Canadian Corey Conners claimed his first PGA Tour victory and earned an invite to the Masters on Sunday, winning the Valero Texas Open less than a week after qualifying. He birdied four of the first five holes at TPC San Antonio.
Saturday, he shot 3-under 69 - his highest round of the tournament - to remain ahead of the rest of the field in first place (15 under). "I certainly think a past history helps but just having the confidence that I know how to play that golf course can go a long way".
"If I'm reading (the greens) good I can putt well", he said. He finished at 20-under 268 for the tournament.
But a 13-footer at the 15th that would have tied him with Kim rolled to the lip without falling.
Scott Brown turned in a second straight 67, and Jhonattan Vegas also shot 67.
Fowler was one shot back until his second-last hole at the eighth, where he tallied a bogey at the par five. He won the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February and was tied for second when Keith Mitchell sank a final-hole birdie to win the Honda Classic on the Florida swing. "That was a heck of a shot".
Hoffman has four PGA Tour wins, including the 2016 Texas Open. That was the first time it had been done in 24 years. The victor is invited to the Masters if not already eligible - Conners is looking for an invitation.
The victory will have a transformative effect on Conners' season, securing his PGA Tour card while gaining entry to several prestige event in addition to next week's Masters.
With that commanding lead, Conners was never going to be denied and played the last conservatively to bag a comfortable par. "I was just expecting the wind to hold it a bit better, and obviously it didn't".
Jones was bogey-free today and heads into the weekend well placed to improve on the consecutive top twenties he has recorded in his last two starts.
Hoffman's hot finish came with a birdie at the 14th.
Moore joined Conners at the top of the leaderboard with an 8-foot putt at No. 16 that was his fourth birdie in five holes.
"I was trying to hit to the left edge of the bunker, with the wind", Kim said. "It was all of a 3-wood". Even with an eagle on the 18th, Fowler dropped 14 spots to 16th and 7 under. Earlier in the day, he chipped in from off his second green. He had two more good chances to match Kim late in the round.
Spieth did well to manage that, firing five birdies on the back nine to recover from an bad first half of his round. He added four more on the backside. I made those adjustments mid-round and was able to shoot 5 under. "Hit some good shots out there, made a few putts".
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