Andrew Landry didn’t make it easy on himself, losing a six-stroke lead with six holes to play, but birdies at the two finishing holes allowed him to win the American Express tournament by two strokes ahead of fast-closing Abraham Ancer in La Quinta, Calif.
Landry made three consecutive bogeys starting at the 13th hole on the Stadium Course at PGA West to give Ancer the opening he needed. When Ancer holed a 25-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th hole, he was tied for the lead with Landry.
The difference was how Landry finished, making two birdies to finish at 26-under par for his second PGA Tour victory.
If you were putting together a pre-tournament list of favorites, Landry’s name would not have been on it.
His 2019-20 season had been a near wipeout, with Landry having made just one cut in eight starts. In his 2020 debut at the Sony Open in Hawaii, he came and went in two days, fighting an illness that ran through his family.
“I wasn't really too sharp in Hawaii, and then throw some wind and rain in there, it really makes you kind of look stupid,” Landry said. “But I came out here, got some good work in, and this is a place that I’ve had success in the past and love this (type of) golf.”
Landry lost the same event two years ago in a playoff with Jon Rahm and he looked headed for another playoff after his six-shot lead melted in seemingly no time. Landry, however, was able fall back on what had gotten him the big lead and played the last two holes almost flawlessly.
“The biggest thing is I just have to believe in myself,” Landry said. “I haven’t had the success lately but it’s very sweet now.”
After winning the 2018 Valero Texas Open, Landry had just one top-10 finish last season.
“My golf game has just been so up and down, to be honest with you,” Landry said. “I haven't been able to just be consistent and that was my goal last year was just to be consistent.
“It's just been one of those deals where I've just been up and down. It’s either I’m in the hunt or I’m missing the cut. It gets frustrating for me as a player, because I want to be a top-30 player in the world and it gets frustrating at times. You just got to stay patient and just keep your belief.”
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