Amateur Proves He’s the Real McCoy

Lee McCoy

For a few years, amateur Lee McCoy would stop by the office of Tracy West, the tournament director for the Valspar Championship, to plead his case for a sponsor exemption into the Tour event at his home course.

McCoy finally got the exemption this year and made the most of it, finishing fourth while beating playing partner Jordan Spieth on Sunday.


Pretty good stuff for a senior at the University of Georgia, who left Tampa Sunday evening for a seven-hour drive to Athens, Ga., to play in the 36-hole Southern Intercollegiate Monday.

“I’ve always dreamt of just getting a tee time here on Thursday. Playing with the No. 1 player in the world is something that never even crossed my mind. I had to pinch myself a few times today,” McCoy said.

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