Valero Texas Open: Andrew Landry lands 200/1 winning tip for Ben Coley

Andrew Landry celebrates his maiden victory on the PGA Tour
Andrew Landry celebrates his maiden victory on the PGA Tour

Andrew Landry, tipped by golf expert Ben Coley at 200/1 prior to the tournament, won the Valero Texas Open by two shots on Sunday.

Final leaderboard

-17 Andrew Landry

-15 Sean O'Hair, Trey Mullinax

-14 Jimmy Walker

-13 Zach Johnson

-12 Joaquin Niemann

Day four report

Andrew Landry, tipped by golf expert Ben Coley at 200/1 prior to the tournament, won the Valero Texas Open by two shots on Sunday.

Born in Texas, the 30-year-old secured his first PGA Tour title just an hour from home as he held firm to deny the challenge of Trey Mullinax, with Zach Johnson failing to mount a serious challenge on what proved to be frustrating day for the two-time major champion.

Landry shared the lead with Johnson heading into the final round and took control of the tournament with birdies at the first three holes, all courtesy of approaches inside 10 feet.

After a good par save at the fifth, Landry added two more birdies at the sixth and 10th holes before making his first bogey since Friday at the downwind 11th, where his wedge approach flew over the green.

At the same time, big-hitting Mullinax was getting back into the groove which saw him scorch through the field on Saturday as three birdies in four holes from the eighth moved him to within one.

The pair then traded pars until the 17th hole, which proved decisive as Mullinax looked set to join the lead only to make a mess of his second, chunking the ball into sand and allowing Landry to double his lead with a par.

From there, the two-time Web.com Tour winner was able to plot his way to a seventh successive par at the final hole and seal his breakthrough success, having lost a play-off to Jon Rahm earlier in his rookie season at the highest level.

All of which was fantastic news for followers of Ben Coley's tips, who were advised at the start of the week to back Landry at three-figure prices.

Having described the market as a "dream" scenario for punters, our golf expert labelled Landry the standout bet at bigger prices owing to factors including his local ties, encouraging return to action last week, love for a difficult golf course and the birth of his first child a month ago.

"While it's far from an exact science, given Landry's local ties, preference for a tough course, brace of top-five finishes this season and sneakily-good effort at Harbour Town last week, I'm more than willing to chance him at the odds," wrote our man, who bagged a profit of 242 points to advised stakes.

Mullinax tied for second, his best PGA Tour finish, with Sean O'Hair, while Jimmy Walker secured his first top-five since 2016 by taking fourth place.

Despite a back-nine rally, Johnson bogeyed the final hole to finish fifth.

Behind those five, it was a dream professional debut for Chile's Joaquin Niemann, who closed with back-to-back rounds of 67 to finish in sixth place, with Scotland's Martin Laird back in 11th.

Day three report

Zach Johnson joined fellow American Andrew Landry (tipped at 200/1 pre-tournament by our expert golf tipster Ben Coley) to tie for the lead ahead of the final day of the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio.

With back-to-back birdies on the 14th and 15th and another on the par-5 18th, Johnson shot a four-under 68 to join Landry, who carded 67, at the top on 13 under for the tournament.

Hot on their heels is record-setting Trey Mullinax, who pulled off a blistering round of 62 with two eagles and seven birdies to surge into third.

The 25-year-old's 10-under-par feat saw a dropped shot on the par-four 11th more than compensated by a hoard of birdies and eagles on the par five 14th and 18th, bringing him to within a shot of the lead.

After beginning day three tied first with Johnson, Ryan Moore slid into fourth after carding a round of 70.

Scotsman Martin Laird carded 69, placing him at fifth on nine under for the tournament, along with Sean O'Hair, Jimmy Walker and Chris Kirk.

In a stand-out moment from day three Laird, who is four shots of the lead, managed to sink an 83-foot putt to eagle the eighth.

Johnson is chasing his first win since 2015, while victory would be a tour first for Landry.


Sky Bet's Valero Texas Open odds (after rd3)

Odds correct at 1010 BST on 22/04/18.


Day two report

Zach Johnson shot a brilliant second-round 65 to share the lead at the Valero Texas Open.

The former Masters and Open champion carded six birdies and an eagle in a seven-under-par round which matched Scotland's Martin Laird for the best of the day as he surged to nine under par for the tournament.

That left him alongside fellow United States Ryder Cup player Ryan Moore at the top of the leaderboard - Moore had five birdies in a blemish-free 67 - and the pair are joint 3/1 favourites with Sky Bet.

Johnson is a two-time winner of the event, but both victories came at La Cantera and his efforts since the switch to TPC San Antonio have been far less impressive.

"I wasn’t particularly fond of the place," he confirmed after finally working out a way to score, helped by holing out from sand for eagle at the fifth.

Tied for third and one shot adrift of the leading duo are Grayson Murray and Andrew Landry, the latter having been tipped at 200/1 prior to the tournament by Ben Coley.

Landry has struck the ball superbly throughout the week and is 11/1 to pull off his first PGA Tour win, with Murray two points shorter. Laird meanwhile is part of the chasing pack on six-under.

Day one report

Grayson Murray took the early lead with a round of 67 in the first round of the Valero Texas Open.

The American ended day one five-under, putting him one shot ahead of compatriots Chesson Hadley, Billy Horschel, Ryan Moore, Keegan Bradley and Matt Atkins.

The 24-year-old shot three birdies on the front nine of the San Antonio course, only faltering on the par-three seventh hole with a double-bogey.

But Murray rallied to hole four more birdies on the back nine and take the top spot on the leaderboard.


Sky Bet's Valero Texas Open odds (after rd1)

Odds correct at 0810 BST on 20/04/18.


Of the five players making up the chasing pack with a round of 68, only Horschel and Moore hit a bogey-free round on the AT&T Oaks Course.

Defending champion Kevin Chappell sat among a group at 72, including Englishman Graeme McDowell, who recovered on the 18th with a bogey-bogey-birdie finish.

Andrew Landry, a 200/1 pre-tournament selection from our Ben Coley, is also on 72 after the first round.

Landry can now be backed at 40/1 with Sky Bet to win the tournament.

Two-time Valero Texas Open winner Zach Johnson finished on two-under 70 after striking a 12ft eagle putt on the par-five 14th hole and three straight birdies on the last holes.

Sergio Garcia, returning to the tournament for the first time in eight years and after a disappointing title defence at the Masters, carded two-under 74, while Adam Scott, who is aiming to hold on to his position of world number 59 to make the US Open next month, finished on 75 after a failing to make a single birdie.

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