Tag Archives: 2016 Valspar Championship

Mar
13
2016

Lee McCoy, a 22-year-old amateur who plays for the University of Georgia, shot a two-under 69, in difficult conditions no less, at Innisbrook’s Copperhead course, a course that he had played hundreds of times as a local to the area, to post a tournament total four-under. Not only did that vault him to a solo fourth finish at the Valspar Championship — after he made the cut on the number — but he also beat world no. 1 Jordan Spieth, who he was playing alongside with in the final round.

Spieth, however, was impressed with McCoy, who was playing in the event thanks to a sponsor’s invitation. As the crowd surrounding the 18th green gave McCoy a standing ovation after he putted out for his par, Spieth was also clapping for him emphatically. For good reason.

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Mar
11
2016

Take a deep breath, everyone. Just chill. It’s going to be OK. No need to throw around super hot takes on social media channels early Friday evening and irresponsibly declaring that the world no. 1 Jordan Spieth is in a “slump.” (I mean, the trolling was so bad on Thursday afternoon that Rory McIlroy even chimed in, coming to his fellow competitor’s defense).

Whenever people irrationally and abruptly start questioning the ability of young mega-stars, it’s always important to put things in perspective and ask yourself, “What were you doing at 22?”

Sure, five of Spieth’s last nine rounds he’s carded on the PGA Tour have been over par. And yes, he opened up his attempt to defend his title at the Valspar Championship with a very disappointing five-over 76.

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