Malnati back to success after almost 9 years

"I can't describe the emotions I'm feeling. It's just fantastic"

by Andrea Gussoni
Malnati back to success after almost 9 years
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After nine years, four months, and 16 days since his last victory, Peter Malnati returns to success on the PGA Tour. The American triumphed in Florida, totaling 272 (66 71 68 67, -12) strokes to win the Valspar Championship.

Peter Malnati, results

At the Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead Course, par 71) in Palm Harbor, the 36-year-old from New Castle, Indiana, surpassed his compatriot Cameron Young, who finished 2nd with 274 (-10), ahead of another American, Chandler Phillips, 3rd with 275 (-9), along with Canadian Mackenzie Hughes.

"I can't describe the emotions I'm feeling. It's just fantastic. What's happening to me, I've seen it happen to some of my colleagues, but I never thought it could happen to me. It's a dream come true," Malnati expressed his satisfaction, moved alongside his son Hatcher at the end of the game.

The American thus ended a drought lasting 3,059 days. He hadn't won on the PGA Tour since November 2015 (Sanderson Farms Championship). Now 16th in the FedEx Cup, he has risen from 184th to 65th in the world rankings. And the feat earned him $1,512,000 out of a total prize pool of $8,400,000.

Francesco Molinari faced another tough challenge. The Italian golfer's tournament ended after 36 holes. With a total of 143 (70 73, +1) strokes, the azure one failed to make the cut. The PGA TOUR is the organization responsible for overseeing the major professional golf tours in the United States.

Headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, a suburb of Jacksonville, Florida, its official name is written entirely in capital letters, "PGA TOUR." Established as a separate entity in 1968, the PGA TOUR split from the PGA of America, which primarily represents golf professionals such as teachers and club managers.

Initially, tournament players formed their own organization, the Association of Professional Golfers (APG). Later, in 1968, players disbanded the APG and agreed to operate as the PGA "Tournament Players Division," a fully autonomous division of the PGA, overseen by a new 10-member Tournament Policy Board.

The name officially changed to "PGA Tour" in 1975. In 1981, the PGA TOUR faced a marketing dispute with the PGA of America and officially changed its name. From the end of August of that year, it became the "TPA Tour," standing for "Tournament Players Association." The controversy was resolved within seven months, and the tour reverted to its original name, "PGA Tour," in March 1982.

Due to the similarity in names, it's important to clarify what the PGA TOUR organizes and what it does not. The PGA TOUR does not manage any of the four major championships or the Ryder Cup. The PGA of America, not the PGA TOUR, organizes the PGA Championship, the Senior PGA Championship, and co-organizes the Ryder Cup with the PGA European Tour.

The PGA TOUR is not involved in women's tours in the United States, which are controlled by the LPGA. Additionally, the PGA TOUR is not the official governing body of golf in the United States; that role belongs to the USGA, which also organizes the U.S.

Open. What the PGA TOUR does is organize all other golf events week after week, including The Players Championship, the FedEx Cup, and the biennial Presidents Cup.