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Teeing It Up: March 9

PGA Tour

Event: Valspar Championship on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla., Thursday through Sunday.

TV: Thursday and Friday, 3-6 p.m., Golf Channel; Saturday, 1-3 p.m., Golf Channel, and 3-6 p.m., NBC.

Last Year: Jordan Spieth sank a 28-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole to turn back Patrick Reed and Sean O’Hair for the first of his five victories in 2015, a stretch that carried him to No. 1 in the World Golf Rankings. Spieth closed with a 3-under-par 69 to get into the playoff, but that doesn’t really tell the story. He tied for the lead with a 31-foot birdie putt on the 14th hole, saved par two holes later with a 57-foot bunker shot he took with one foot in the sand and knocked within 3 feet of the cup, and then made a 32-foot par putt on the last hole. Reed birdied two of the last four holes of regulation for a bogey-free 66, while O’Hair’s 67 included a single bogey on the sixth hole.


Next Event: JTBC Founders Cup at Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, March 17-20.

Champions Tour

Next Event: Tucson Conquistadores Classic at Omni Tucson National in Tucson, Ariz., March 18-20.