Peter Malnati wins for a greater cause at Valspar Championship.


Golfer's everyman Peter Malnati wins for something greater than himself at Valspar


Key Points:

  • Peter Malnati won the Valspar Championship, securing a spot in the Travelers Championship and likely an invitation to the Masters.
  • Malnati, known for his yellow ball and floppy hat, fought hard to win the tournament and secure his first win as a father.

In a thrilling final round at the Valspar Championship, Peter Malnati emerged victorious after shooting 4-under 67 to win by two strokes. The win not only secured his spot in the Travelers Championship but also likely earned him an invitation to the Masters in Georgia. Malnati, a 36-year-old golfer known for his yellow ball and floppy hat, described the Valspar as a challenging and stressful course but managed to conquer it with grit and determination.

Malnati’s victory marked his first win as a father, with his young son’s influence leading him to play with a yellow ball. Despite being ranked lower in driving distance and other rankings, Malnati’s hard work paid off as he secured the win. The final round saw multiple lead changes, with Malnati making key birdies to pull ahead and ultimately clinch the victory.

After sinking a crucial birdie putt on the 17th hole, Malnati’s steady play and mental fortitude carried him to victory. His closest competitor, Cameron Young, finished as runner-up for the seventh time in his career. Malnati’s emotional win was a testament to his dedication and persistence in a competitive field of young talent.

Reflecting on his win, Malnati expressed gratitude for the smaller tournaments like the Valspar that make up the PGA TOUR schedule. He highlighted the importance of community support and sponsorship in creating moments like his victory. As he looks ahead to future tournaments, Malnati is determined to continue his winning streak and build on the momentum from his Valspar triumph.