Los Angeles - Charley Hoffman laid the
ghost of some recent near-misses on Sunday, sinking a clutch birdie putt at the
final hole to win the Texas Open in San Antonio.
The American notched his fourth US PGA Tour
title - and his first since the 2014 OHL Classic at Mayakoba - carding a
three-under par 69 for a 12-under par total of 276.
"This last month has been hard, being
in contention every Sunday and not closing the door," said an emotional
Hoffman, who rolled in a nine-foot birdie putt at the final hole after playing
partner Patrick Reed had birdied the last to pull level atop the leader board.
"It's nice to make that putt, that's
for sure," added Hoffman, who was one off the lead after three rounds at
the RBC Heritage last week but faded to a share of 14th.
Headed into this week, Hoffman ranked 200th
in final-round scoring average and had not posted a score on the last day
better than 73 in his last six final rounds.
But with overnight leader Ricky Barnes
fading, Hoffman seized his chance this time.
He birdied the 11th and 14th to arrive at
TPC San Antonio's par-five 18th with a one-shot lead over Reed.
He was in a greenside bunker with his
second shot, his third leaving him a nine-footer, which he stepped up and
poured into the centre of the cup after Reed - who had chipped from the edge
of the green to a foot -- had made his birdie to join him at 11-under.
"I said to myself 'Let's finish this
here. Let's not play anymore,'" Hoffman said.
Reed, who barely missed birdie putts at 16
and 17, finished alone in second after his 69 for 277.
"I thought they were in," Reed
said. "I put the pressure as much as I could on Charley. It shows he was
ready to win a golf tournament, and I had way too many mistakes to close one
Chad Collins was third after a 69 for 278.
Barnes, seeking his first PGA Tour title,
had five bogeys and three birdies in a two-over 74 that dropped him into a
share of fourth place on 279.
He was tied with Kevin Chappell, Ryan
Palmer, Billy Horschel and Martin Piller - the husband of LPGA player Gerina
Piller briefly took the lead after a birdie
at the 12th, but he slid back with a double-bogey from a tough lie in a bunker
at the par-three 13th.
Leading final-round scores on Sunday in the US PGA Tour Valero Texas Open in San Antonio (USA unless noted):
276 - Charley Hoffman 66-71-70-69
277 - Patrick Reed 65-73-70-69
278 - Chad Collins 73-69-67-69
- Kevin Chappell 71-70-70-68, Ryan Palmer 68-70-72-69, Martin Piller
70-68-71-70, Billy Horschel 70-72-67-70, Ricky Barnes 68-70-67-74
280 - Branden Grace (RSA) 72-72-69-67, Harold Varner 69-72-70-69, Tom Hoge 76-68-71-65, Jon Curran 70-68-71-71
- Daniel Summerhays 72-70-71-68, J.B. Holmes 72-70-71-68, David Hearn
(CAN) 73-71-67-70, Peter Malnati 67-71-76-67, Scott Stallings
74-70-70-67, Chris Kirk 71-71-69-70, Brendan Steele 64-70-72-75, Luke
Donald (ENG) 69-70-68-74
282 - Michael Kim 73-69-72-68, Stuart Appleby (AUS) 67-70-74-71, Scott Langley 69-68-73-72, Nick Taylor (CAN) 75-68-66-73
283 - Zac Blair 70-70-74-69, Brandt Snedeker 70-69-72-72, Mark Wilson 69-69-72-73, Padraig Harrington (IRL) 70-71-68-74