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.