AAP Golf

Landry holds nerve to win PGA

By AAP Newswire

Amercian golfer Andrew Landry was reeling after blowing a six-stroke lead on the back nine in Sunday's final round at The PGA Tour's American Express tournament in California.

But the Texan held his nerve to break a tie with Mexico's Abraham Ancer with a two-metre birdie putt on the 17th hole.

And then Landry made another on the 18th for a five-under 67 and a two-stroke victory overall with a 26-under 262, erasing memories of his loss in a playoff at the tournament two years ago.

"This is a golf course that has suited me very well in the past," Landry said.

"And just to look back on some of the things that happened a couple years ago and then now, just to be able to finally get it done.

"I didn't want to have to go back into a playoff again."

Ancer, trying to become the third Mexican winner in PGA Tour history and first since 1978, matched the Stadium Course record with a 63.

"All week, really, I hit the ball great off the tee and iron shots, and in the first three rounds, I feel like I didn't score as low as I should have for how good I hit the ball," Ancer said.

Landry appeared to be cruising to victory when he birdied the first three holes on the back nine to open the six-shot lead.

But he bogeyed the next three holes, made a par on the par-5 16th that felt like another bogey, and was tied when Ancer birdied the 17th.

He opened with a 66 on the Stadium Course, shot 64 in the second round at La Quinta Country Club and had a 65 on Saturday on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course.

Australian Cameron Davies tied for 29th place, with a 14-under 274, while his fellow countrymen Cameron Percy, Greg Chalmers, Aaron Baddeley, John Senden and Rhein Gibson failed to make the cut.