Peter Malnati’s Win at the Valspar Championship: A Microcosm of PGA Tour’s Full vs. Limited Field Battle and Implications for the Future

Rex & Lav’s Valspar Win Reflects Larger Concerns

In a historic moment, Peter Malnati emerged victorious at the Valspar Championship, becoming the first PGA Tour policy board player director to do so this season. Senior writers Rex Hoggard and Ryan Lavner analyze Malnati’s win as a microcosm of the Tour’s battle of limited vs. full fields. Meanwhile, Cam Young struggled with an 18th-hole collapse and continues to grapple with securing a win on Tour.

On the podcast, hosts Lav and Hoggard reflect on Lav’s recent return from vacation and insights gained from a recent appearance by Steve Sands. They discuss the lack of accountability for Cam Young’s recent setback and praise Scottie Scheffler’s standout performance that is putting increased scrutiny on other players’ games. The discussion on Malnati’s win extends into its implications for the Tour as a whole and the value of journeymen like Malnati in a potential new world-tour era.

The unique perspective of Malnati winning as a Tour policy board member adds an interesting dimension to the conversation, highlighting the intersecting roles and responsibilities within the golf community. With Justin Thomas’s performance causing some concern, the hosts explore various factors leading into the Masters. The episode concludes with a lighter segment on what’s cooking on the grill and Puerto Rico detox to round out the discussion.

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