Sunday, October 07, 2007

Justin Leonard Back in the Winner's Circle

justin leonard texas openA great finish to the Texas Open on Sunday, with Texan Justin Leonard grabbing the title away from Jesper Parnevik with a great final round and then a nervy playoff performance.

It's the first win for Leonard in two years, but it's the third victory for Leonard at the Texas Open. That makes him just the second three-time winner of this tournament. The first three-time winner was Arnold Palmer. Pretty good company.

This is also the 11th career win for Leonard.

Leonard closed with a 65 to catch Parnevik, who was leading by several strokes at the beginning of the day but managed "only" a 69 in the final round. Parnevik struggled mightily off the tee much of the day, only to keep making near-miraculous saving shots down the stretch and even into the playoff. Parnevik founds some parts of the The Resort Course at La Cantera that even I haven't seen before.

But he saved par on the 72nd hole, while Leonard missed a birdie putt for the win, and they went into the playoff. Leonard finally put it away on the third playoff hole, the par-3 17th, with a birdie putt.

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1 comment:

  1. Jesper Parnevik must be kicking himself for losing the title from such a commanding position. The Swede had it almost sealed and it was only a brilliant final round from Leonard that took the Texas Open away from him. He must feel sick at the very thought of facing Justin Leonard in the playoffs. The last time the two of them were locked in a playoff the result was just the same. It almost looked certain that Jesper Parnevik would take home this title. He almost seemed destined for it looking at some of the saves he managed to come up with. One would have thought Justin Leonard would have taken the title at the first playoff but for a remarkable save from Parnevik. At the end of the day it was a fine 65 in the final round that really clinched it for Justin and being in a rare club where the only other member happens to be one Mr Arnold Palmer obviously makes the win really special. He is quite obviously loving the changes he has made in his game and has gone on record to say nothing feels better than to see a win validate the changes. One would have definitely thought it would be one of the Swedes who would be taking the title home but that was not to be, but a great outing at the Texas Open for the Swedes.

    Andy Brown

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