10 Things You Didn’t Know About Peter Malnati

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Peter Malnati

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Peter Malnati, the latest winner on the PGA Tour, secured an impressive victory at the Valspar Championship this past weekend.

While his name may not be as well-known as some of golf’s biggest stars, Malnati’s journey and accomplishments are certainly worth exploring.

In this article, we’ll delve into ten fascinating facts about the talented golfer that you might not have known before his triumph at Innisbrook Resort.

Malnati Has Won Twice On The PGA Tour

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Peter Malnati has won twice on the PGA Tour. His first win came back in 2015 at the Sanderson Farms Championship. 3,058 days later, he won the Valspar Championship.

Malnati Has Made Over $10 Million On The Course

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Despite only racking up a pair of victories on the PGA Tour, Malnati’s professional career has spanned more than 15 years. On the PGA Tour, he’s made $10,629,218 in career earnings.

Malnati Used To Chronicle His Career On A Blog

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During the early years of his PGA Tour career, Malnati wrote about his life and golf career on a blog he called: Peter Malnati: The Journey To Be My Best. You can still read the blog here.

Malnati Grew Up A Massive Kansas City Royals Fan


Born in Indiana, growing up in Tennessee and eventually going to college in Missouri, Malnati grew up a Kansas City Royals Fan. In 2015, he threw out the first pitch at a Royals-Chicago White Sox game.

Malnati Wears Blue In The Final Round

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In an ode to his Kansas City Royals fandom, Malnati has taken to wearing blue during the final round of his events.

Malnati’s Royals Fandom Led To An MLB Sponsorship

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Malnati’s allegiance to the Royals has led the two-time PGA Tour winner to ink a sponsorship deal with MLB.com.

Malnati Met His Wife, Alicia, At The University Of Missouri

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While in college at the University of Missouri where he was a standout golfer, Malnati met his wife, Alicia Hatcher. She received her Ph.D. in Health Education and Promotion from Mizzou.

Malnati Has Never Played In The Masters

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Despite being on the PGA Tour for more than a decade, Malnati has only played in three major championships, and he has never teed it up in the Masters or The Open Championship. He will play in both this year thanks to his win at Valspar.

Malnati Is A Player Director On The PGA Tour Policy Board

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As if being a professional golfer on the PGA Tour didn’t make him busy enough, Malnati also acts as one of six Player Directors on the PGA Tour Policy Board, which provide leadership, governance, and decision-making authority for the PGA Tour.

Malnati Famously Wears A Bucket Hat And Plays A Yellow Golf Ball

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Malnati has cultivated a unique look on the golf course. He wears a floppy bucket hat and plays a bright yellow golf ball. The reason for the unique golf ball?

“Well, I started using it in Minnesota at the 3M (Open) last summer,” he said. “And the reason I switched to it is because my, at the time, 3-year-old (Hatcher), who is now 4, liked them. And so, he’s kind of over it now, but it still makes me think of him, and that’s worth a smile or two, which is worth a lot out there for me.”