Leonard makes it a Texas trio

ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN ANTONIO — Justin Leonard can stop tinkering with his swing.

Putting a series of big changes to the ultimate test Sunday, Leonard won the Texas Open for the third time, beating Jesper Parnevik with a 10-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a playoff.

“There’s no better way to validate (the changes) than to come out and win a golf tournament like this,” Leonard said.

Leonard, also the 2000 and ‘01 winner at LaCantera Golf Club Resort Course, closed with a 5-under 65 to match Parnevik at 19-under 261. Parnevik, who opened with a 61 and led after each of the first three rounds, finished with a 69.

Earlier this year, he switched instructors from Butch Harmon to his old coach Randy Smith. He also changed caddies and is trying to move to a home closer to Royal Oaks Country Club, his old club in Dallas.

Leonard is the first three-time Texas Open winner since Arnold Palmer in 1960-62.

“That’s pretty special,” Leonard said. “It’s great company to be in. I played pretty solid.”

Leonard had plenty of opportunities to win before finally finishing off Parnevik for his 11th PGA Tour title and first since 2005.

On the final hole of regulation, the Texan’s 14-foot birdie putt to win just slid by the hole. On the first extra hole, Parnevik took an unplayable lie after driving into the trees left of the fairway. But he hit a 153-yard approach to 3 feet to set up a par. Leonard chipped from the greenside rough to set up his par.

“That’s kind of the way Jesper plays,” Leonard said. “He’s not going to hit every fairway. He’s not going to hit every green. But he’s very creative. He hit some gutsy shots.”

Leonard, 1-4 in playoffs after the victory, missed a 5-foot birdie putt on the second hole. Parnevik had a 28-footer for birdie to keep the playoff going on the third extra hole, but left it a foot short.

The 42-year-old Swede was trying to win for the first time in 61/2 years.

“It’s tough to get into position to win, but I’m happy I got to feel it again,” Parnevik said. “It had been a while.”

Parnevik entered the round with a three-stroke lead over fellow Swede Mathias Gronberg and a four-shot margin over Leonard.

The finish brought back memories of the 1997 British Open when Parnevik began the final round at Troon five shots ahead of Leonard. But Parnevik shot a 71, and Leonard had a 65 to win.

Daniel Chopra, another Swede, shot a 66 to tie for third with Gronberg (69) at 16 under. Heath Slocum closed with a 62 to finish fifth at 14 under.

Parnevik struggled off the tee throughout the back nine. At the 15th, he pulled his drive well left. He immediately looked away, then walked through the gallery ropes to find it in the trees with a clear path to the hole about 165 yards away.

He punched it to 16 feet from the cup and made birdie.

But on the next tee, after a lengthy wait while Chopra got a ruling on a wayward drive in the group ahead, he pushed one far from the fairway. Then, with a provisional ball, he pulled one that hit a spectator in the head.

He found his first ball in the brush and punched it into the rough on the way to a bogey and a one-stroke deficit.

But he hit a hard 7-iron to 3 feet on the 174-yard 17th and made birdie to tie it going into the final hole.

“Give the credit to Justin,” Parnevik said. “He didn’t do too much wrong today.”

Final scores and earnings with relation to par from the Valero Texas Open, played Oct. 4-7 at the par-70, 6,896-yardLaCantera Golf Resort in San Antonio (Note: x-won in playoff):

  1. x-Justin Leonard
    $810,000
    65-67-64-65--261

    -19 1. Jesper Parnevik
    486,000
    61-65-66-69--261

    -19 3. Daniel Chopra 261,000
    65-69-64-66--264

    -16 3. Mathias Gronberg 261,000
    65-65-65-69--264

    -16 5. Heath Slocum 180,000
    69-65-70-62--266

    -14 6. J.J. Henry 140,850
    71-65-67-64--267

    -13 6. Dean Wilson 140,850
    68-67-66-66--267

    -13 6. Dan Forsman 140,850
    65-68-67-67--267

    -13 6. Chris Stroud 140,850
    69-65-64-69--267

    -13 6. Ryan Armour 140,850
    67-67-64-69--267

    -13 11. Chris Riley 99,000
    66-68-67-67--268

    -12 11. Bo Van Pelt 99,000
    69-67-65-67--268

    -12 11. Charley Hoffman 99,000
    67-68-66-67--268

    -12 11. Shigeki Maruyama 99,000
    65-68-65-70--268

    -12 15. Richard S. Johnson 72,000
    65-66-73-65--269

    -11 15. John Mallinger 72,000
    68-70-65-66--269

    -11 15. Ken Duke 72,000
    69-66-68-66--269

    -11 15. Nick Watney 72,000
    67-70-66-66--269

    -11 15. Chad Campbell 72,000
    66-68-65-70--269

    -11 20. Tim Petrovic 58,500
    70-65-67-68--270

    -10 21. John Merrick 50,400
    67-71-66-67--271

    -9 21. Robert Gamez 50,400
    65-71-67-68--271

    -9 21. Fredrik Jacobson 50,400
    66-65-71-69--271

    -9 24. Marco Dawson 41,400
    66-73-68-65--272

    -8 24. D.J. Brigman 41,400
    69-66-66-71--272

    -8 26. Tom Pernice, Jr. 31,950
    70-69-66-68--273

    -7 26. Greg Owen 31,950
    70-68-67-68--273

    -7 26. Kyle Reifers 31,950
    69-66-70-68--273

    -7 26. Alex Cejka 31,950
    72-65-68-68--273

    -7 26. Cameron Beckman 31,950
    67-68-69-69--273

    -7 26. Mathew Goggin 31,950
    69-69-69-66--273

    -7 26. Andrew Buckle 31,950
    69-69-70-65--273

    -7 33. Daisuke Maruyama 24,863
    71-66-69-68--274

    -6 33. Neal Lancaster 24,863
    65-71-69-69--274

    -6 33. Ryan Palmer 24,863
    67-71-69-67--274

    -6 33. Bart Bryant 24,863
    66-70-74-64--274

    -6 37. Carlos Franco 19,350
    68-66-71-70--275

    -5 37. Scott Gutschewski 19,350
    68-67-71-69--275

    -5 37. Bob Tway 19,350
    65-72-70-68--275

    -5 37. Ted Purdy 19,350
    68-70-66-71--275

    -5 37. Bob Estes 19,350
    70-66-67-72--275

    -5 37. Bob Heintz 19,350
    66-69-67-73--275

    -5 37. Steve Lowery 19,350
    68-70-71-66--275

    -5 44. Anthony Kim 13,986
    72-65-69-70--276

    -4 44. Glen Day 13,986
    67-72-67-70--276

    -4 44. Stephen Ames 13,986
    72-66-66-72--276

    -4 44. Eric Axley 13,986
    67-70-67-72--276

    -4 44. Jim Rutledge 13,986
    68-70-70-68--276

    -4 49. Jeff Overton 10,683
    68-70-68-71--277

    -3 49. Brian Davis 10,683
    72-65-68-72--277

    -3 49. Michael Boyd 10,683
    70-69-67-71--277

    -3 49. Gavin Coles 10,683
    66-69-69-73--277

    -3 49. Jay Delsing 10,683
    69-70-67-71--277

    -3 49. Colt Knost 10,683
    71-68-68-70--277

    -3 49. Craig Lile 10,683
    69-70-69-69--277

    -3 49. Matt Hendrix 10,683
    65-71-73-68--277

    -3 49. Corey Pavin 10,683
    66-71-73-67--277

    -3 49. Briny Baird 10,683
    71-66-74-66--277

    -3 59. Tom Byrum 9,810
    66-70-70-72--278

    -2 59. Tom Johnson 9,810
    68-71-67-72--278

    -2 59. Paul Gow 9,810
    70-68-69-71--278

    -2 59. Charlie Wi 9,810
    72-66-69-71--278

    -2 59. Jay Williamson 9,810
    70-67-71-70--278

    -2 64. Garrett Willis 9,405
    69-68-69-73--279

    -1 64. Bob May 9,405
    72-67-67-73--279

    -1 64. Jarrod Lyle 9,405
    68-70-69-72--279

    -1 64. Jeff Gove 9,405
    69-66-73-71--279

    -1 68. Doug LaBelle II 9,135
    68-68-72-72--280

    E 68. Arjun Atwal 9,135
    67-71-72-70--280

    E 70. Michael Sim 9,000
    68-71-69-73--281
    + 1 71. Bryce Molder 8,820
    69-68-72-73--282
    + 2 71. Jeff Brehaut 8,820
    68-70-72-72--282
    + 2 71. Rich Beem 8,820
    68-71-71-72--282
    + 2 74. Frank Lickliter II 8,595
    68-69-75-71--283
    + 3 74. Tripp Isenhour 8,595
    66-73-74-70--283
    + 3 76. David Branshaw 8,460
    70-69-78-70--287
    + 7 77. Bubba Dickerson 8,370
    66-70-74-78--288
    + 8 78. Spike McRoy 8,280
    72-67-72-79--290
    + 10 • • •





    Missed the cut





    79. Jose Coceres

    70-70--140
    + E 79. Harrison Frazar

    69-71--140
    + E 79. Brent Geiberger

    68-72--140
    + E 79. Mark Brooks

    68-72--140
    + E 79. Darron Stiles

    70-70--140
    + E 79. Dicky Pride

    70-70--140
    + E 79. Kent Jones

    68-72--140
    + E 79. Matt Kuchar

    71-69--140
    + E 87. Jerry Smith

    70-71--141
    + 1 87. Robert Damron

    71-70--141
    + 1 87. Olin Browne

    72-69--141
    + 1 87. Willie Wood

    69-72--141
    + 1 87. Duffy Waldorf

    69-72--141
    + 1 87. Nick Flanagan

    72-69--141
    + 1 87. Rich Barcelo

    70-71--141
    + 1 87. Brian Gay

    73-68--141
    + 1 87. Steve Flesch

    71-70--141
    + 1 87. Joe Ogilvie

    71-70--141
    + 1 87. Craig Kanada

    71-70--141
    + 1 87. Parker McLachlin

    72-69--141
    + 1 87. Craig Bowden

    72-69--141
    + 1 100. Omar Uresti

    69-73--142
    + 2 100. Vaughn Taylor

    71-71--142
    + 2 100. Jim Gallagher Jr.

    71-71--142
    + 2 100. Tag Ridings

    72-70--142
    + 2 104. John Huston

    72-71--143
    + 3 104. Blaine McCallister

    71-72--143
    + 3 104. Jaco Van Zyl

    71-72--143
    + 3 107. Greg Kraft

    71-73--144
    + 4 107. Chris Couch

    78-66--144
    + 4 107. Steve Wheatcroft

    71-73--144
    + 4 107. Johnson Wagner

    72-72--144
    + 4 107. Phil Tataurangi

    72-72--144
    + 4 107. Larry Mize

    72-72--144
    + 4 107. Jeff Maggert

    73-71--144
    + 4 107. John Daly

    72-72--144
    + 4 115. Brendon de Jonge

    73-72--145
    + 5 115. Dustin Johnson

    70-75--145
    + 5 115. Billy Mayfair

    71-75--146
    + 6 115. Scott Gump

    72-74--146
    + 6 115. Grant Waite

    74-72--146
    + 6 115. J.P. Hayes

    70-76--146
    + 6 115. Gabriel Hjertstedt

    71-75--146
    + 6 122. Craig Perks

    71-76--147
    + 7 122. Michael Putnam

    71-76--147

    7 122. Chris Tidland

    75-72--147

    7 122. David Ogrin

    73-74--147

    7 126. D.J. Trahan

    75-75--150

    10 127. Mark Wilson

    75-76--151

    11 128. Brad Lardon

    76-76--152

    12 129. Jason Schultz

    77-76--153

    13 130. Bill Glasson

    81-75--156

    16 WD. Mark Hensby

    73-WD


    WD. Kevin Na

    WD
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