With a final-round 66, Corey Conners claimed a two-shot victory over Charley Hoffman at the Valero Texas Open.
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Conners finished his four rounds at the TPC San Antonio Oaks Course on 20-under par to secure his first career PGA Tour title. The victory earned the 27-year old Kent State product $1,350,000 and 500 FedExCup points.
Afterwards, Conners met with the media in the press room inside the clubhouse at TPC San Antonio. Here are a few pulls from the back and forth.
“FOOT ON THE PEDAL”
You won with four pars I think when it’s all said and done. Walk me through how much of a roller coaster it really was. You were flagging it all week.
COREY CONNERS: Yeah, got off to a great start. Birdied No. 5 to go 4 under on the first five. Was walking to 6 tee thinking, wow, this is pretty awesome. Then reeled off four straight bogeys. Those holes were playing a little trickier back into the wind.
Yeah, missed some iron shots and was able to regroup going from 9 to 10 and just told myself to stay patient, trust my game. Knew I was hitting good shots. Nos. 10, 11 were downwind, so I tried to be really focused and hit some good shots in there. Was able to hit a couple nice wedges, make birdies. A bit of a bonus birdie on 12.
At that point I thought like, we’re going to do this, just keep your foot on the pedal. Yeah, it was quite a round. The last few holes are a bit of a blur at the moment.
“IS THIS REAL?”
I was standing off the 18th green, your wife was over to our right. She was very nervous, wasn’t quite sure when to approach the green after you putted out. Then she was a little hesitant going up there. When she finally did she ran, jumped on you, you guys embraced. Do you remember that moment?
COREY CONNERS: Yeah, that was an amazing moment. I’m so lucky to be able to share this journey with her. She’s there every step of the way and she’s my biggest fan. It’s amazing, kind of something that we’ve dreamt of.
I think the first thing she said is, “Is this real?” I said, “Yeah, it’s real, we did it.” Yeah, it’s amazing to have her supporting me and it was a special moment and I’m really happy that she was able to share it with me.
“90 TEXT MESSAGES”
I’m going to go out on a limb and ask you to take your phone out and give us the number of text messages. I’ve heard it going off. What’s the number?
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