Hadwin holds off Cantlay for Valspar title


It wasn't easy, but Adam Hadwin got it done. Here's how things ended up at the Valspar Championship, as Hadwin held on for his first career victory:

Leaderboard: Adam Hadwin (-14), Patrick Cantlay (-13), Jim Herman (-12), Dominic Bozzelli (-12), Tony Finau (-11)

What it means: Hadwin started the day with a four-shot lead, and while he and Cantlay separated from the pack the Canadian never appeared to be in danger. That is, of course, until a watery tee shot on No. 16 led to a costly double bogey and allowed Cantlay to draw even. But Hadwin steadied his nerve, closed with a pair of pars and now has his first career win - and first Masters invite - two months after shooting a 59 at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Round of the day: Finau started the day 10 shots off the lead, but he made the day's biggest charge up the standings with a flawless 7-under 64. Finau birdied two of his first three holes, then added four more in a five-hole stretch from Nos. 8-12. It moved the big hitter up to solo fifth possession and gave him his second top-five finish in his last five starts.

Best of the rest: No one came within three shots of Finau, but Bozzelli's 4-under 67 earned him a career-best finish on Tour. Bozzelli birdied three of his first seven holes and added a 10-footer for birdie on No. 17 to snag a share of third place, just a few weeks after he was solo fifth in Palm Springs.

Biggest disappointment: It's tough to be disappinted with a career-best finish, but Cantlay let a possible playoff berth slip away on the 72nd hole. His approach from the middle of the fairway was fanned into a bunker, and his subsequent splash came up well short. A closing bogey allowed Hadwin to seal the win with a short par putt.

Shot of the day: Hadwin's final approach rolled just through the green, but he opted to belly a sand wedge from there. The shot worked out just how he drew it up, and the up-and-down gave him his long-awaited victory.

Quote of the day: "I'm just lucky that 1-footer (on No. 18) wasn't 1 ½ feet." - Hadwin