JJ Spaun Gets First Win on the PGA Tour
San Antonio, TX – JJ Spaun (-13) earned his first career victory on the PGA Tour at the 2022 Valero Texas Open. He couldn’t have picked a better time do it. In addition to the automatic two year exemption on the PGA Tour, Spaun earned the final spot in next week’s Masters Tournament. He beat Matt Jones and Matt Kuchar by 2 strokes.
Spaun has shown the ability to get hot during his career but had yet to close things out until now. At the beginning of the week, he was ranked 242nd in the world. Now, he’ll have the confidence that he can and should be much higher.
Beau Hossler wasn’t able to seal the deal this week but his is a similar story. After starting the day tied for the lead, Hossler treaded water with a round of 72 and finished T4 at -10. A storied amateur career, Hossler hasn’t quite been able to make good on his promise during his pro career as of yet. He has been flashing signs lately and looked a threat to win this week but struggled in the final round under the spotlight of the final group.
Other players who had notable performances this week included Adam Hadwin, who continued his fine vein of form with a T4 alongside Hossler, Troy Merritt, and Charles Howell III; Rasmus Hojgaard, the young Dane who started the week off at the top of the leaderboard but struggled Friday and Saturday before rebounding Sunday to finish T18 at -7; and Keegan Bradley who fired a low round of the day 66 to vault himself into T8 after three straight rounds of 71.
Next week, the golf world turns its attention to Augusta National and the Masters Tournament. Chief among the headlines will be whether or not Tiger Woods tees it up. Hideki Matsuyama is the defending champion but will not compete due to injury. Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth, Scottie Scheffler, Collin Morikawa, and Justin Thomas are among the betting favorites.
JJ Spaun What’s In The Bag
Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50°, 54°, 60° (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Prototype