Valspar Championship - R4

Paul Casey successfully defends title

March 21-24
Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead), Palm Harbor, Florida
$6,700,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Paul Casey has become the first player to successfully defend his Valspar Championship title after battling for a one-stroke win over Louis Oosthuizen and Jason Kokrak on Sunday.

”It feels very different, but not any less cool. ‘That golf course is so difficult that it’s damn near impossible to have a clean round of golf and not make any mistake. But I was composed. I was very keen to play well. I made mistakes, but then, so did everybody else. I got it done, and I couldn’t be happier.”

The course was so dry and fast that nobody shot lower than 68 and the averrage score was the second-highest for a final round this year at 72.143.

Casey finished with a 72 for an 8-under, 276 total and moves to number 11 in the World Golf Rankings. It is the third straight week a European player has won on the PGA Tour and the first time since 2010 when Justin Rose, Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell won the Memorial, the St. Jude Classic and the U.S. Open in successive weeks.

Casey looked set to win when he made a three-putt bogey on the 17th hole and fell back into a share of the lead. Jason Kokrak bogeyed the 18th for a 71 leaving Casey needing par for the win. He two-putted for the par and sealed his third PGA Tour victory in 250 starts.


“Last year’s win was so big,” he told NBC television. “That felt like my first victory as a professional. I’ve felt so different since then, new confidence.

“I’m getting older but I feel like I’m getting better. This is so cool.”


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Paul Casey
ENG
-8
70
66
68
72
276
T2
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-7
70
72
66
69
277
T2
Jason Kokrak
USA
-7
69
71
66
71
277
T4
Bubba Watson
USA
-6
69
71
70
68
278
T4
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-6
70
67
71
70
278
T6
Jon Rahm
ESP
-5
71
68
72
68
279
T6
Ryan Armour
USA
-5
70
72
68
69
279
T6
Dustin Johnson
USA
-5
69
69
67
74
279
T9
Denny McCarthy
USA
-4
68
74
69
69
280
T9
Austin Cook
USA
-4
69
67
72
72
280
T9
Scott Stallings
USA
-4
69
68
70
73
280
T9
Luke Donald
ENG
-4
67
70
70
73
280
T13
Lucas Glover
USA
-3
72
67
72
70
281
T13
Bill Haas
USA
-3
72
70
69
70
281
T13
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
-3
70
72
68
71
281
T13
Matt Jones
AUS
-3
73
68
68
72
281
T13
Curtis Luck
AUS
-3
70
68
70
73
281
T18
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
-2
71
71
72
68
282
T18
Vaughn Taylor
USA
-2
74
69
71
68
282
T18
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
-2
70
69
73
70
282
T18
Charley Hoffman
USA
-2
69
74
69
70
282
T18
Brian Stuard
USA
-2
68
72
69
73
282
T18
Jim Furyk
USA
-2
69
71
68
74
282
T24
Kevin Kisner
USA
-1
67
75
72
69
283
T24
Julian Etulain
ARG
-1
69
73
71
70
283
T24
Zach Johnson
USA
-1
71
72
70
70
283
T24
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-1
70
73
69
71
283
T24
Russell Knox
SCO
-1
67
76
67
73
283
T24
Nick Taylor
CAN
-1
71
70
67
75
283
T30
Anirban Lahiri
IND
Par
70
71
75
68
284
T30
Joel Dahmen
USA
Par
66
72
76
70
284
T30
Billy Hurley III
USA
Par
74
69
71
70
284
T30
Brandt Snedeker
USA
Par
70
70
73
71
284
T30
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
Par
71
71
71
71
284
T30
Shawn Stefani
USA
Par
68
71
73
72
284
T30
Sam Burns
USA
Par
69
74
67
74
284
T37
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
1
70
71
72
72
285
T37
Wyndham Clark
USA
1
71
70
72
72
285
T37
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
1
69
73
70
73
285
T37
Nick Watney
USA
1
71
72
69
73
285
T37
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
1
72
71
67
75
285
T42
Jonas Blixt
SWE
2
74
69
72
71
286
T42
Danny Willett
ENG
2
69
71
74
72
286
T42
Russell Henley
USA
2
69
72
71
74
286
T42
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
2
71
70
71
74
286
T46
Andrew Landry
USA
3
72
71
76
68
287
T46
Kelly Kraft
USA
3
69
72
75
71
287
T46
Hank Lebioda
USA
3
69
73
74
71
287
T46
Sam Saunders
USA
3
71
69
73
74
287
T46
Graeme McDowell
NIR
3
71
72
70
74
287
T46
Kramer Hickok
USA
3
71
68
73
75
287
T46
Brian Gay
USA
3
73
69
69
76
287
T46
Sepp Straka
AUT
3
66
76
69
76
287
T54
Trey Mullinax
USA
4
71
72
77
68
288
T54
Ryan Blaum
USA
4
73
67
76
72
288
T54
Danny Lee
NZL
4
72
71
73
72
288
T54
Roberto Diaz
MEX
4
69
72
74
73
288
T54
Sergio Garcia
ESP
4
71
72
72
73
288
T54
Harris English
USA
4
75
68
67
78
288
T60
Alex Cejka
GER
5
71
70
77
71
289
T60
Patton Kizzire
USA
5
70
71
76
72
289
T60
Brandon Harkins
USA
5
73
69
74
73
289
T60
Peter Malnati
USA
5
69
74
72
74
289
T60
Roger Sloan
CAN
5
70
72
70
77
289
T65
Harold Varner III
USA
6
69
74
75
72
290
T65
Peter Uihlein
USA
6
72
71
73
74
290
T65
Chesson Hadley
USA
6
74
69
70
77
290
T68
Chris Stroud
USA
9
72
71
74
76
293
T68
Roberto Castro
USA
9
68
71
73
81
293
70
Morgan Hoffmann
USA
11
73
70
77
75
295
CUT
Adam Hadwin
CAN
2
73
71
144
CUT
Adam Schenk
USA
2
75
69
144
CUT
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
2
71
73
144
CUT
Bud Cauley
USA
2
70
74
144
CUT
Chase Wright
USA
2
74
70
144
CUT
Dylan Meyer
USA
2
73
71
144
CUT
Kevin Tway
USA
2
74
70
144
CUT
Michael Thompson
USA
2
74
70
144
CUT
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
2
70
74
144
CUT
Richy Werenski
USA
2
74
70
144
CUT
Ryan Moore
USA
2
72
72
144
CUT
Sam Ryder
USA
2
74
70
144
CUT
Seamus Power
IRL
2
74
70
144
CUT
Steve Stricker
USA
2
73
71
144
CUT
Stewart Cink
USA
2
70
74
144
CUT
Tyler Duncan
USA
2
78
66
144
CUT
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
3
71
74
145
CUT
Chez Reavie
USA
3
72
73
145
CUT
D. A. Points
USA
3
73
72
145
CUT
Gary Woodland
USA
3
74
71
145
CUT
Jason Day
AUS
3
74
71
145
CUT
John Senden
AUS
3
74
71
145
CUT
K. J. Choi
KOR
3
72
73
145
CUT
Keegan Bradley
USA
3
68
77
145
CUT
Kenny Perry
USA
3
73
72
145
CUT
Robert Streb
USA
3
72
73
145
CUT
Akshay Bhatia
USA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Alex Prugh
USA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Branden Grace
RSA
4
71
75
146
CUT
Brian Harman
USA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Cameron Tringale
USA
4
72
74
146
CUT
Cody Gribble
USA
4
71
75
146
CUT
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
4
73
73
146
CUT
J. T. Poston
USA
4
73
73
146
CUT
Jason Dufner
USA
4
71
75
146
CUT
Michael Kim
KOR
4
70
76
146
CUT
Rod Pampling
AUS
4
73
73
146
CUT
Ryan Vermeer
USA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Brian Davis
ENG
5
76
71
147
CUT
Chris Kirk
USA
5
76
71
147
CUT
Grayson Murray
USA
5
72
75
147
CUT
Hunter Mahan
USA
5
72
75
147
CUT
Jim Herman
USA
5
73
74
147
CUT
Kevin Streelman
USA
5
75
72
147
CUT
Kyle Jones
USA
5
74
73
147
CUT
Seth Reeves
USA
5
75
72
147
CUT
Beau Hossler
USA
6
75
73
148
CUT
Cameron Davis
AUS
6
75
73
148
CUT
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
6
73
75
148
CUT
Hudson Swafford
USA
6
72
76
148
CUT
Patrick Rodgers
USA
6
73
75
148
CUT
Scott Brown
USA
6
76
72
148
CUT
Tom Hoge
USA
6
73
75
148
CUT
Webb Simpson
USA
6
73
75
148
CUT
Adam Svensson
CAN
7
76
73
149
CUT
Brandon Hagy
USA
7
73
76
149
CUT
Brendan Steele
USA
7
76
73
149
CUT
Joey Garber
USA
7
74
75
149
CUT
Stephan Jaeger
GER
7
73
76
149
CUT
Max Homa
USA
8
78
72
150
CUT
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
8
69
81
150
CUT
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
MEX
9
76
75
151
CUT
Sang-Moon Bae
KOR
9
74
77
151
CUT
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
9
76
75
151
CUT
David Hearn
CAN
10
75
77
152
CUT
Martin Trainer
USA
10
77
75
152
CUT
Patrick Reed
USA
10
77
75
152
CUT
Sebastian Munoz
COL
10
79
73
152
CUT
Brice Garnett
USA
11
78
75
153
CUT
Scott Langley
USA
11
74
79
153
CUT
Jim Knous
USA
12
80
74
154
CUT
Rod Perry
USA
12
78
76
154
CUT
Austin Connelly
CAN
14
79
77
156
RET
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
Par
79
79
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