Adam Hadwin holds off Cantlay charge to win 1st PGA Tour title at Valspar

WINNER: Adam Hadwin, breath a sigh of relief. The Canadian had a four-shot lead to start the day and was up a few heading to the back nine. A furious charge from Patrick Cantlay – which we’ll detail below – put him in the crossshairs. So did the 29-year-old’s own mistakes. But he did just enough late to close out at 14 under and earn his first PGA Tour win two months after becoming the latest Mr. 59. Oh, and he earns a trip to Augusta National, too.

JUST MISSED: An amazing week for Patrick Cantlay. He made it interesting down the stretch as he birdied five of six holes from No. 9-14 to get within one of Hadwin. After a bogey at 15, Cantlay got into the co-lead after a Hadwin double bogey at 16. The pair remained tied going to 18, where Cantlay dumped his approach shot in a bunker, chunked from there 15 feet short and missed the putt to close in bogey for 13 under. Hadwin hit his second shot on the back fringe and cozied the ball up to a foot for a par and a one-shot win. Playing on a sponsor invite and in just his second start back on the PGA Tour since late 2014, it’s quite a week for Cantlay. The former World No. 1 amateur is of course supremely talented and dealt with much heartache. Cantlay was playing on a major medical extension and needed to earn $606,849 or 381.150 FedEx Cup points in nine events to keep his PGA Tour card. With this solo second finish, he’s earned his card back by satisfying the major medical extension! What a comeback for Cantlay.

SHOT OF THE DAY: Hadwin made a long birdie putt at 13 to help stave off a Cantlay rally. It was a 53-footer and what a putt it was to stem the tide.

QUOTABLE: “I don’t know what to say right now, honestly. I fully expected Patrick to make that putt (on 18). I said yesterday I wanted a chance to win coming up the last. I had that chance and I thought we were going to have to make birdies to win it. I’m just lucky that one-footer was not one-and-a-half feet, that’s all I know.” – Adam Hadwin

CHIP SHOTS: First-round leader Jim Herman, who had to get talked into playing this tournament, finished the week at 12 under and solo third following a final-round 3-under 68. … Tony Finau posted the day’s best round by three shots, firing a 7-under 64 to finish at 11 under and solo fifth. … A strong finish for the defending champion, as Charl Schwartzel closes birdie-birdie to place solo sixth at 9 under. … Henrik Stenson and Wesley Bryan tied for seventh at 8 under. … In his first career PGA Tour start, Keith Mitchell posts a remarkable T-11 at 6 under. … Bryson DeChambeau, with some good news on his dad’s front and sporting a new putting style, finally makes a cut. He dropped on the weekend with a 72-73 finish. But it was still a nice T-27. … Lee McCoy, who finished T-4 as an amateur here last year, struggles on the weekend. A 74-76 finish puts him at 6 over and T-65 for the week.

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