Canadian Corey Conners wins Valero Texas Open, qualifies for Masters

Canadian Corey Conners wins Valero Texas Open, qualifies for Masters

Conners becomes 1st Monday qualifier to win on PGA Tour since 2010 His first PGA Tour victory in the bag and his ticket punched for next week’s Masters, Corey Conners’ primary concern

“No more Monday qualifying,” Conners said. “That’s the best deal from this. Amazing. It’s a dream come true. I on’ was a big change to his work weeks going forward.t be as stressful on Mondays.”

Conners, from Listowel, Ont., 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 golfer 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

Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., won the Valero Texas Open on Sunday, less than a week after qualifying, earning the final available slot in the Masters. 2:37

Next stop for Conners: Augusta, Georgia, for next week’s Masters, where he will join 2013 winner Mike Weir as the only other Canadian in the field.

“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

Hoffman, the 2016 Texas Open winner, shot 67 for 18-under on the week.

Ryan Moore closed with an 8-under 64, a shot off the course record, and was third at 17-under.

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.

Mackenzie Hughes (73) of Dundas, Ont., and Adam Svensson (70) of Surrey, B.C., tied for 42nd at 5 under. Nick Taylor (72) of Abbotsford, B.C., tied for 52nd at 4 under. 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

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