In case you haven’t noticed lately, it’s extremely tight atop PGA Tour leaderboards — so tight, in fact, that PGA Tour events have gone into a playoff in each of the last three weeks.
The run started with a three-man playoff for the Northern Trust Open between eventual winner James Hahn, Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey. The next week, Padraig Harrington and Daniel Berger battled it out in overtime on Monday for The Honda Classic title. Then, on Sunday, the Puerto Rico Open, played opposite the WGC-Cadillac Championship, had a five-man playoff, with Alex Cejka picking up his first PGA Tour win at age 44 over Sam Saunders, Emiliano Grillo, Tim Petrovic and Jon Curran.
This week’s Valspar Championship, played at Innisbrook’s difficult Copperhead course, could lead to another playoff. The last one in the event was a four-man affair in 2012, with Luke Donald prevailing.
If the Valspar does go extra frames, it’ll match a recent record. Back in 2011, when the Tour schedule saw a record 18 playoffs, there was a run of four consecutive events with a playoff, ending when K.J. Choi won The Players in a playoff over David Toms.