first career PGA TOUR victory at the age of 29 years, 4 months and 10 days in his 78th start.
With the win, Hadwin collects 500 points and moves from No. 15 to No. 4 in the FedExCup standings.
With the win, Hadwin is projected to gain nearly 50 spots in the Official World Golf Rankings and move near the top 50 after beginning the week at No. 98.
With his win, Hadwin becomes 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 becomes 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.
This marks Hadwin’s first time converting a 54-hole lead on the PGA TOUR in two tries. After shooting 59 in the third round of this year’s CareerBuilder Challenge, he held a 1-stroke lead but finished one shot back of Hudson Swafford.
Hadwin’s win continues the youth movement on the PGA TOUR, with 12 victories (out of 17) by players in their 20s.
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.
Prior to his victory, a runner-up finish at this year’s CareerBuilder Challenge was Hadwin’s best finish on TOUR. After missing the cut at the season-opening Safeway Open, Hadwin has reeled off 10 consecutive made cuts. He has five 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 fourth in the FedExCup.
Eight international-born players have now won the Valspar Championship with 10 combined wins: Adam Hadwin (2017), Charl Schwartzel (2016), John Senden (2014), Luke Donald (2012), Carl Pettersson (2005), Vijay Singh (2004), Retief Goosen (2003, 2009), K.J. Choi (2002, 2006).
Hadwin was making his third start at the Valspar Championship (71-2015, MC-2016, 1- 2017).
2016-17 starts-made cuts-top-10s-wins: 10-9-3-1
PGA TOUR career starts-made cuts-top-10s-wins: 78-55-10-1
Hadwin’s stats for the week:
R1 – 7 of 13 fairways, 13 of 18 greens in regulation, 29 putts.
R2 – 11 of 13 fairways, 14 of 18 greens in regulation, 25 putts.
R3 – 8 of 13 fairways, 12 of 18 greens in regulation, 26 putts.
R4 – 7 of 13 fairways, 12 of 18 greens in regulation, 29 putts.
Hadwin’s Strokes Gained Summary (week):
Off-the-Tee -0.144 (T46)
Approach-the-Green +8.215 (2nd)
Around-the-Green +1.079 (25th)
Putting +6.864 (4th)
Total +16.014 (1st)
About Adam Hadwin:
Birthdate: November 2, 1987
Birthplace: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada
Residence: Jupiter, Florida
Education: University of Louisville (2009, Business Administration
Turned Pro: 2009
Final-Round Lead Notes
After converting a four-shot lead into victory, Adam Hadwin became the ninth of the previous 17 54-hole leaders/co-leaders to go on and win the event.
Hadwin became the ninth player this season in 17 tries to convert the 54-hole lead/co-lead into a victory. 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 entered the 18th hole tied for the lead but hit his second shot from 167 yards into the greenside bunker right of the green and failed to make a 15-foot putt for par to finish one shot back of Hadwin. Cantlay’s runner-up finish is a career-best on the PGA TOUR.
After turning in 1-under 35, Cantlay birdied four of the first five holes on the back nine but made bogey at Nos. 15 and 18 over the last four holes to sign for a 3-under 68.
Due to an injury in 2013, the former No.1-ranked amateur in the world began 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. Sunday’s solo-second place finish, worth $680,400, satisfies that requirement.
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.
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, made 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).
Jim Herman posted his best finish on the PGA TOUR since his win at the 2016 Shell Houston Open with a T3 after rounds of 62-71-71-68 – 272 (-12).
This marked Herman’s 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 made his 11th start of the 2016-17 PGA TOUR Season this week, where he had missed the cut in three of his last four starts entering Valspar. One year after a career-best 42nd place finish in the FedExCup, Herman currently sits 29th in the rankings.
PGA TOUR rookie Dominic Bozzelli posted his best career finish (T3) with rounds of 67-68-70-67—272 (-12).
In 10 starts on TOUR this season, Bozzelli has made four cuts with two top-five finishes.
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 fifth-place finish at the CareerBuilder Challenge, where he played in the final group. He came into this week also on the heels of three missed cuts, adding another top-5 finish.
Tony Finau fired the round of the day (7-under 64) to climb into solo-fifth for his 10th career top-10. Finau led the field in Strokes Gained: Tee-To-Green (13.590), Strokes Gained: Off The Tee (5.074) and Ball Striking.
Courtesy of a bogey-free, seven birdie round, Finau jumps from 42nd to 24th in the FedExCup standings. In 11 starts on the PGA TOUR this season, Finau has made eight cuts with three top-10s.
Finau had missed the cut in two prior starts (2015, 2016) at the Valspar Championship.
PGA TOUR rookie Wesley Bryan posted his third consecutive top-10 with a T7. Bryan, who won the money list on the Web.com Tour in 2016, posted T4s in his last two starts entering this week at the Genesis Open and Honda Classic.
In 11 starts on TOUR this season, Bryan has made seven cuts with three top-10s. Bryan, 26, had missed the cut in four of his last five starts before posting three consecutive top-seven finishes. Bryan has jumped up to 39th in the FedExCup standings.
Keith Mitchell, who earned his way into the field via the Monday qualifier after emerging in a five-man playoff for the last spot, birdied the last to finish T11 in his first career PGA TOUR start after posting four rounds of par or better – 69-70-71-68—278 (-6). Mitchell led the field in both Strokes Gained: Putting (2.125), Driving Distance (309.9) and eagles (2). Mitchell, 25, is No. 21 on the Web.com Tour’s Regular Season money list after a career-best T5 finish at the Panama Claro Championship in his last start and has made the cut in all three starts on that Tour. Mitchell leads the Web.com Tour in Birdie Average (4.75).
Defending Valspar Championship winner Charl Schwartzel posted his second top-10 at the Valspar Championship with rounds of 70-70-67-68—275 (-9) to finish solo sixth. Schwartzel was making just his four start of the season the PGA TOUR.
This week’s Valspar Championship was 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; Charl Schwartzel/2016 (6), Kevin Streelman/2013 (T18), Jim Furyk/2010 (T41), Gary Woodland/2011 (T58), Sean O’Hair/2008 (WD), 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).
R4: Tony Finau (64), Ian Poulter (69), Patrick Reed (69)
Cumulative Snake Pit Statistics:
Hole Rank Scoring Average
16 3 4.210
17 7 3.111
18 T4 4.151
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
R4 35.928 35.014 70.942 71.503
The par-4 sixth hole played the hardest for the week with an average of 4.217. The easiest hole was the par-5 first hole (4.601).