Valspar Championship: A Look Back at The Action
The Valspar Championship did not fail to impress. The Copperhead course at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, FL tested the PGA pros that participated in the event. The most exciting part is that we had a first-time winner.
It was exciting to see some of the top tour players in action person. I saw some great shots like Brandt Snedeker’s hole-out from 120 yards for an eagle on the fifth hole. I also saw pros get angry and throw clubs at their bag. The best aspect is how the players and caddies respond to each other. From club selection to reading the greens, it was fun to watch. This Copperhead course is not easy as holes through 16-18 are titled the “Snake Pit”. At the end of the day, it came down to two players.
After two rounds, players like Phil Mickelson and Patrick Reed did not cut. Mickelson had a chance with an eight-foot par putt on Friday and missed it. Patrick Reed just finished at one over par after two rounds. The two players that seem to play well were Sam Burns and Keegan Bradley.
Bradley is a well-known player on the tour. He seemed to have it going through all four of his rounds. The group that I was watching was Justin Thomas, Dustin Thomas, and Joaquin Niemann. Justin Thomas finished tied for 13th at the Valspar Championship. Niemann finished tied for 8th. Johnson finished tied for 48th.
The weather was great all four days in Palm Harbor. The course was in great shape and it was beautiful. Two-time winner Paul Casey could not finish his three-peat, finishing tied for 21st. It would have been awesome to see that because it has only happened eight other times in PGA Tour history. Six of those have been done by Tiger Woods. As we entered the final round there were two players tied for the lead, Burns and Bradley.
As they came to the par-three 15th, Bradley held a two-shot lead. He hit his tee shot into the water and made a double bogey. Burns would make a par and a two-shot swing happened. This setup for Burns led to his first career win. He kept his composure down the stretch and got emotional after making his putt on 18.
Keegan Bradley lost it on the 15th hole. After that, he seemed to lose his swing. It was great for Burns to get his first win. This was a great tournament for him to win. He moved up to 14th in the Fed Ex Cup points.
The Valspar Championship was a great tournament with top players. I know that we did not have Tiger Woods or Rory McIlory, but it was still a cool experience. The Copperhead course is tough, but Burns was able to somewhat conquer it. I am hoping to maybe attend the Valspar Championship every year.
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