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Golf roundup: Charley Hoffman takes Valero Texas Open with late putt

Charley Hoffman birdied the 18th to seal his victory in the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio, his fourth tour win.Eric Gay/Associated Press

Charley Hoffman made a 9-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the Valero Texas Open on Sunday.

The 39-year-old Hoffman closed with a 3-under-par 69 at TPC San Antonio for a one-stroke victory over Patrick Reed. He finished at 12-under 276 overall and earned $1,116,000 for his fourth PGA Tour victory.

‘‘This was my hardest one,’’ Hoffman said after a vigorous fist-pump and drill-team leg kick when the winning putt fell at 18. ‘‘Grabbing that lead and holding on to it — it’s tough to keep the pedal down and give yourself birdie opportunities and win golf tournaments.’’

Reed, playing alongside Hoffman, also birdied the par-5 18th for a 69 on the day. He missed birdie putts inside 8 feet on the par-3 16th and the par-4 17th, either of which would have pulled him even with Hoffman.


But he stayed calm and put some pressure on Hoffman with a tap-in birdie on the 18th after reaching the fringe on his second shot on the 595-yard hole. The shot to the green, which came from the left-hand rough, had to clear an oak tree and a creek in front of the green.

Hoffman followed by hitting his third shot from a greenside bunker to set up his winning birdie.

Chad Collins was a career-best third at 10 under after he also shot a 69. He birdied four of the last five holes.

Third-round leader Ricky Barnes, looking for his first PGA Tour win in 222 tries, stumbled to a 74 to drop into a tie for fourth at 9 under with Kevin Chappell (68), Billy Herschel (70), Ryan Palmer (69), and Martin Piller (70). It was a career best for Piller, who is the husband of LPGA Tour player Gerina Piller.

Brendan Steele, the 2011 winner who led after the first two rounds, shot a 75 to tie for 13th at 7 under.


Reed pulled within a shot of Hoffman with a 23-foot birdie putt from the fringe at 15. Hoffman mised a 10-foot birdie try on the hole.

On 16, Reed missed a bending, right-to-left putt from 7 feet that could have pulled him into a tie with Hoffman. On 17, he missed a straighter putt from about the same distance.

Piller birdied the 12th with a 14-foot putt to take a two-shot advantage over Reed and Hoffman.

But he gave it back with a double bogey on the par-3 13th. His tee shot plugged into the sand in the steep-faced bunker fronting the green. He blasted out past the green, then chipped back and two putted.

European — South Korea’s Lee Soo-min pulled away in a Monday finish to win the rain-interrupted Shenzhen (China) International for his first European Tour victory.

The 22-year-old Lee completed a 1-under 71 at Genzon Golf Club for a two-stroke victory. He birdied the par-3 16th, eagled the par-5 17th, and bogeyed the par-4 18th to finish at 16-under 272.

Lee was tied with England’s Lee Slattery and France’s Alexander Levy when play was suspended Sunday.

Dutchman Joost Luiten and South Africa’s Brandon Stone tied for second.

Bubba Watson shot a 66 on Sunday to tie for eighth at 10 under.

LPGA — Haru Nomura held on in strong wind to win the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic for her second victory of the year.


The 23-year-old Japanese player closed with a 1-over 73 in wind gusting to 35 miles per hour at Lake Merced to finish at 9-under 279, beating South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace by four strokes.

Michelle Wie withdrew Sunday because of neck spasms after playing the first 15 holes in 11 over.

Wie was 16 over at Lake Merced after opening with rounds of 73, 73 and 75.

She’s winless since the 2014 US Women’s Open and hasn’t had a top-10 finish in 33 events.

Last year, she struggled with left hip and ankle injuries. In 2014, she fought a stress fracture in her right hand.

Champions — Woody Austin and Michael Allen won the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge, giving Austin two straight victories and three in the last four events on the 50-and-over tour.

Austin and Allen birdied the final hole for a one-stroke victory over David Frost and Roger Chapman.

The pair closed with a 6-under 48, playing nine holes of modified alternate shot and nine of better ball on the par-3 Top of the Rock course. They finished at 23-under 156. Frost and Chapman also shot a 48.

Austin won the Tucson Conquistadores Classic last month in Arizona for his first senior title and took the Mitsubishi Electric Classic last week in a playoff in Georgia. Allen has eight senior titles.

Billy Andrade and Joe Durant, the winners last year, were third at 21 under after shooting a 49.

In the Legends Division for players 65 and older, Larry Nelson and Bruce Fleisher completed a wire-to-wire victory, beating John Bland and Graham Marsh by two strokes.


Nelson and Fleisher shot a 4-under 23 in a better-ball nine to finish at 19-under 116. Bland and Marsh also shot a 23. — Wesley Bryan won the El Bosque Mexico Championship for his second title of the year, shooting a 5-under 67 for a four-stroke victory.

Bryan finished with a 19-under 269 at El Bosque and earned $117,000, jumping from second to first on the money list with $260,820.

The top 25 at the end of the season will earn PGA Tour cards.

The 26-year-old former University of South Carolina player won the Chitimacha Louisiana Open last month for his first tour title.

Third-round leader Brad Fritsch, coming off a victory two weeks ago in the Servientrega Championship in Colombia, shot a 73 to tie for second with Richy Werenski.