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PGA Tour board member reveals ‘cute’ motive for yellow golf ball at Valspar Championship

PGA Tour Policy Board member Peter Malnati has played with a yellow golf ball for quite some time now. It has not helped him much, as the former Missouri Tiger has four missed cuts and only one top-10 this season. But he is in line to finish in the top-10 at this week’s Valspar Championship

PGA Tour board member reveals ‘cute’ motive for yellow golf ball at Valspar Championship

PGA Tour Policy Board member Peter Malnati has performed with a yellow golf ball for fairly a while now.

It has not helped him a lot, as the previous Missouri Tiger has 4 missed cuts and just one top-10 this season.

However he’s in line to complete within the top-10 at this week’s Valspar Championship, the place he sits in a tie for second by means of 54 holes.

Dubbed the “most colourful occasion” in golf for its sponsor, Malnati revealed why he now makes use of a yellow golf ball after his 3-under 68 on Saturday.

“Properly, I began utilizing it in Minnesota on the 3M Championship final summer time,” Malnati mentioned.

“I switched to it as a result of, on the time, my three-year-old, who’s now 4, appreciated them. He’s type of over it now, however it nonetheless makes me consider him, and that’s value a smile or two, which is value so much on the market for me.”

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Peter Malnati, PGA Tour, Valspar Championship

Peter Malnati walks off the 4th inexperienced together with his yellow golf ball in hand.
Photograph by Julio Aguilar/Getty Photographs

For Malnati, smiles have been onerous to come back by recently.

Between his struggles on the golf course and the negotiations with the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF), the 36-year-old has had a anxious couple of years.

But, he finds a reprieve by means of his golf ball, which reminds him of his son.

However he additionally had loads of motive to smile on the 18th inexperienced, the place he noticed his yellow golf ball pour into the middle of the cup for birdie. He drained it from 31 ft to climb to 8-under, two behind chief Keith Mitchell.

“It feels actually good to knock in a putt,” Malnati mentioned.

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“I hit it properly at this time, and I wasn’t stuffing it in there tight all day, however I had loads of appears on the again 9, type of mid-range putts, and typically I get a few of these to go, and I actually hadn’t at this time. To make that one on the finish, it felt actually, very nice.”

Certainly, Malnati’s birdie on the 18th was his first par-breaker since the 7th hole. After bogeying the eighth, he made 9 straight pars.

Now, he is able to do one thing particular: win once more on the PGA Tour.

“I can’t consider very many occasions the place I’ve really teed off on Sunday realistically considering of successful the event,” Malnati added.

“Sadly, it feels particular. Hopefully, it is going to really feel regular by the tip of the yr, however it feels particular, and it’s one thing that I’m actually enthusiastic about. It’s why I work onerous so I can have these alternatives.”

Malnati has just one profession PGA Tour win, which got here on the Sanderson Farms Championship in 2015.

He has by no means performed at Augusta National, nor has he certified for The Open. His win in Mississippi certified him for the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol, however he didn’t make it to the weekend. He returned to the 2021 version, and as soon as once more missed the lower.

A month later, he suffered the identical destiny on the U.S. Open, which Jon Rahm received at Torrey Pines.

It has been a troublesome few years for Malnati, grinding it out on the PGA Tour and struggling to maintain his card.

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However he has loads to smile about on Saturday night, and maybe {the golfing} world will see him and his colourful golf ball win probably the most colourful occasion in golf.

Jack Milko is a golf workers author for SB Nation’s Taking part in Via. Make sure you try @_PlayingThrough for extra golf protection. You’ll be able to observe him on Twitter @jack_milko as properly.

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