SAN ANTONIO — J.J. Spaun gained his first PGA Tour tournament — and his first commute to the Masters — by way of firing a final-round 69 on the Valero Texas Open on Sunday.
In his 147th PGA Tour get started, Spaun survived a double-bogey begin to his around by way of recording 5 birdies with out a bogeys to complete at 13-under at TPC San Antonio. It gave him a two-shot margin over Matt Kuchar (69) and Matt Jones (66).
Adam Hadwin (67), Beau Hossler (72), Charles Howell III (69) and Troy Merritt (69) tied for fourth at 10-under.
The 31-year-old Spaun closed with 4 instantly pars, and nobody may just shut in on him. His earlier easiest end on excursion was once runner-up in 2018 on the RSM Classic.
Jones ignored a 3-foot par putt at the sixteenth, birdied the seventeenth and ignored a 14-foot birdie putt at the last hollow.
Kuchar wanted a birdie at the last hollow and Spaun to make bogey to pressure a playoff. Spaun discovered hassle off the tee within the left tough, however Kuchar’s 2d shot went into the water. Spaun reached the golf green of the par-5 completing hollow in 3 and his last putt was once lower than two ft.
It was once a ignored alternative to get again to the Masters for Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker, who shared the lead after the primary two holes Sunday. Between them, they have got 26 Masters appearances, seven height 10s and every has a top-3 end.
Snedeker completed tied for 18th after a 75.
Spaun’s double-bogey last around get started earlier than getting the victory is so uncommon that the closing time it came about on excursion got here in 2008, when Tiger Woods gained the U.S. Open victory (and Woods wanted a playoff the next day to come).
Spaun took the lead with a birdie after nailing his manner into the eleventh to 3 ft away. Jones’ birdie on the seventeenth minimize it to at least one, however Spaun replied with a birdie on the par-5 14th upon getting virtually pin top within the greenside bunker. He hit to 9 ft and made the putt to return to 2 forward.
Spaun nursed the lead, creating a 6-footer for par at 15, chipping to five ft away and making the par putt at the sixteenth and on 17, knocking in par from 4 ft.
Spaun’s double-bogey in the beginning got here when his manner ignored such a lot it settled left of the bunker positioned left of the golf green. His chip rolled towards the again of the golf green and he three-putted. He additionally double-bogeyed the ninth on Saturday. Yet he birdied the cruel ninth on Sunday, one in every of 5 at the day.
Keegan Bradley, who shot a final-round 66, completed in a tie for 8th at 9-under with Matthias Schwab (68), Gary Woodland (70) and third-round co-leader Dylan Fittelli (73).
Frittelli’s possibilities began to slide after he walked to the ninth tee following a birdie at 8. His tee shot ran down a cart trail instantly into cactus. Frittelli pulled the ball clear of the spines and took an unplayable and controlled bogey to fall two photographs again.