Valero Texas Open 2022: JJ Spaun earns first career PGA Tour win | Bleacher Report

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Before the attention of the golf world turned to the Masters, JJ Spaun had to win the first PGA Tour title of his career.

Spaun won the 2022 Valero Texas Open in San Antonio with a three-under 69 in Sunday’s final round. The performance took his tournament score to 13 under par, which was good enough to edge out Matt Kuchar and Matt Jones by two shots.

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First win in his career and an invitation to the Masters! πŸ† @JJSpaun emerges victorious @ValeroTxOpen. pic.twitter.com/PdwErsy9j4

Here’s a look at the top of the leaderboard, which can be found in its entirety on the official PGA Tour page. website.

1. J. J. Spaun, -13

T2. matt jones, -11

T2. Matt Kuchar, -11

T4. Adam Hadwin, -10

T4. Troy Merritt, -10

T4. Charles Howell III, -10

T4. Beau Hossler, -10

While many of the biggest names in the sport weren’t in contention, Sunday was hoping to bring an exciting finish considering how Saturday’s third round ended.

Spaun, Brandt Snedeker, Beau Hossler and Dylan Frittelli were tied for the lead at 10 under heading into the fourth and final round, while Scott Stallings was just one shot behind after bogeying his final hole on Saturday.

Snedeker and Hossler also had plenty of momentum after they each shot 5-under 67s in the third round.

However, that momentum didn’t help Snedeker much, as he failed to match a birdie and was knocked out of contention with bogeys at Nos. 5 and 9.

He wasn’t the only one to stall in the front nine, as Stallings’ bogeys at Nos. 4, 6 and 13, coupled with a lack of consistent birdies, dropped him from a spot where he could reasonably challenge the top of the field. leaderboard too.

Hossler was more of a challenger than they were, though a bogey on No. 10, an ugly double bogey on the par-five 14 and a missed critical birdie putt on 17 kept him within striking distance.

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From 2 back to 4 back.

Beau Hossler takes an unplayable and doubles after hitting it on the green at 14. pic.twitter.com/LrPAr3XKma

However, the struggles in the final round were not everyone’s story, as Jones wasted no time becoming a factor in the title race with five birdies and no bogeys in the first nine. Although he dropped bogey shots on Nos. 11 and 16, he birdied Nos. 14, 15 and 17 and finished 11 under.

If he hadn’t shot a 3-pointer for 75 in the second round, Jones could have taken home the trophy.

Adam Hadwin also wondered what might have been had his late charge started earlier. He birdied five of the last seven holes, but didn’t have enough time to get past his three bogeys in the first 10 as Spaun gradually took control.

The 31-year-old looked ready to do anything but earn his first career PGA Tour victory when he tripled on the first hole en route to a double bogey.

It was nothing but consistency from there, though, before he caught fire around the turn with birdies at Nos. 6, 8, 9 and 11. Add a timely birdie on the same par-five 14 that Hossler double-bogeyed, and he was Clear. that he was going to win the Valero Texas Open down the stretch.

To Kuchar’s credit, he applied some late birdie pressure on the 17th after also scoring birdies on the 12th and 14th. a final charge on the 18th facing a two-shot deficit and a second shot from the fairway after Spaun hit a poor drive.

Unfortunately for the veteran, his drive to the green on the second shot of that par five 18 ended in the water and almost clinched the championship for Spaun.

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