The 2023 Valero Texas Open Recap

San Antonio, TX – Corey Conners has won the 2023 Valero Texas Open.  With a score of 15-under par, no other player could beat him.  This marks Conners’ second career PGA Tour win.  Along with the title, he also claimed the prize money of over $1.6 million, and of course, the coveted winner’s cowboy boots.  

Conners has shown a genuine love of the Valero Texas Open.  After all, his other PGA Tour win was this same event back in 2019.  While he won initially after being a Monday qualifier, this time he was in the hunt to win throughout the week.  He didn’t win without some trials and tribulations though.  In a moment that went viral, he carded a disastrous four-putt on Saturday.  Showing resolve though, he went on to win by shooting a bogey-free 68 in his final round. 

It wasn’t always Conners’ tournament to win though.  When his round began on Sunday he was one stroke behind then-leader, Patrick Rogers.  While Rogers didn’t play much of a factor in the final round, carding a trio of bogeys on the front nine, others did play better.  The best among them was a rookie, Sam Stevens who made a pair of eagles to give Conners a run for the money.  Rogers and Stevens would go on to finish fifth and second respectively.  

Some of the old guards of PGA pros also showed up to play though too.  51-year-old Padraig Harrington and 44-year-old Matt Kuchar both had solid performances.  After leading round one, Harrington finished in a tie for tenth place.  Kuchar meanwhile, was a threat to win all week and wound up in a tie for third place.  

Now that this tournament is completed, the next PGA Tour event to come will be The Masters.  There will be numerous storylines to watch and pay attention to.  One of the most compelling will be the defending champion, Scottie Scheffler.  He looks to be the first player since Tiger Woods to defend his Master’s title.  Undoubtedly there will also be many who will be anxious to see how LIV golfers fare now that Augusta National has confirmed they will be allowed to play. 

Corey Conner’s What’s In The Bag:

Driver: PING G430 LST (9°) / UST Mamiya Elements LIN-Q M450X 6FS 

3 Wood: PING G425 LST (15°) / Project X HZRDUS Black 76 6.5

Hybrid: PING G430 (20°) / UST VTS Red hybrid 85 X

Irons: PING iBlade (4-PW) / Project X 120 6.0

Wedges: PING Glide 4.0 (50° and 56°) and Titleist Vokey SM8 (60°) / Project X 120 6.0

Putter: PING PLD Anser 2 Prototype 

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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