Schwartzel tops Haas in Valspar playoff

PALM HARBOR, Fla. - Charl Schwartzel used two big birdies to close with a 4-under 67 and made up a five-shot deficit. All he needed was a par on the first hole of a playoff Sunday at Innisbrook to beat Bill Haasand win the Valspar Championship.

Schwartzel's two-putt par on the 18th hole in a playoff gave him his third victory worldwide in his last six starts dating to December.

Haas, who never trailed over the final 27 holes of regulation, hit his tee shot into the trees in the playoff, came up short into a bunker and blasted long out of the soft sand to 20 feet. He missed the par putt, and Schwartzel tapped in for his first victory in America since the 2011 Masters.

The loudest cheers belonged to Lee McCoy, the senior at Georgia who grew up next to Innisbrook and made good on his first sponsor exemption. Playing alongside Jordan Spieth, McCoy shot 69 to finish alone in fourth. It was the best finish by an amateur in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event since 17-year-old Justin Rose tied for fourth at the British Open in 1998 at Royal Birkdale.

McCoy would have earned $292,800 had he been a pro.

''It's surreal to say the least,'' McCoy said.

Source : The Golf Channel

posted at 14 Mar 2016 12:05:06

 



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