Talk the talk, Joaq the Joaq

Andrew Landry won the Valero Texas Open by 2 shots over Sean O’Hair and Trey Mullinax for his first PGA Tour victory. Landry has had an up and down year in 2018. He now has a win, a runner up, and two other top tens to go along with six missed cuts.

After bursting onto the scene during the 2016 U.S. Open, Landry competed full time on the Tour in 2017. He won once and finished with seven other top 10 finishes on his way to finishing 4th on the money list. He almost won in February, losing in a playoff to Jon Rahm at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Full Valero Texas Open scores.

Good things come in Treys

After shooting a course record 62 on Saturday, Trey Mullinax finished T-2, two strokes back of Andrew Landry. Mullinax only has conditional status on the PGA Tour but now has two top 10s and a T-22 in his last three starts. The Alabama graduate has won on the Tour, and his recent play shows he can win on the PGA Tour as well.

Joaq-er Texas Ranger

Making his first professional start, 19-year-old Joaquin Niemann finished in solo 6th in Texas. He made 21 birdies throughout the week, which tied for second most in the field. Niemann spent 48 straight weeks as the #1 ranked amateur and has the all-around game that translates on the professional level. He is consistently long off the tee with an excellent iron game, so don’t be surprised if he finds himself in contention again soon. His next start will come in two weeks at the Wells Fargo Championship.

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Looking ahead

It’s time for the PGA Tour’s team event, the Zurich Classic. The world’s best pair up to play alternate shot and best ball at TPC Louisiana. What makes a good team? Paulie dove into the stats from last year to find some correlation among the top finishers. Read about the keys to success and who he thinks will play well in 2018.

Geoff Ogilvy Podcast

Part I of the latest podcast with 2006 U.S. Open Champion Geoff Ogilvy is on the site and in podcast feeds. Geoff talks about his career on the PGA Tour, whether winning is overrated, why the Masters is the greatest event in golf and much more. Listen to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher or the website and look for part II on Tuesday night.

Campus Update with Will Knights

The college postseason has officially begun and we get to see who is ready to make a charge at the NCAA Championship. A couple tournaments have already finished and there are many more to come this week.

The ACC Championship was the first of the power 5 conferences to finish up, with Georgia Tech claiming the team title and Thomas Walsh (Virginia) winning individually. Georgia Tech played extremely solid as a team and only took one over-par score for the three rounds. Finishing closely behind Ga. Tech were the Clemson Tigers and Wake Forest. U.S. Amateur champion Doc Redman made a final round charge and finished 2nd individually.

Yale, UNLV, and Pepperdine have also already claimed their conference titles. Yale won the Ivy League handily over Dartmouth, and Pepperdine ran away with the WCC. UNLV won their 3rd straight Mountain West title as their leader, Shintaro Ban, won the individual portion by 9 (!!!) shots.

The Big 10, Big 12, PAC 12, and SEC will all be decided this week as well. See how to follow along here.

Quick Hooks

Alex Levy won the European Tour’s Trophee Hassan II in Morocco. Full scores.

Moriya Jutanugarn won the LPGA’s LA Open for her first win on the LPGA.

Paul Broadhurst and Kirk Triplett defeated Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman in a playoff at the Big Cedar Lodge.

Eric Axley won the rain-shortened North Mississippi Classic on the Tour this week. This is his second Tour victory and his first since 2005.