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), 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.
|Birthdate: August 7, 1987|
|Birthplace: Port Neches-Groves, Texas|
|Residence: Austin, Texas|
|Family: Wife, Elizabeth; Brooks Ryan (3/20/2018)|
|College: University of Arkansas (2009, Communications)|