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Sport Landry rides hot start to first PGA Tour win at Texas Open

05:30  23 april  2018
05:30  23 april  2018 Source:   expressnews.com

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Andrew Landry won the Valero Texas Open on Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory, pulling away with early birdies and holding on with par saves. 6 and 10. He bogeyed the par-4 11th before the closing par run. Landry won in his 32nd PGA Tour start .

It wasn’t his first time playing in the final group. But Andrew Landry’s view from the first tee at the Valero Texas Open on Sunday had to have been daunting.

The Texan was joined by Zach Johnson, a player who had won the tournament twice and Trey Mullinax, who had just set the course record the day before.

Instead of retreating, Landry roared.

He birdied his first three holes to build a comfortable lead, then held on on the back nine — overcoming Mullinax, Johnson and his own nerves — to win the tournament championship for his first victory on the PGA Tour.

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“Obviously, you’re going to be nervous whenever you’re trying to compete for your first win,” he said. “I definitely felt some nerves out there, absolutely. But I just stuck to my game plan and saw it happen.”

Landry, 30, a native of Port Neches now living in Austin, needed just 23 putts to fashion a 4-under 68 on the day for a 271 total and a two-shot win over Mullinax and Sean O’Hair.

The victory sealed, Landry pocketed a cool $1.116 million.

Soon after Landry’s birdie run to start the round, he birdied the par-4 sixth hole to increase his lead to three shots over Johnson, Mullinax and Ryan Moore.

The trio appeared to be fighting just to stay in the game at that point.

But Landry’s birdie on No. 10 was to be his last.

Mullinax, playing on conditional status in just his second year on tour, nearly caught Landry on the back nine, closing to within a stroke after a birdie on the par-4 11th.

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But the 25-year-old Birmingham, Alabama, native, blew a chance to pull into a tie on 17 when he chunked his approach shot into the bunker and wound up bogeying the hole.

Then he missed a 9-foot putt on 18 that would have put some pressure on Landry and wound up parring the hole.

Landry parred the hole, too, but hit his approach to the backside of the green, 49 feet from the hole.

He putted to within 8 feet, but after Mullinax missed his 9-foot birdie attempt, the pressure on Landry lifted.

He had two chances to win, and wound up sinking his 8-footer for par and the win.

“You know, I played well,” said Mullinax, who shot a 3-under 69 on Sunday. “I didn’t take care of the par 5s on the back nine, which hurt a little bit. Made a bad bogey on 17 to fail to put a little heat on him, but this experience that I’m gaining right now is just going to help me down the road.”

Johnson, a two-time Texas Open champion (2008-09) and two-time major champion who came into the day with a share of the lead, finished four back in fifth after a disappointing final-round 72.

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SAN ANTONIO — Andrew Landry won the Valero Texas Open on Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory, pulling away with early birdies and holding "I think that that was really, really key to getting to where I am right now." Landry won in his 32nd PGA Tour start . He earned his tour card last year on

Johnson was attempting to join Arnold Palmer (1960-62) and Justin Leonard (2000-01, 2007) as the only three-time winners of the tournament.

“Obviously, not very pleased with the day,” Johnson, 42, said. “I had some opportunities early I let go, but when it came down to it I feel like I execute when it means the most.

“Andrew obviously played great, especially at the start. You have a worthy champion, clearly.”

Boerne’s Jimmy Walker finished strong with his second straight 5-under 67 to place fourth with a 274 total.

Walker, 39, who entered the day just four shots off the lead, had seven birdies and two bogeys Sunday. He finished with birdies on 17 and 18 after back-to-back bogeys on 14 and 15 dashed any hopes of one final charge.

It was his best finish of the season and best performance since he was diagnosed with Lyme disease a year ago.

“Yeah, I would say so,” he said. “I played super solid, putted unreal, great finish. Just a little slip-up there on 14 got me yesterday and today, so it’s kind of a bummer.

“But from where I’ve been, it’s nice to see a lot of red numbers, nice to see putts going in, nice to be in contention. I was making birdies, which I haven’t really been doing. I was making putts, which I haven’t been doing. I got excited and nervous today and that was fun.”

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As he walked onto the 18th green after hitting his approach to within four feet, the gallery gave the hometown guy a nice ovation.

“That was nice,” he said.

As for the disease he’s fought for 16 months, he said he feels as if he’s finally winning the battle.

“I still have days that aren’t amazing,” he said, “but all in all it’s so much better. I feel like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Joaquin Nieman, 20, the former world No. 1 amateur from Chile making his professional debut, closed out a strong week with a 5-under 67 to finish sixth.

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