ADAM HADWIN holds up the champion's trophy after winning the Valspar Championship golf tournament on Sunday at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, Fla.

ADAM HADWIN holds up the champion’s trophy after winning the Valspar Championship golf tournament on Sunday at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, Fla.

PALM HARBOR, Fla.

Adam Hadwin only wanted a chance to win on the final hole Sunday at the Valspar Championship. He could have done without the self-inflicted drama.

Hadwin lost a two-shot lead with one swing on the 16th hole when his tee shot sailed into the water and led to double bogey. The 29-year-old Canadian kept his wits and closed with two pars, the final one good enough for a one-shot victory over Patrick Cantlay.

The victory sends him to Augusta National for the first time, even if it means altering a honeymoon trip to Tahiti. Hadwin is getting married March 24.

Hadwin closed with an even-par 71, and it was hard work to the end. Tied for the lead, and with Cantlay having come up short into a bunker, Hadwin went just over the back of the green against the collar of the fringe. He used the leading edge of a sand wedge to send it down the slope to 2 feet from the cup.

Cantlay came up well short and missed his 15-foot par putt to force a playoff. He closed with a 68.

Hadwin is the third Canadian to qualify for the Masters, joining RSM Classic winner Mackenzie Hughes and 2003 champion Mike Weir.

The consolation prize for Cantlay was a runner-up finish that paid $680,400, more than enough for him to secure full status for the rest of the year. The former No. 1 amateur was playing for only the second time since 2014 because of a stress fracture in his back

Hero Indian Open

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s S.S.P. Chawrasia successfully defended his Indian Open title, playing 25 holes Sunday in 4 under for a seven-stroke victory.

Chawrasia completed the third round with a 4-under 68 in the morning and added a 71 to finish at 10-under 278 in the European Tour event.


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