Historic Victory by PGA Tour Policy Board Director Peter Malnati: A Look at Limited vs. Full Fields and the Battle for Golf Stardom.

Rex & Lav’s Valspar Win Reflects Larger Concerns

Peter Malnati’s unexpected victory at the Valspar Championship marked a historic moment as he became the first PGA Tour policy board player director to win this season. This triumph was a microcosm of the Tour’s battle of limited vs. full fields, as senior writers Rex Hoggard and Ryan Lavner analyzed in detail.

In addition to Malnati’s win, Lavner and Hoggard delved into Cam Young’s 18th-hole collapse and his ongoing struggle to secure a win on Tour. They also explored the question of whether Justin Thomas should be a cause for concern leading up to the Masters.

On their podcast episode, hosts Lavner and Sands began by reflecting on insights gained from Steve Sands’ recent appearance. They questioned the lack of accountability for Cam Young’s recent setback but praised Scottie Scheffler’s standout performance that is elevating scrutiny on other players’ games. The discussion on Malnati’s win extended into the implications for the Tour as a whole and the value of journeymen like Malnati in a potential new world-tour era.

Malnati’s unique perspective as a Tour policy board member added 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 explored various factors at play leading into the Masters. The episode concluded with a lighter segment on what’s cooking on the grill and Puerto Rico detox to round out their discussion.

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