Charl Schwartzel beat Bill Haas in a play-off to win the Valspar Championship at Copperhead.
Charl and Bill were tied at the top of the Valspar Championship leaderboard after 72 holes, with -7 under par totals, forcing a play-off. Charl set the record for overcoming a five shot deficit at the start of play today to win, carding a final round -4 under par 67. Bill stuttered his way round to post a last round +1 over par 72.
Charl’s comeback is now complete, he had been playing so poorly that he considered skipping the FedExCup Playoffs last year;
“I thought about just saying let’s just start over, let’s just get your game in the right shape and then make this year a good year, you know.”
“It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what it was but I needed confidence.”
” Winning in South Africa helped because there you’re hitting good shots under pressure to win. That gets your confidence up.”
“All over it’s a really good boost to going back and starting the first year, first major of the year. I mean it’s a really exciting week and always look forward to it.”
In the end it was a poor bunker shot on the first play-off hole that sunk Bill Haas;
“That bunker shot, a 12 handicapper could have done that, that was pretty bad.”
“I made some nice par saves and grinding my butt off.”
” I was one putt away from winning and so you got to take the positives and say that you can do it.”
“I hit a great iron at seventeen, a decent iron at eighteen. I thought I made the putt to win.”
“I’m not going to say that I gave it to him but I certainly could have shot better than one over today I think.”
Ryan Moore claimed third place at -5 under par for the competition, a last round of even par 71 not good enough to contend.
Of note was the performance of Amateur player Lee McCoy, he was the real McCoy on the course shooting a final round -2 under par 69, and also the real McCoy at Copperhead, sporting a full head of ginger hair. The Innisbrook resident captured fourth place on his own at -4 under par.
Jordan Spieth continues with his woes, +2 over par 73 today to finish in a tie for 18th place.