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JJ Spaun salutes the crowd on the 18th green as he wraps up victory at the Valero Texas Open

JJ Spaun salutes the group on the 18th inexperienced as he wraps up victory on the Valero Texas Open

JJ Spaun claimed his maiden PGA Tour victory and secured an invitation to The Masters for the primary time as he held his nerve over the closing levels to win the Valero Texas Open.

The 31-year-old American carded a three-under 69 within the remaining spherical at TPC San Antonio to complete on 13-under 275, two forward of Matt Jones and Matt Kuchar.

He additionally turned the primary participant to win on the PGA Tour after beginning his remaining spherical with a double-bogey since Tiger Woods on the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines.

Spaun, who started the day in a four-way tie for the lead, missed the primary inexperienced left along with his strategy after which three-putted for that disastrous begin, however, with none of his rivals pulling clear, he was firmly again in rivalry after birdies on the sixth, eighth and ninth, chipping in from 50 ft out of the left tough on the latter gap.

A superb strategy to a few ft arrange one other birdie on the eleventh which took him one clear on the prime of the leaderboard and he doubled his benefit by nailing a nine-foot birdie putt on the 14th.

Spaun has been lethal from inside 10 ft all week and he holed essential par putts on the fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth earlier than overcoming a wayward tee shot on the 18th with one other par to develop into the ninth first-time PGA Tour winner this yr to this point on his 147th begin.

‘Every thing you dream of’

After securing the win, Spaun stated: “I feel a yr in the past to even be on tour I’d have been telling you I would need to do a whole lot of work to get there, however to be right here and to beat a whole lot of issues and eventually get a win, that is every little thing you dream of. It is unbelievable. I am speechless.”

And on his opening double-bogey, he added: “It did not hassle me as a lot as you’d suppose. If something it sort of calmed me down. I knew there was nonetheless a whole lot of golf and I’d relatively double the primary gap than the final gap, so I simply knew if I stayed affected person and stored plugging away and put myself in rivalry with 9 holes to play that is all I might ask for.”

It is one thing you dream of as a child, enjoying at The Masters and I used to be excited about it final evening. However there was nonetheless a lot to be accomplished and you have to do your finest to remain within the current. I feel that is what guys that win do one of the best that week, staying within the second and specializing in every shot at a time and luckily I used to be ready to try this and ended up with the ‘W’.

JJ Spaun on enjoying in The Masters

Australian Jones, who had 5 birdies on a flawless entrance 9, emerged from the pack to set the clubhouse goal on 11 underneath with a six-under 66, though he missed an 11-foot birdie putt on the final which might have utilized additional strain on Spaun.

He shared second with veteran American Kuchar, who got here up brief with a 69 regardless of enjoying some daring photographs within the closing levels as he appeared to increase his run of consecutive main appearances to twenty-eight, however his failure to win means he’ll miss The Masters for the primary time in 13 years.

Brandt Snedeker, Beau Hossler and Dylan Frittelli had shared the lead with Spaun on 10 underneath in a single day however all of them struggled to make an influence within the remaining group.

Hossler fared one of the best of the trio and led on 12 underneath after a birdie on the eighth however slipped again with a bogey at 10 and double-bogey at 14 the place he thinned a bunker shot via the inexperienced into an unplayable lie.

He ultimately completed with a level-par 72 to share fourth on 10 underneath with Adam Hadwin (67), Troy Merritt (69) and Charles Howell III (69), whereas Frittelli (73) was again on 9 underneath and Snedeker (75) seven underneath.

English duo Richard Bland (72) and Aaron Rai (73) completed in a tie for twenty ninth on six underneath together with Scotland’s Martin Laird (70).

Jordan Spieth warmed up for The Masters with a five-under 67 to elevate himself to 5 underneath for the event, the identical rating as Robert MacIntyre after the Scot closed with a 69.

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Woods to make late name on Augusta Nationwide

Tiger Woods will make a “game-time” resolution over whether or not he’ll make his long-awaited return to motion at The Masters, in what can be his first main look since final February’s career-threatening automotive crash.

Woods has not featured in a top-level occasion since enjoying at Augusta Nationwide in November 2020, with the previous world No 1 unable to compete on the PGA Tour since struggling career-threatening accidents in a severe automotive crash final February.

The 15-time main champion made a formidable comeback alongside his son, Charlie, on the PNC Championship in December however was nonetheless non-committal on a return date when discussing his future on the Genesis Invitational in February, saying he “did not know” when he would subsequent compete.

Tiger Woods practises at Augusta National on Sunday ahead of The Masters

Tiger Woods practises at Augusta Nationwide on Sunday forward of The Masters

Woods fuelled hypothesis a couple of main return when he went for a observe spherical at Augusta final Tuesday, just some days after footage appeared on social media of him enjoying Medalist Golf Membership.

On Sunday he continued observe at Augusta, and tweeted: “It will likely be a game-time resolution on whether or not I compete.”

Woods is scheduled to carry a press convention at Augusta Nationwide at 11am native time on Tuesday (4pm BST) when the five-time Masters champion is about to disclose far more about his health and whether or not or not he nonetheless plans to compete.

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Monday April 4

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Tuesday April 5

1400-2200 – Dwell from The Masters

Wednesday April 6

1400-1900 – Dwell from The Masters

1900-2230 – The Masters: Par-3 contest LIVE!

Thursday April 7

1400-1930 – Featured Teams LIVE!

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Crimson button (actual timings TBC) – 1330 On the Vary, 1430 Holes 4-6, 1545 Amen Nook, 1645 Holes 15-16, 1830 Featured Teams

Friday April 8

1400-1930 – Featured Teams LIVE!

1930-0030 – The Masters: Day two LIVE!

Crimson button (actual timings TBC) – 1330 On the Vary, 1430 Holes 4-6, 1545 Amen Nook, 1645 Holes 15-16, 1830 Featured Teams

Saturday April 9

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Crimson button (actual timings TBC) – 1515 Featured Teams, 1530 Holes 4-6, 1600 On the Vary, 1645 Amen Nook, 1730 Holes 15-16

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1500-1830 – The Masters build-up LIVE!

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Crimson button (actual timings TBC) – 1515 Featured Teams, 1530 Holes 4-6, 1600 On the Vary, 1645 Amen Nook, 1730 Holes 15-16

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