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Andrew Landry wins Valero Texas Open

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After beginning the final round of the Valero Texas Open tied with Zach Johnson, Andrew Landry posted a 4-under 68 (including three birdies to start the round) to post his first PGA TOUR victory. At 17-under 271 (the low winning score since the event moved to TPC San Antonio in 2010), Landry finished two strokes clear of Sean O’Hair and Trey Mullinax.

The victory came in Landry’s 32nd PGA TOUR start at the age of 30 years, 8 months and 15 days. He collects 500 points and moves from No. 41 to No. 9 in the FedExCup standings. Landry finished No. 178 in the FedExCup in his only other season on the PGA TOUR (2015-16).

 

Landry becomes the seventh first-time winner of the season, with three coming in the last five weeks (Brice Garnett, Satoshi Kodaira). He is the third player to record their first PGA TOUR victory in the last five editions of the Valero Texas Open, joining Steven Bowditch (2014) and Kevin Chappell (2017).

This week marked the first time Landry has carried the lead/co-lead into the final round on the PGA TOUR.

Landry, who made his way on TOUR this season by virtue of his fourth-place finish on the 2017 Web.com Tour priority list, is the first Texan to win the Valero Texas Open since Jimmy Walker in 2015.

Landry now has four top-10 finishes this season, with the first three coming in his first seven starts (T7/Safeway Open, T4/The RSM Classic, P2/CareerBuilder Challenge). He lost on the fourth hole of sudden death at the CareerBuilder Challenge to Jon Rahm.

Landry opened with a 4-under 66 to take the first-round lead at the 2016 U.S. Open. He was solo second after a second-round 1-over 71, T2 after a third-round even-par 70 and later finished T15 with an 8-over 78 in the final round.

In his only other start at the Valero Texas Open, Landry finished T51 in 2016.

Sean O’Hair chipped in for birdie from 55’ 1” on the final hole for a 6-under 66 and T2 finish. It marked the seventh runner-up finish for the four-time PGA TOUR winner in 345 starts, including one second-place finish in each of the last four seasons. O’Hair remains in search of his first PGA TOUR victory since the 2011 RBC Canadian Open, with this week representing his third top-12 finish in his last five starts on the PGA TOUR: T12-Valspar Championship, T7-Arnold Palmer Invitational, T64-Houston Open, MC-RBC Heritage, T2-Valero Texas Open.

One day after carding a current course record of 10-under 62, Trey Mullinax added a final-round 3-under 69 to finish a career-best T2. In search of his first PGA TOUR victory in his 41st start, Mullinax now owns three top-10 finishes in his career: T2-2018 Valero Texas Open, T8-2018 Valspar Championship, T9-2017 U.S. Open.

2015 Valero Texas Open champion and nearby Boerne resident Jimmy Walker finished fourth in his 13th start in the Valero Texas Open. He now has three top-10 finishes at this event (4-2018, 1-2015, T3-2010).

2008 and 2009 Valero Texas Open champion Zach Johnson, who entered the final round in a tie with Andrew Landry, posted an even-par 72 Sunday for a fifth-place finish. He was seeking to join Arnold Palmer (1960-62) and Justin Leonard (2000-01, 2007) as the only three-time winners of the Valero Texas Open.

It was a tale of two nines for Johnson this week, playing the front nine in even-par and the back nine in 13-under.

With six Valero Texas Open starts since moving to TPC San Antonio, Johnson has two top 10s (T6-2014, 5-2018).

This week marked the sixth time that Johnson has led or shared the lead on TOUR through 54 holes, converting three into victory: 2004 BellSouth Classic, 2009 Sony Open in Hawaii, 2009 Valero Texas Open.

Leaderboard:

Andrew Landry                    69-67-67-68—271 (-17)

Sean O’Hair                          72-70-65-66—273 (-15)

Trey Mullinax                       74-68-62-69—273 (-15)

Jimmy Walker                      71-69-67-67—274 (-14)

Zach Johnson                       70-65-68-72—275 (-13)