That standing was enhanced on Sunday when Texas native Andrew Landry fashioned a 4-under-par 68 to finish at 17-under 271 and post a two-shot victory at the TPC San Antonio's demanding Oaks Course, in the process capturing his first career win in his 32nd PGA Tour start.
Landry stormed into a commanding lead early on the final day as he birdied the opening three holes at TPC San Antonio, although his advantage was whittled down to one when he bogeyed the 11th and Trey Mullinax birdied.
The 39-year-old claimed the winner's blue jacket at the 150-million-yen ($1.4 million) tournament by sinking a birdie at the last hole at the Ibaraki Country Club near Osaka. He'll now have to play his way in again, but he's off to a good start. And if he earns 365, the number of points for the 125th player on the FedEx Cup points list a year ago, he'll secure a PGA Tour card for the 2018-'19 season.
"I mean, I was playing good [coming into the week]".
"Obviously I don't think you ever walk onto a tee and think 62", Mullinax said. "This week I make a change and my putting was working really well".
The nearest Landry had been to victory was in January when he lost to Spain's Jon Rahm on the fourth playoff hole at the PGA Careerbuilder Challenge. "I know what I've got to clean up".
"I never thought I was going to finish how I played this week, but I can't be more happy than this", Niemann said. "Just try to keep it up and hope to play well for the next weeks".
SISTER ACT: Moriya Jutanugarn won the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open by two shots for her first victory in six years on the LPGA Tour, joining sister Ariya as the second siblings to win on the tour.
Hall of Famer Inbee Park shot a 68 and tied for second with Jin Young Ko, who closed with a 70.