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Canadian Adam Hadwin earns Masters’ trip with win at Valspar

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There were times he threatened to turn a golf course into a race track. In the end, however, one stroke was enough for Adam Hadwin.

Hadwin, a 29-year-old from Moose Jaw, Canada, parred his final hole to edge American Patrick Cantlay. Cantlay had gotten back into the Valspar Tournament with birdies on five of six holes, but a bogey on the 16th did him in.

Hadwin hit a shot into the water on No. 16 to lead to a double-bogey. He parred his last two holes for the win, however.

“I don’t know what to say right now,” Hadwin said. “I fully expected Patrick to make that [par] putt. I said yesterday I just wanted a chance to win coming up the last fairway and I had that chance. I thought we were going to have make birdies to win it.”

Hadwin, who entered with three straight rounds of under 70 and a four-stroke lead, earned a trip to next month’s Masters win the win.

Cantlay was playing on a medical extension after missing all of 2016 with a back injury.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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