The Associated Press
SAN ANTONIO–Andrew Landry won the Valero Texas Open yesterday for his first PGA Tour victory, pulling away with early birdies and holding on with par saves.
The 30-year-old Texan, busy at home in Austin with the recent birth of the family’s first child, parred the final seven holes for a four-under 68 and a two-stroke victory over Trey Mullinax and Sean O’Hair.
“It was obviously a tough week this week,” Landry said. “Going into the last few weeks with the childbirth and just really getting back out.”
Landry played at Arkansas after starring at Port Neches-Groves High School east of Houston.
Many family members were at TPC San Antonio yesterday.
“Everybody was out,” Landry said.
“It was pretty special to be able to snag a victory with everybody being here to share it.”
Landry finished at 17-under 271. He earned $1,116,000 and a spot in the Masters next year.
“I didn’t even really think about it, to be honest with you,” Landry admitted.
“There’s a lot of perks for a tour win, and you’ve just got to continue to stay focused and not think about those kind of things,” he reasoned.
Landry took a two-stroke lead to the par-five 18th after Mullinax had chunked a flop shot and bogeyed the short par-four 17th.
Landry hit a 55-foot putt over a ridge to three feet for par on 17, then made an eight-footer on 18 after running a 50-foot downhill birdie try past.
Mullinax closed with a 69 a day after breaking the AT&T Oaks Course record with a 62.
Canadian David Hearn finished in a tie for 16th, shooting a seven-under 281.
His countrymen, Corey Conners and Ben Silverman, ended in ties for 26th and 45th, respectively.