2018 Valero Texas Open Recap
Landry Claims First PGA Tour Victory in Texas
San Antonio, TX- Andrew Landry broke through to win his first PGA Tour title at TPC San Antonio by shooting a Sunday 68 in the 2018 Valero Texas Open. The 30-year-old Texas native has been playing some fine golf this year, and managed to match up his typically superb ball striking with excellent short game to shoot a total of -17 and edge Sean O’Hair and Trey Mullinax by two strokes.
Landry started the season in excellent form and lost in a playoff to Jon Rahm at the CareerBuilder Challenge in Southern California. After recently missing four straight cuts, Landry showed what kind of golf he is capable of at this challenging Greg Norman design. On a track where precision into the greens is at a premium, Landry shined. He ranked first in greens in regulation, and was also able to consistently get up and down, ranking second in scrambling.
While fighting off the tour’s current leader in driving distance Mullinax, who shot a course record 62 on Saturday, Landry also had the pleasure of having major champions Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson in his rearview mirror. While Johnson treaded water on Sunday at even par, Walker’s final round 67 came up just short of challenging Landry for the title.
One of the other notable players in the field was former world number one amateur, Joaquin Niemann, who played his first tournament as a professional this week and shot back-to-back 67’s on the weekend to finish at -12 in solo 6th. After missing the cut at the Masters, he showed why he is a player to pay attention to.
Next week, the PGA Tour heads to TPC Louisiana, where players will tee it up in the PGA Tour’s only team event. The team of Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt will look to defend their title against such intriguing teams as Jon Rahm and Wesley Bryan, and Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, and Jason Day and Ryan Ruffels. Reigning U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka is also set to tee it up for the first time after struggling with an injury in January at Kapalua.
Andrew Landry WITB:
Driver: Ping G30 (9 degrees at 8.8 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Blue ATX65 TX (45.25”)
3 Wood: Ping G (14.5 degrees at 15.15*)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow 75 (43”)
5 Wood: Ping G (17.5 degrees at 17.75 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow 85 (42”)
Irons: Ping iBlade (3-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 105X
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (52-12F and 60-10S)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue
Putter: Ping PLD ZB-S (Pistol Grip)
Length, loft, lie: 33 inches, 3 degrees, 3 degrees flat
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x