Andrew Landry wins first PGA Tour title at Texas Open

Oscar Cross
April 24, 2018

"I didn't even really think about it, to be honest with you", Landry said. Looking to put some pressure on Landry, Mullinax chunked his pitch on the short 17th hole into a greenside bunker, leading to a bogey on one of the easiest holes on the course.

Of the other Australians who made it to the final 36 holes, Rod Pampling finished 68th and John Senden, after making the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut. Mullinax holed out from 95 feet for eagle at the par-5 14th, sank a 40-foot birdie putt at the par-3 16th and a six-foot birdie putt at 17, then reached the 18th green in two and holed a 16-footer for another eagle and the course record.

Mullinax endured a roller coaster start with four birdies and two bogeys in the first eight holes, but began the back nine with back-to-back birdies to stay on Landry's heels.

In January 2018, Landry had his career-best PGA Tour finish and only top-10 showing on Tour before Sunday when he lost in a four-hole, sudden-death playoff to Spain's Jon Rahm at the CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, Calif.

"My aim was to be really good".

Landry, a 30-year-old from Port Neches in far southeast Texas, took charge from the start of the final round, birdieing the first three holes to set the pace and put the rest of the players near the lead into a chase mode. I was having a problem with my putter. Normally that's a strength of my game.

Jimmy Walker, the 2016 Valero Texas Open victor and a local favorite, shot 5 under on Sunday and finished alone in fourth at 14 under. This was the Washington State native's fourth VTO, fourth cash and third consecutive top-20 finish. He won the event in 2008 and 2009, the last two times it was played at LaCantera.

"It's fun to compete against the so-called younger generation", Johnson said.

Joaquin Niemann shot 67-67 on the weekend to finish sixth at 12 under in his pro debut.

"It's incredible. It's really nice to be standing with the best players in the world and be on the leaderboard", Niemann told CBS television. The 19-year-old from Chile was the top-ranked amateur in the world.

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