Published: Tue, April 24, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Landry outlasts Mullinax for first PGA win at Texas Open

Landry outlasts Mullinax for first PGA win at Texas Open

Landry, who shared the overnight lead with Zach Johnson on 13 under, birdied four of the first six holes and then the 10th to reach 18-under with seven to play. Landry was unquestionably the best ball striker in San Antonio this week, ranking first in SG: Approach, SG: Tee-to-green, and greens in regulation.

Landry was able to notch his first career PGA Tour victory at the Valero Texas Open after closing with a four-under 68 on Sunday.

Pars from both men on the par-five 18th meant it was the Texan native who lifted his maiden PGA Tour title, while Mullinax would finish in a share of second after Sean O'Hair chipped in for a birdie on the final hole.

"It took a lot of hard work to get to this point", Landry said. However, he chunked his second shot on the short par-4 17th into a greenside bunker and eventually bogeyed to fall two shots off the pace with just one hole to play.

Brief tension over a possible two-shot swing ended when Mullinax missed his birdie putt and seconds later, Landry sank his par putt to clinch the title.

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Local favourite Jimmy Walker got to within three of the lead when he rolled in his fifth birdie putt of the day at the 11th, but the 2016 PGA champion fell out of the running with back-to-back bogeys at 14 and 15, although he lifted his spirits with a birdie-birdie finish to cap a 67. 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.

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. A further gain on the 6th moved him to 17-under-par, and another on the 10th moved him three shots clear.

"It's unbelievable. It's a lot of fun to be standing among the best players in the world on that leaderboard", Niemann said.

"Everybody was out", Landry said. "Now I just have to keep it going".

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