Grading the Valspar Championship
John Senden, Justin Rose, and Luke Donald all get high marks for the Valspar Championship. John Daly, not so much.
It wasn't exactly the best golf you've ever seen, but in the end John Senden made two of the better shots of the tournament on Sunday afternoon to win the Valspar Championship.
It was a bumpy ride down the back nine for the 42-year-old Australian but he made birdies at No. 16 and No. 17 to secure the one-shot win over Kevin Na.
Here's the first, a chip-in at the par-4 No. 16:
And the second, a lengthy putt at the par-3 No. 17:
Here's a look at his card, take a look at the wild back nine:
Senden was a 100-1 longshot to win this tournament coming in, his only other PGA Tour win coming at the John Deere Classic in 2006.
He told NBC's Steve Sands after his round that he was just trying to keep it steady through a fairly ugly day of golf all the way around.
"The scoring always stays under double figures here. I think that if I could just stay in the moment, I knew I was swinging well enough to go out there and give it a shake."
I don't know what "giving it a shake" translates to but he shook it enough to take home his first PGA Tour tournament win in eight years.
Senden had a pretty interesting tournament, too. He was eight back heading into the weekend but dropped a tournament-best 64 in the third round to rocket up the leaderboard towards the top.
And his final-round 70 was enough to seal the deal.
Here are our grades for the Valspar Championship:
|A||John Senden becomes the 94th entry to the Masters. Inching closer to that 100 mark that Augusta would like to stay below. Finish: Win|
|A||I sort of expected better from Justin Rose on Sunday than a 74. He's still getting his feels back (as Tiger would say), though. Plus you aren't going to do much with shots like this. Finish: T8|
|A||Luke Donald had a real shot on Sunday to close with his second win at this tournament but he finished with four straigh pars and lost by three. Finish: T4|
|B||Jason Dufner was one of the bigger names at this tournament but started slow with a 72-73. At least he got this selfie in. Finish: T14|
|D||It's officially panic time for Brandt Snedeker fans. He only has two rounds under 69 in his eight tournaments this season. Finish: T58|
|D||John Daly went 74-90 to miss the cut pretty badly. Then he got in a bunch of Twitter fights with folks who wrote that he played badly. Not Long John's best week. Finish: Cut.|
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