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Corey Conners wins Valero Texas Open

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.

Corey Conners Wins Valero Texas Open

Conners only entered the tournament field Monday, and he’s the first golfer to win on the PGA Tour after qualifying on a Monday in nine years.

Prior to that, it had been 24 years that a Monday qualifier won on the tour.

Conners made three birdies in the final five holes, shooting a 6-under 66. He was 20-under for the tournament, winning by two shots over Charley Hoffman.

Next stop for Conners: Augusta, Georgia, for this week’s Masters.

PGA Tour Money Earning: Valero Texas Open

Contenders at the Valero Texas Open

Hoffman, the 2016 Texas Open winner, shot 67 for 18-under on the weekend.

Ryan Moore closed with an 8-under 64, a shot off the course record, and was third at 17-under.

Si Woo Kim, The Players Championship winner in 2017, led the opening three rounds but dropped to a tie for fourth with Brian Stuard (15-under) after an even-par 72.

Conners, the 2014 U.S. Amateur runner-up, will play in his second Masters. Two of the top three finishers last year at Augusta missed the top 10 this week. Rickie Fowler was tied for 17th while 10 strokes back at 10-under with a final-round 69, and Jordan Spieth (72) was 7-under.

Stuard finished with 66 to get to 15-under. Kevin Streelman closed with an 8-under 64 and was 14-under. He missed tying the course record when, after four-straight birdies, he hit his approach from the 18th fairway into the gallery and bogeyed.

Wild Round for Conners

It was a wild round for Conners, a Canadian who had not won on any of the PGA Tour’s affiliated circuits. He had 10 birdies and four pars that sandwiched four consecutive bogeys on the front nine.

He had a one-stroke lead when he rammed home a 34-foot birdie putt at No. 12, and stayed a stroke up with a tap-in 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.

Moore missed a birdie opportunity on the next hole when he couldn’t convert on a putt from inside 10 feet. Minutes later, Conners sank a 10-footer to save par at No. 15, then hit to four feet to set up a birdie at the 175-yard par-3 16th. His birdie at No. 17 gave him a three-shot lead walking up the final hole.

Conners Finishes Strong

Conners looked like he would tuck this one away early. He birdied four of the first five holes at TPC San Antonio. Trailing by a shot going in the final round, he benefited from a three-stroke swing on the leaderboard on the third hole with a 10-foot putt on the par-3. Kim hit into the water fronting the green and double-bogeyed. Later in the day, Kim was grabbing at his right upper body with an apparent injury.

Conners was two strokes ahead, and with birdies on the next two holes he led by four over both Kim and Hoffman.

But Conners bogeyed the next four, and three of those came after tee shots put him in nice position either from the middle of the fairway or close to it.

The other bogey, on a par-3 at No. 7, he hit his tee shot into a bunker, then blasted over the green.

He made the turn and clicked off three consecutive birdies. The last player to qualify on Monday and win a PGA Tour event was Arjun Atwal in 2010 at the Wyndham Championship.

Conners only entered the tournament after winning a Monday qualifier. He earned $1.35 million and 500 FedEx Cup points for the victory, as well.

Here are the complete results and player earnings for the players who made the 36-hole cut in the Valero Texas Open.

Valero Texas Open Results

1Corey Conners-2069676666268$1,350,000.00500
2Charley Hoffman-1871686467270$810,000.00300
3Ryan Moore-1768706964271$510,000.00190
T4Brian Stuard-1567707066273$330,000.00123
T4Si Woo Kim-1566666972273$330,000.00123
6Kevin Streelman-1472696964274$270,000.00100
T7Graeme McDowell-1269697266276$203,036.0075
T7Byeong-Hun An-1269687366276$203,036.0075
T7Jason Kokrak-1270736568276$203,036.0075
T7Matt Kuchar-1269716769276$203,036.0075
T7Danny Lee-1268726670276$203,036.0075
T7Adam Schenk-1270667070276$203,036.0075
T7Scott Brown-1271676771276$203,036.0075
T14Zack Fischer-1171697166277$135,000.000
T14Lucas Glover-1172706669277$135,000.0055
T14Kyoung-Hoon Lee-1169676972277$135,000.0055
T17Cameron Tringale-1069746867278$112,500.0049
T17Rickie Fowler-1068687369278$112,500.0049
T17Hank Lebioda-1068707070278$112,500.0049
T20Sung-jae Im-973696869279$90,500.0043
T20Wyndham Clark-969737067279$90,500.0043
T20Scottie Scheffler-971687070279$90,500.000
T23Scott Stallings-868697370280$63,214.0034
T23Jim Furyk-870726870280$63,214.0034
T23Fabian Gomez-873677070280$63,214.0034
T23Harold Varner III-870667371280$63,214.0034
T23Peter Malnati-871687071280$63,214.0034
T23Jose de Jesus Rodriguez-871706871280$63,214.0034
T23Sam Burns-872697366280$63,214.0034
T30Jonas Blixt-772706970281$45,562.0024
T30Matt Jones-769687470281$45,562.0024
T30Aaron Baddeley-771706971281$45,562.0024
T30Jordan Spieth-768687372281$45,562.0024
T30Jimmy Walker-770696973281$45,562.0024
T30Jhonattan Vegas-767716776281$45,562.0024
T36Beau Hossler-669707172282$34,562.0018
T36Andrew Putnam-672706872282$34,562.0018
T36Martin Laird-674686872282$34,562.0018
T36Ollie Schniederjans-670716972282$34,562.0018
T36Rory Sabbatini-669687273282$34,562.0018
T36Kristoffer Ventura-671727069282$34,562.000
T42Abraham Ancer-567727173283$23,040.0011
T42Max Homa-568746873283$23,040.0011
T42Mackenzie Hughes-570716973283$23,040.0011
T42Sam Ryder-573667371283$23,040.0011
T42Dylan Frittelli-571726971283$23,040.0011
T42Adam Svensson-573697170283$23,040.0011
T42Brendan Steele-570726774283$23,040.0011
T42Martin Kaymer-572717070283$23,040.0011
T42Sung Kang-570737169283$23,040.0011
T42Sam Saunders-572717169283$23,040.0011
T52Nick Taylor-469727172284$17,490.007
T52Li Haotong-470707371284$17,490.000
T52Russell Henley-471727071284$17,490.007
T52Kyle Stanley-470707470284$17,490.007
T52Kyle Jones-476677170284$17,490.007
T57Josh Teater-369687573285$16,725.005
T57Ernie Els-371697471285$16,725.005
T57Roberto Diaz-368717571285$16,725.005
T57Ryan Armour-369717570285$16,725.005
T61Richy Werenski-272716974286$16,275.005
T61Tony Finau-272717073286$16,275.005
T63Joost Luiten-172697076287$15,900.000
T63Jim Knous-170677476287$15,900.004
T63Robert Streb-172707372287$15,900.004
66Martin TrainerE73707273288$15,600.004
T67J.T. Poston+167747474289$15,375.004
T67Morgan Hoffmann+168757274289$15,375.004
T69Joel Dahmen+270736780290$15,075.003
T69K.J. Choi+273697276290$15,075.003
Hunter MahanE707175216$14,550.003
J.B. HolmesE697374216$14,550.003
Padraig HarringtonE727173216$14,550.003
Chip McDanielE746973216$14,550.000
Vaughn TaylorE707373216$14,550.003
Trey Mullinax+1717274217$14,100.002
Ted Potter Jr.+3687378219$13,800.002
Brian Gay+3717276219$13,800.002
Anders Albertson+3737076219$13,800.002
Curtis Luck+6736881222$13,500.002


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