Andrew Landry earns first PGA Tour win at Valero Texas Open

Andrew Landry started birdie-birdie-birdie in the final round to take control, and he held on from there. After starting the day tied for the lead with Zach Johnson, Landry opened up a four-shot lead at 17 under in the middle of the front nine. But his lead was down to one after Trey Mullinax birdied No. 11 and Landry bogeyed. The lead was still one until Mullinax chunked a pitch into a bunker at the 17th, which led to an untimely bogey.

Landry’s lead was now two heading to the 72nd hole. A par at the last closed out a two-shot win.

This is Landry’s maiden PGA Tour victory in just his 32nd career start on the circuit, and he does it in his native state of Texas. He was in a playoff earlier in 2018 at the CareerBuilder Challenge but lost to Jon Rahm. Landry won on the Web.com Tour in 2017 on his way to a fourth-place finish on the money list. Now with his PGA Tour card, he’s taken advantage.

Landry, 30, first made a name for himself on the pro level when he contended deep into the 2016 U.S. Open before finishing T-15. The ex-Arkansas golfer follows the lead of former college teammate Austin Cook in earning his first PGA Tour win this season.

Landry does this on the same day the Arkansas women’s golf team captured the SEC Championship, too. Pretty cool.