PALM HARBOR, Fla. – The Florida swing has never been tougher.
With John Senden’s 7-under 277 total here at the Valspar Championship, it marked the third consecutive tournament that the winning score was single digits under par.
The last time there were three consecutive single-digit under-par winners, excluding majors? That’d be 1990, when Payne Stewart (-8), Greg Norman (even) and Ben Crenshaw (-8) ran off three in a row. You’d have to go even further back – to 1983 – to find a stretch where no winner reached double digits under par in three consecutive weeks.
It’s also the first time that the first three legs of the Florida swing failed to produce a double-digit under-par winner. Russell Henley won the Honda at 8 under, while Patrick Reed triumphed at Doral at 4 under.
Last year, Tiger Woods won Bay Hill at 13 under.