Corey Conners wins the Valero Texas Open earns spot in The Masters
After having to qualify on Monday just to be in the field, Listowel, Ontario’s Corey Conners won the Valero Texas Open.
Conners held off a surging Charley Hoffman and Ryan Moore to earn his first ever win on the PGA Tour.
The Canadian started off his final round at TPC San Antonio red-hot after birdies on three of the first four holes. Conners then went ice cold with four consecutive bogeys to close out the back nine and it looked as though the tournament was Charley Hoffman’s for the taking.
However, Conners then settled down after a birdie on 10 and finished his final round with a 66 at 20-under par to earn a two-shot victory over the American Hoffman.
Conners came close to winning back in October but ended up finishing second to Cameron Champ at the Sanderson Farms Championship.
We only have 1 🇨🇦 Canadian in the field for this years @TheMasters & that’s @MikeWeir We need a 🇨🇦 to win this week at @valerotxopen in order to add a second. pic.twitter.com/NvywLuK97u
— GOLF TALK CANADA (@GolfTalkCanada) April 5, 2019
The win not only earns Conners an impressive pay cheque of $1,350,000 USD but it also has earned him a spot in The Masters next week at Augusta.
If Conners had finished second or lower he wouldn’t have qualified to play The Masters which would have left Mike Weir as the only Canadian in the field.