Corey Conners wins Valero Texas Open after wild final round

Corey Conners wins Valero Texas Open after wild final round

Corey Conners wins Valero Texas Open after wild final round

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 SAN ANTONIO – His first PGA Tour victory in the bag and his ticket punched for next week’s Masters, Corey Conners’ primary concern was a big change to his work weeks going forward. ”No more Monday qualifying,” Conners said. ”That’s the best deal from this. Amazing. It’s a dream come true. I won’t be as stressful on Mondays.” Conners won the 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. Full-field scores from the Valero Texas Open Valero Texas Open: Articles, photos and videos  Si Woo Kim, The Players Championship winner in 2017, led the opening three rounds but dropped to a tie for fourth with Brian Stuard (15 under) after an even-par 72.  Conners, the 2014 U.S. Amateur runner-up, will play in his second Masters. Two of the top three finishers last year at Augusta missed the top 10 this week. Rickie Fowler was tied for 17th while 10 strokes back at 10 under with a final-round 69, and Jordan Spieth (72) was 7 under. ”I definitely feel like I got good work done heading into next week,” Fowler said. ”I’m feeling good.”  Stuard finished with 66 to get to 15 under. Kevin Streelman closed with an 8-under 64 and was 14 under. He missed tying the course record when, after four-straight birdies, he hit his approach from the 18th fairway into the gallery and bogeyed.  It was a wild round for Conners, a Canadian who had not won on any of the PGA Tour’s affiliated circuits. He had 10 birdies and four pars that sandwiched four consecutive bogeys on the front nine. ”After the middle of the front nine, I thought, ‘All right, this is going to be my tournament to win,”’ Hoffman said. ”He showed up and balled up. My hat’s off to him.”  He had a one-stroke lead when he rammed home a 34-foot birdie putt at No. 12, and stayed a stroke up with a tap-in birdie at the 14th.  Moore joined Conners at the top of the leaderboard with an 8-foot putt at No. 16 that was his fourth birdie in five holes.  Moore missed a birdie opportunity on the next hole when he couldn’t convert on a putt from inside 10 feet. Minutes later, Conners sank a 10-footer to save par at No. 15, then hit to 4 feet to set up a birdie at the 175-yard, par-3 16th. His bird