Monday qualifier Corey Conners nets first win in San Antonio
San Antonio, TX – Corey Conners has been in contention before, but the Canadian has yet to put up a performance as impressive as the one he put on display during all four days of the 2019 Valero Texas Open. Make that five days, actually. Conners Monday qualified into the field by winning a six for one playoff at the beginning of the week. After that, he posted rounds of 69, 67, 66, and 66, to claim his first PGA Tour victory as well as the final spot in the field next week in Augusta.
As usual, the field was missing a few big time players due to preparations for next week’s Masters tournament but Conners still had plenty of firepower in the field to contend with. He finished with a total of -20, two shots ahead of Charley Hoffman, three ahead of Ryan Moore, and five clear of Si Woo Kim, and Brian Stuard. By keeping his foot on the gas, Conners became the second player in 24 years to Monday qualify and then go on to win the tournament (Arjun Atwal at the 2010 Wyndham Championship).
After back to back rounds of 66, Kim started the week at the top of the leaderboard and looked to be the man to beat going into the weekend. But he faltered on the weekend, shooting a 69 on Saturday and a 72 on Sunday to let the chasers back in. Hoffman was one of those who took advantage and turned it on over the weekend with rounds of 64 and 67. Self-proclaimed putter nerd and new SWAG golf staffer Kevin Streelman also made a big move with a Sunday 64 that moved him into solo sixth (-14). Click here to learn more about SWAG and their unique approach to putters.
Other notable players in the field included Jordan Spieth, who showed fans a little bit of the good, the bad, and the ugly of his game during the week. He appeared to be in contention early in the week with a pair of 68s but shot 73, 72 on the weekend to fall back to -7. Rickie Fowler (T17 at -10) also opened with two rounds of 68 but shot 73 Saturday before closing with a 69.
Next week, golf fans will get to enjoy the first major of the year when the world’s top players, past champions, and several top amateurs converge on Augusta National Golf Club for the Masters.
Corey Conners What’s In The Bag
Driver: Ping G400 LST 9° (UST Mamiya Elements Gold 6F5)
Hybrid: Ping G400 18° (UST Mamiya VTS Red 85X)
Irons: Ping iBlade 4-P (Project X 6.0)
Putter: Ping PLD Anser 2 prototype
Ball: Titleist Pro V1