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24 April 2018, 04:05 | Lowell Little

A costly bogey at the 17th cost Mullinax his chance as 30-year-old Landry went on to win

A costly bogey at the 17th cost Mullinax his chance as 30-year-old Landry went on to win

The two-time victor on the Web.com Tour parred the final seven holes to card a four-under 68 for a winning score of 17 under par, and Landry was the only player in the field to break 70 on all four days.

Mullinax settled for a share of second with countryman Sean O'Hair on 273 with American Jimmy Walker fourth on 274 and two-time major victor Zach Johnson fifth, another stroke adrift. He trailed Andrew Landry by one shot for much of the final round while racking up six birdies over his first 11 holes, but a pair of late miscues meant the former Alabama standout had to settle for a share of second place, two shots behind Landry.

On the 17th hole Mullinax sliced a shot, which fell short of the green and ended up in the bunker. Afforded the luxury of two putts for the win, Landry rolled in his par save to cement a two-shot win.

"I didn't hit that great a wedge shot", Landry said of his approach.

"Made a couple putts and, unfortunately, Zach and Trey kind of had some hiccups there on the front nine and they didn't play it as well as I did", Landry said.




Landry, who lost out to Jon Rahm on the fourth extra hole at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January, also earned automatic qualification for The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass next month.

After saving a par with an eight-foot putt at the fifth, Landry sent his tee shot at the sixth into a fairway bunker, but blasted onto the green and sank a 10-foot birdie putt. The second-place finish bumped him up 67 spots to No. 59 in the FedExCup standings and marked his second top-10 finish of the year.

"I know my game's there, I'm playing really well", Mullinax told reporters.

The 30-year-old Texan, busy at home in Austin with the recent birth of the family's first child, parred the final seven holes for a 4-under 68 and a two-stroke victory over Trey Mullinax and Sean O'Hair. "Losing in that playoff when I was continuing to hit good shot after good shot, just not making any putts. I never thought I was going to finish how I played this week, but I can't be more happy than this", Niemann, who is from Chile, said after Sunday's round.



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