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April 22, 2018

Final Round Notes

Weather: Sunny, with a high of 78. Wind N 10-20 mph.

Final-Round Leaderboard

Andrew Landry69-67-67-68271 (-17)
Sean O’Hair72-70-65-66271 (-15)
Trey Mullinax74-68-62-69271 (-15)
Jimmy Walker71-69-67-67271 (-14)
Zach Johnson70-65-68-72271 (-13)

Andrew Landry

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.

PGA TOUR career starts-made cuts-top-10s-wins: 32-15-5-1

Landry’s stats for the week:

R1 – 9 of 14 fairways, 13 of 18 greens in regulation, 3/5 scrambling, 28 putts.
R2 – 7 of 14 fairways, 14 of 18 greens in regulation, 3/4 scrambling, 27 putts.
R3 – 9 of 14 fairways, 16 of 18 greens in regulation, 2/2 scrambling, 29 putts.
R4 – 8 of 14 fairways, 10 of 18 greens in regulation, 7/8 scrambling, 23 putts.


About Andrew Landry

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)
Turned professional/Joined TOUR: 2009/2016
Web.com Tour Graduate (2015, 2017)

Third-Round Lead Notes

Since the tournament moved to TPC San Antonio – AT&T Oaks Course in 2010, six third-round leaders/co-leaders of the Valero Texas Open have held on for the win, with Landry doing so on the heels of Kevin Chappell’s win in 2017.

So far this season, 12 of 24 third-round leaders/co-leaders have held on for the win in stroke-play events. Prior to Landry this week, the most recent to do it was Patrick Reed at the Masters.

Zach Johnson

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.

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.

Miscellaneous Notes

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).

Joaquin Niemann, the former World No. 1 amateur who made his professional debut this week, birdied his final three holes for a 5-under 67 to finish sixth. Prior to Niemann, the last player to finish inside the top 10 in their first TOUR start as a professional at the Valero Texas Open was Anthony Kim (T2-2006). While Niemann was already scheduled to play the Wells Fargo Championship courtesy of a Sponsor Exemption, now he’ll gain entry based on his top-10 finish this week.

Ryan Moore finished seventh for his second top-10 finish in four starts at the Valero Texas Open (7-2018, T18-2017, T8-2012, T53-2005). Moore moves to No. 45 in the FedExCup standings as he attempts to finish inside the top 100 in the FedExCup for the 12th straight season, led by a seventh-place finish in 2016.

Kevin Streelman finished T8 in his sixth start at the Valero Texas Open. Following a T7 last week at the RBC Heritage, Streelman records back-to-back top-10 finishes on TOUR for the first time since turning in three in a row in 2013 at the RBC Heritage (T3), Wells Fargo Championship (T6) and THE PLAYERS Championship (T2).

Making his 39th start on the PGA TOUR, Andrew Putnam finished T8 for just his second top-10 finish on TOUR, just two starts since a T5 at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship.

Chris Kirk has three top-15 finishes in five Valero Texas Open starts (T8-2018, MC-2017, T13-2016, T8-2015, T48-2011).

Past Valero Texas Open champions in the field: Jimmy Walker (4), Zach Johnson (5), Martin Laird (T11), Kevin Chappell (T30), Brendan Steele (T30), Charley Hoffman (T64), Adam Scott (MC), Steven Bowditch (MC).

Bogey-free rounds:

R1: Billy Horschel (68), Ryan Moore (68).

R2: Chris Kirk (66), Ryan Moore (67), Nicholas Lindheim (67), Kevin Na (70), Chris Paisley (71), Chesson Hadley (71).

R3: Sean O’Hair (65), Andrew Landry (67), Andrew Putnam (68), Brandt Snedeker (68), J.T. Poston (68), Sam Ryder (68), Austin Cook (69), Graeme McDowell (70).

R4: None.

Scoring Averages at TPC San Antonio:

RoundFront 9Back 9TotalCumulative
R137.16736.36573.532--
R236.21335.83972.05272.794
R336.03734.88870.92572.412
R436.00036.12572.12572.367

The par-4 first hole played the most difficult this week at 4.296. The par-5 14th played the easiest at 4.486.

ABOUT VALERO

Valero Energy Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is an international manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels and other petrochemical products. Valero subsidiaries employ approximately 10,000 people, and its assets include 15 petroleum refineries with a combined throughput capacity of approximately 3 million barrels per day, 11 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of 1.4 billion gallons per year and renewable diesel production from a joint venture. Through subsidiaries, Valero owns the general partner of Valero Energy Partners LP (NYSE: VLP), a midstream master limited partnership. Approximately 7,400 outlets carry the Valero, Diamond Shamrock, Shamrock, and Beacon brands in the United States; Ultramar in Canada; and Texaco in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Valero is a Fortune 500 company based in San Antonio. Please visit www.valero.com for more information.

ABOUT THE VALERO TEXAS OPEN

The Valero Texas Open is the 6th oldest professional tournament in golf world-wide, the 3rd oldest on the PGA TOUR and the longest held in the same city. In 2012, the tournament celebrated its 90th anniversary.

Its list of champions includes some of the greatest names in golf history: Walter Hagen, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Ben Crenshaw, Hale Irwin, Lee Trevino, Nick Price, Justin Leonard, Zach Johnson, Adam Scott, Jimmy Walker and 2018 champion Andrew Landry, to name a few.

Since Valero became title sponsor in 2002, the tournament has become a leader in charitable fundraising among PGA TOUR events. The Valero Texas Open together with the Benefit for Children eclipsed the $100 million mark in charitable giving in 2015, becoming the fourth PGA TOUR event to do so. Raising a record $12 million in 2018, the tournament has now contributed more than $138 million to hundreds of worthy charities.

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