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Corey Conners | Valero Texas Open

By The Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Corey Conners won the Valero Texas Open for the second time in five years Sunday for his second PGA Tour title, closing with a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over rookie Sam Stevens.

Also the 2019 winner, Conners had a 15-under 273 total on TPC San Antonio’s Oaks Course. The Canadian now heads to the Masters, where he tied sixth last year for his second straight top-10 finish at Augusta National.

A shot behind Patrick Rodgers starting play, Conners had a three-shot lead after he birdied No. 15. Stevens eagled the 17th, but missed a 9-foot birdie putt at 18 that would have tied it. Connors ended it with a 3-foot par putt on 18.

Stevens shot a 66. Sam Ryder (66) and Matt Kuchar (68) followed at 13 under.

Rodgers saw a chance for his first tour victory and first Masters spot slip away. He shot a 73 to finish fifth at 11 under.

Conner’s best finish since hoisting the 2019 Texas Open trophy was a third-place effort at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last year.

Conners led after the first round with a 64 when the weather-delayed opening 18 finished Friday. But his second-round 72 dropped him three behind Rodgers after 36 holes, which Conners cut to a stroke with his third-round 69.

Stevens was third last week at the PGA Tour’s stop in the Dominican Republic.

Check out “Watts” in Corey’s bag below.

Driver: Ping G430 LST (9 degrees)

3-wood: Ping G430 Max (15 degrees)

Hybrid: Ping G425 (19 degrees @20.5)

Irons: Ping iBlade (4-PW)

Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 (50-S12, 56-S12), Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (60-08M)
Shafts: Project X 120 6.0

Putter: Ping PLD Anser 2 prototype – Grip: Garsen Golf Quad Tour

Ball: Titleist Pro V1