Andrew Landry became the second player in a row to win their maiden PGA Tour title at the Valero Texas Open with a two-shot victory on Sunday. A further gain on the 6th moved him to 17-under-par, and another on the 10th moved him three shots clear.
A final-round 69 marked a career-best finish for Mullinax, who is playing this season on conditional status and whose lone prior top-10 this season came after he Monday qualified for the Valspar Championship.
"It was obviously a tough week this week", Landry said.
Landry played at Arkansas after starring at Port Neches-Groves High School east of Houston. "It was pretty special to be able to snag a victory with everybody being here to share it". He earned $1,116,000 and a spot in the Masters next year. Second-round co-leader Ryan Moore (even par of Sunday) was another shot back in seventh. Landry hit a 55-foot putt over a ridge to 3 feet for par on 17 and made an 8-footer on 18 after running a 50-foot downhill birdie try past.
Mullinax started the final round within a shot of the lead, having fired a course-record 62 during the final round.
"Just a lot of confidence". "Give all credit to Andrew".
"It's wonderful. It's really nice to be standing with the best players in the world and be on the leaderboard", Niemann told CBS television.
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"I hope it does", he said.
Landry jumped out to an early lead with birdies on three, five and six and picked up two more on 16 and 17 to finish on the penultimate day free of any bogeys. "This week I make a change and my putting was working really well". Landry is also the sixth golfer since 2004 to win to win for the first time on Tour in the San Antonio event and the fourth since 2011.
"It helps because you get yourself in that situation and you continue to learn", Landry said. Just my putter wasn't good enough. "Now here we are, a victor".
Walker ended the week in outright fourth on 14 under and one shot ahead of two-time victor Zach Johnson, who ran up a scrappy six at the last to complete a disappointing 72.
"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", said Walker, the 2015 victor. This was the Washington State native's fourth VTO, fourth cash and third consecutive top-20 finish.
"This is an fantastic feeling, to be competing with the best players in the world and seeing my name on the leaderboard", Niemann said. "I know what I've got to clean up". The 19-year-old from Chile was the top-ranked amateur in the world.