Corey Conners won the 2019 Valero Texas Open on Sunday less than a week after qualifying, earning him the final available slot in the Masters. Conners only entered the tournament field Monday, and he's the first player to win on the PGA Tour after qualifying on a Monday in nine years.
He made three birdies in the final five holes, shooting a 6-under 66. He was 20 under for the tournament, winning by two shots over Charley Hoffman.
Next stop for Conners: Augusta, Georgia.
''My wife got an email this morning letting her know we could check in for our flight back home,'' Conners said. ''I told her, 'Aw, don't check in yet. Maybe we can make other plans.' Big change of plans. It was going to be an off week. I'm glad it won't be.''
Hoffman, the 2016 Texas Open winner, shot 67 for 18 under on the weekend.
Ryan Moore closed with an 8-under 64, a shot off the course record, and was third at 17 under.
He looked like he would tuck this one away early. He birdied four of the first five holes at TPC San Antonio. Trailing by a shot going in the final round, he benefited from a three-stroke swing on the leaderboard on the third hole with a 10-foot putt on the par-3. Kim hit into the water fronting the green and double-bogeyed. Later in the day, Kim was grabbing at his right upper body with an apparent injury.
Conners was two strokes ahead, and with birdies on the next two holes, he led by four over both Kim and Hoffman.
But Conners bogeyed the next four, and three of those came after tee shots put him in a nice position either from the middle of the fairway or close to it.
The other bogey, on a par-3 at No. 7, he hit his tee shot into a bunker, then blasted over the green.
''I told myself I could do it,'' Conners said. ''I had been hitting a lot of quality shots. I was really relaxed. I had a lot of confidence in my game.''
He made the turn and clicked off three consecutive birdies. The last player to qualify on Monday and win a PGA Tour event was Arjun Atwal in 2010 at the Wyndham Championship. That was the first time it had been done in 24 years.
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