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Peter Malnati | Valspar Championship

By The Associated Press

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Peter Malnati got a great break and followed that with an even better shot Sunday, a 5-iron to 6 feet for birdie on the 17th hole that carried him to a 4-under 67 and a two-shot win at the Valspar Championship on Sunday and earn his first trip to the Masters.

Malnati tapped in for par on the final hole for only his second PGA Tour victory. He won by two over Cameron Young, who made it easier on him by taking bogey on the final hole for a 68. Young now has seven runner-up finishes without a win.

Malnati’s approach on the 16th went long and left into gnarly rough some 50 feet from the pin, leaving him a tough chip to try to save par and stay tied. But his foot was on a sprinkler head, which entitled him to a free drop. With the extra club length, he was able to drop it on the fringe and use putter, which he sent down to short range for par.

On the par-3 17th into wind, Malnati hit a laser to 6 feet for birdie. Up ahead, Young hit his drive well left, got it on the green and three-putted from 50 feet for bogey.

Malnati goes to the Masters for the first time and gets a two-year exemption. He also is assured of getting into the remaining four $20 million signature events without any help.

Check out “Watts” in Peter Malnati’s bag below.

Driver: Titleist TSR3 (10 degrees) – Shaft: Project X Denali Blue 60 TX

3-wood: Titleist TSi3 (15 degrees) – Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 70 X

Hybrid: Titleist 818 H2 (19 degrees) – Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 95 X

Irons: Titleist T200 (4), Titleist T150 (5), Titleist T100 (6-9) – Shafts: True Temper AMT Tour White S400

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (48-10F, 52-12F, 56-08M, 60-04T @62) – Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron TourType Special Select Masterful Tour Prototype 

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x Yellow