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Charley Hoffman birdies No. 18 to win Texas Open

Charley Hoffman finishes at 12-under 276 to win for the fourth time on the PGA Tour.

Charley Hoffman finishes at 12-under 276 to win for the fourth time on the PGA Tour.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Charley Hoffman made a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole at the Texas Open on Sunday for his fourth PGA Tour victory.

Hoffman, 39, closed with 3-under 69 at TPC San Antonio for a one-stroke win over Patrick Reed. Hoffman finished at 12-under 276 and earned $1,116,000.

"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."

Playing alongside Hoffman, Reed also birdied the par-5 18th for 69. He missed birdie putts inside 8 feet on the par-3 16th and par-4 17th.

"I was missing a lot of short putts, so I'm shocked I even had a chance," Reed said.

Reed, who was born in San Antonio, put pressure on Hoffman with a tap-in birdie at 18 after reaching the fringe on the 595-yard hole in two. His shot to the green came from the left-hand rough and had to clear an oak tree and creek in front of the green.

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

"It was about a cup outside left," Hoffman said. "I said to myself, 'Let's finish this here. Let's not play anymore.' "

Hoffman also won the 2007 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, 2010 Deutsche Bank Championship and 2015 OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

Chad Collins was a career-best third at 10 under after 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 74 to drop into a tie for fourth at 9 under with Kevin Chappell (68), Billy Horschel (70), Ryan Palmer (69) and Martin Piller (70). It was a career best for Piller, the husband of LPGA player Gerina Piller.

LPGA: Haru Nomura held on in strong wind to win the Swinging Skirts Classic in Daly City, Calif., for her second tour victory of the year. The Japanese player closed with 1-over 73 in wind gusting to 35 mph to finish at 9-under 279 and beat Lee-Anne Pace by four strokes.

Nomura won the Australian Women's Open in February, pulling away to beat top-ranked Lydia Ko by three strokes for her first LPGA title.

Nomura had a rules scare Saturday. After her third-round 71, she met with rules officials to examine her play from an awkward stance on a slope in a bunker on the par-5 sixth hole. The officials decided no penalty was warranted for building a stance, leaving her with par instead of double bogey.

CHAMPIONS: Woody Austin and Michael Allen won the Legends of Golf in Ridgedale, Mo., giving Austin, a Tampa native, two straight victories and three in the past four events on the 50-and-over tour.

Allen made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory over David Frost and Roger Chapman.

"Woody's given me confidence all week," Allen said. "He's been reading these greens so well, better than I do, and he told me it was just like a right-edge putt. He's been right all week and really for once I kind of hit one where I was supposed to and got it to the hole."

Austin, who starred at Chamberlain High in the early 1980s then at the University of Miami, and Allen closed with 6-under 48 to finish at 23-under 156.

Charley Hoffman birdies No. 18 to win Texas Open 04/24/16 [Last modified: Sunday, April 24, 2016 10:18pm]
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