Biggest Winners and Losers of 2014 Valspar Championship

Richard Leivenberg@@richiemarketingContributor IIIMarch 16, 2014

Biggest Winners and Losers of 2014 Valspar Championship

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    It took John Senden eight years, but he finally scored his second pro victory at the 2014 Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Course in Palm Harbor, Fla.

    The 42-year-old Australian, who last won at the 2006 John Deere Classic, took advantage of a 64 on Saturday followed by some nifty pitching and putting to edge Kevin Na, who finished one back in second place.

    Known as one of the tougher courses on tour, Innisbrook played to form, especially its three closing holes known as "The Snake Pit." Senden actually pitched in on No. 16 on the final day to help secure his victory.  

    Here’s a look at the winners and losers from the 2014 Valspar Championship.

Winner: Will MacKenzie

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    Will MacKenzie is making a strong case for Comeback Player of the Year.

    After playing the entire 2013 on the Tour, he has returned to the PGA Tour and has performed extremely well.

    This marks the fifth time in seven outings this season the resurgent MacKenzie has finished in the Top 20 and the third time in the Top 10.

    His back-to-back 68 and 69 on the weekend was almost good enough to win the event, placing him just three behind the winner in a tie for fourth place.

Loser: Brandt Snedeker

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    Brandt Snedeker has not been able to return to the form that brought him two wins last year and the Fed Ex Cup in 2012.

    His finish of plus-six and a tie for 58th place at Innisbrook was not in keeping with his standing as won of golf's top players.

    In fact, 2014 has been anything but stellar for Snedeker who has missed two cuts and finished no better than 17th in any tournament to date.

Winner: Scott Langley

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    Scott Langley came very close to pulling off his first pro win, and, in fact, he held or was tied for the lead for much of the last nine holes.

    The 24-year-old second-year player surged to the top of the leaderboard when Robert Garrigus and Na fell back.

    His third-place finish was his best since his debut at the Sony Classic in Hawaii last year.

Loser: John Daly

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    John Daly is no stranger to doing things in a big way, although his octuple-bogey 12 on the 16th hole on the second day is probably not what he had in mind.

    Ultimately, he carded a 90 for the day, his second-highest round of his infamous PGA career. His day included five bogeys, three double bogeys and no birdies.

    Friday's in Tampa Bay haven't been good to Daly who shot an 81 on that day last year.

Winner: Luke Donald

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    Although winless in 2013, Luke Donald looks to making some inroads on changing that stat.

    He almost broke through at Innisbrook where he finished four under for the tournament and tied for fourth place.

    Donald, who held the No. 1 position in the world for much of 2012, is gaining needed momentum as he seeks his first major title at the upcoming Masters.

Loser: Justin Rose

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    This event was sort of a mixed bag for Rose who is fighting tendinitis in his right shoulder. 

    At one point, Rose was six under, and the golf tournament looked like his for the taking.

    Instead, he went out and shot five bogeys in seven holes and was never able to regain his momentum.

    Although his tie for eighth was admirable, last year's U.S. Open winner cannot be happy with his final day's performance.

Winner: Robert Garrigus

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    In a remarkable display of consistency and length, Garrigus birdied all of the par fives in the first three days which gave him a one-shot lead going into Sunday.

    Unfortunately, he got out of the gate slowly on the final day with two doubles and a bogey that allowed his closest competitors to catch or pass him.

Loser: Retief Goosen

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    Perhaps Retief Goosen gave himself false hope by shooting his best round of the year, a bogey-free, seven-under 64 which put him on the leaderboard on the third day of play.

    Unfortunately, his prominence was short-lived as he followed that with a highly inflated 79 dropping him all the way back to a tie for 44th.

Winner: Kevin Na

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    For someone who almost lost a stroke for slow play on Saturday, Na sure made the most of his tournament.

    He was up. He was down. He was up again and almost sent the event into a playoff when he missed a long birdie putt on the 72nd hole.

    He ended up finishing in sole possession of second place at six under for the tournament.