PGA Tour players discuss the dreaded Snake Pit at the Valspar Championship

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The Valspar Championship at the Innisbrook Resort is famous for its closing three-hole stretch known as “The Snake Pit.”

The sign welcoming players to the Snake Pit reads; “You Are Entering THE SNAKE PIT. The Moccasin, The Rattler and The Copperhead are Among the Most Difficult Finishing Holes on the PGA Tour!”

PGA talked to several players leading up to the tournament about the stretch that essentially defines the Copperhead Course.

“When it comes to the Snake Pit, you had better be ready to go,” Matt Kuchar said. “Luckily it’s late in the round and you get a chance to make sure you get a few good drives in. Driving the ball is such a crucial thing, particularly 16 is such a really demanding hole.”

Adam Hadwin, who gained a lot of¬†notoriety earlier in the season when he shot a 59 at the CareerBuilder Challenge, is taking a four shot lead over Patrick Cantlay into Sunday’s final round.

“The Snake Pit is something that is not easy to prepare for,”Hadwin said. “You’ve got to hit some real good shots going in there, get an idea of where the lines are and you ope the winds are not blowing too hard that day, otherwise it’s going to be extremely difficult. 16 is probably the hardest of the three.”

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