Valero Texas Open. Andrew Landry Wins Maiden PGA Title.

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Andrew Landry wins the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio, his maiden PGA Tour victory.

Landry claims first TOUR title at Valero Texas Open

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Andrew carded a -4 under par 68 to win the Valero Texas Open by two shots with a -17 under total, and erased some bad memories along the way;

“I think that all those kinds of things really help every player whenever you get in a situation and you fail and you continue to fail.”

“You’re learning every single time.”

“It’s funny that we have two TOUR players that played from a nine-hole goat ranch, seriously.”

“It’s pretty amazing that both of us got out, we had good players to play with.”

“It was crazy, you could be on the PGA TOUR and a guy in Crocs could beat you.”

“I’m not lying.”

Sean O’Hair, -6 under 66 today and Trey Mullinax, -3 under 69 shared second place, those two shots back at -15 under par.

Trey gave credit to the way Andrew played, and his good putting;

“I know my game’s there, I’m playing really well.”

“Give all credit to Andrew, he played really well today, rocksteady.”

“He was putting great, hitting great shots.”

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Valero Texas Open, Zach and Andrew On Top.

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Zach Johnson and Andrew Landry are on top of the Valero Texas Open leaderboard after 54 holes at TPC San Antonio, and will take a one shot advantage into the final round tomorrow.

Z. Johnson, Landry share lead after Moving Day at Valero

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Zach carded a third round -4 under 68 to get to -13 under par for the Valero Texas Open and share the lead with Andrew.

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Andrew went one better, with a -5 under 67 to tie Zach at the top at -13 under par.

Zach won this title in 2008 and 2009, he would like to do it again, and his good putting could get him there ;

“I’ve got 18 holes to get to that point.”

“I’ve got to do exactly what I did on the back side and that was give myself opportunities on every hole.”

“I’m putting great, I’m seeing the lines well, my caddie’s reading the greens well, so it’s just a matter of committing and executing down the stretch.”

Andrew is also a great putter;

“I’m a good putter and I just need to give myself a lot of opportunities tomorrow like I did today.”

“I just did everything really good, I was staying patient and just trying to make a bunch of pars.”

“This golf course can come up and bite you in a heartbeat.”

“I’ll be looking forward to tomorrow.”

Alone in third place at -12 under par is Trey Mullinax, who equaled the course record with his third round -10 under par 62,  another good putter, he  has made 42 out of 44 putts from inside 10 feet this week;

“It’s probably one of the best rounds I’ve ever had.”

“To go out there and shoot 62 on a hard golf course is really good.”

Ryan Moore holds fourth place at -11 under par, his -2 under 70 today not matching the rounds of the leaders.

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Valero Texas Open. Zach and Ryan Tied.

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Zach Johnson and Ryan Moore are tied at the top of the Valero Texas Open leaderboard after 36 holes at TPC San Antonio.

Johnson, Moore share 36-hole lead at Valero

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Zach, -7 under 65 today, and Ryan -5 under 67 share  the Valero Texas Open lead at -9 under par after 36 holes.

Zach was asked if there are any similarities between La Cantera, where the tournament used to be played, and TPC San Antonio;

“The only similarity is that they’re probably within 30 miles,  well, that’s not a similarity, that’s just a fact.”

“It’s certainly not the test this is. This is a much more difficult test.”

“The confidence is there, and when you can step on the tee with this kind of wind, you trust your clubs and trust your ball, that’s pretty important.”

Ryan has had problems with the putter;

“My distance control has been great and really my ball-striking’s been really nice the last few weeks.”

 “The putter just kind of hasn’t been cooperating.”

Two players are then tied in second place, one shot back at -8 under par, Andrew Landry, -5 under 67 today, and Grayson Murray who carded a second round -3 under 69.

Grayson the first round leader made a good birdie on the par five 18th; 

“Those were the two best shots I’ve hit into a par five in a long time.”

“To be pin-high just on the front fringe on that hole, I didn’t even think I could do it.”

“I’m an underdog in this situation, which I love to be.”

Andrew is knocking on the door of winning;

“You just continue to learn whenever you get put in these situations.”

“I just know that I’m knocking. Something’s close.”

“Whether it be this week or any other week or a year or two from now, I’m knocking.”

Two notables who missed the +1 over par cut line were internationals Sergio Garcia, Spain and Adam Scott, Australia.

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Valero Texas Open. Grayson Murray 1st Round Leader.

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Grayson Murray, USA, is the first round leader af the Valero Texas Open at  the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio.

In the opening round of the 2018 Valero Texas Open, Grayson Murray leads by one shot over Chesson Hadley and Billy Horschel who both carded a 4-under 68.

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Grayson carded a -5 under par 67 to lead the Valero Texas Open by one shot at the end of the first round, after missing the cut last week;

“Just the fact I did give myself enough opportunities today for birdie, it took a lot of pressure off.”

“I was hitting each club ten yards shorter than I normally do, and you can’t play like that because your caddie is trying to give you a number and a club, and you keep hitting these bad shots or keep coming up short.”

“I got back to the basics with the setup and the takeaway, got my club in a better position at the top, which kind of frees my downswing.”

“Then I can start going at it.”

Five players share second spot at -4 under after opening rounds of 68, Chesson HadleyKeegan Bradley, Ryan Moore, Billy Horschel and Matt Atkins, all USA.

Billy and Ryan were bogey free today, where only 34 players in the 156 man field managed to break par.

Billy was happy with his round;

“Struck the ball really well, something that we’ve been working hard on.”

“Could have been better, I didn’t really make anything out there today. But I’m happy with it.”

“I’m a big momentum player. I’ve got to get the train moving forward.”

“I’ve always been a guy who gets on a little roll, get that train moving and jump in that winner’s circle.”

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Valero Texas Open. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Valero Texas Open leaderboard after 36 holes at TPC San Antonio in the Lone Star State of Texas. Bud Cauley and Tony Finau share the limelight at the half way stage.

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Bud and Tony at -8 under par for the tournament.

Bud scrambled very well, getting up and down nine times in the first two rounds, and needed only 22 putts today, shooting  a bogey free -6 under par 66;

“I scrambled really well.” 

“I didn’t drive it poorly but, you know, just with the wind out there it was tough to get some of the iron shots close. When I did miss the green I was able to leave it in a relatively easy spot and get up and down which kind of kept my round going.”

“Just driving the ball well,”

“”You know, obviously last week there’s no faking it around there. You have to drive it well or you can’t play. I worked on that a lot the week before and I was able to do that last week and carried that over to these two rounds.”

“I got a lot out of my round today. I hit the ball really well yesterday and just kind of left some shots out there. Today was nice to scramble well and look forward to this weekend.”

Tony, -7 under par 65 today, is looking forward to the week-end;

“I feel good. I’ve hit a lot of good shots, have had a good season so far.”

”Look forward to the weekend.”

There are then four players on -7 under, Cameron Smith, -7 under 65 today, 51-year-old Bob Estes -3 under 69, Kevin Chappell, -4 under 68 and Robby Shelton who carded -3 under 69.

Luke Donald, who was second last week, and Ian Poulter both missed the cut, and with it Ian also lost his PGA Tour card;

“The most frustrating thing is that I can’t plan a schedule. So, I have to be ready to go any given Monday for an event.”

“Obviously, I will try to qualify for the U.S. Open and the Open Championship, but it’s just very, very frustrating.”

“It’s not like I’m going to go away and you’re never going to see me again. I’m playing next week with Geoff Ogilvy in New Orleans [at the Zurich Classic].”

Ollie Schniederjans -5 under 65 today, spent an hour in his hotel room last night, looking for a putting groove. Looks like he found it rolling one putt from 34 feet, and three putts between 15-20 feet, followed by two more putts from just outside 10 feet. He also managed to hole out from 10 feet from the fringe;

“I’ve been working really hard on my putting, awesome to see it pay off today.”

 

 

Valero Texas Open. Branden Grace Leads

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Branden Grace leads the Valero Texas Open after the first round at TPC San Antonio, in Texas.

Branden Grace hit 13 of 14 fairways and missed just four greens en route to a first-round 66 at the Valero Texas Open. (Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

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Branden opened his Valero Texas Open account with a first round -6 under par 66, to sit on top of the leaderboard, and is happy with his recent improvement;

“It started at Augusta, making the cut was big for me and progressed nicely over the weekend.”

“Obviously last week defending is pretty special and you get the positive vibes and the memories.”

“I feel my game is progressing in the right way.”

“Obviously it’s easier coming to places like this. It’s nice to make seven birdies. That’s the one round I was waiting for.”

Sharing second place, at -5 under par following their first rounds of 67 are; John Huh, Stewart Cink, Steven Alker, and Will McKenzie.

Will was playing well with a chewed up ball, until it did not save par for him;

“I was like, we’re going to use this ball all day, all nicked up.”

“The gnarliest ball ever. You know, it just loosed the round up.”

“I was kind of angry, so I put it to rest.”

 

 

 

 

Valero Texas Open. Charley is the Darlin of the Lone Star State

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Charley Hoffman is the darling of the Lone Star State winning the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio.

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Charley carded a final round -3 under par 69 to post a Valero Texas Open total of -12 under par. As he drained the birdie putt on the last hole Charley’s first words were;

“It’s about time.”

In interview, right after the winning putt, with Dotty Pepper, Charley explained his remark;

“Being in contention every Sunday and not closing the door, it’s just not me.”

“It’s nice to make that putt, that’s for sure.”

“I”m happy.”

He was pushed hard all the way by Patrick Reed, who also shot a last round -3 under par 69 for his second placed total of -11 under par.

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Patrick Reed reacts as his chip in attempt came up inches short for an Eagle on the last

Chad Collins captured third place with a final hole birdie, he too posted -3 under 69 last round, giving him a -10 under par total.