Andrew Landry clinches second PGA Tour win at The American Express


Andrew Landry recovered from a back-nine wobble with back-to-back birdies on his final two holes to win his second PGA Tour title at The American Express

Andrew Landry posted a five-under 67 to claim a two stroke victory at the Stadium Course at La Quinta, but it was a win that was far from drama free. 

The 32-year-old had briefly held a six stroke lead after an excellent start to his back-nine but it soon unravelled and he was left in a tie at the top with just two holes to play. 

He responded with two excellent approach shots to both of the final holes, rolling in both birdie putts to capture his second PGA Tour title - and first since the 2018 Valero Texas Open. 

"It's one of the greatest feelings. This is what we play golf for," Landry said after his win.

"This is, winning out here is hard. So yeah, I played some good golf throughout the week, and my golf swing just did not feel super comfortable today. It started out all right and got a little loosey goosey there. But, yeah, just kind of made a small adjustment there on the 14th tee and hit a really, really nice tee shot and -- or I'm sorry, the 15th tee -- and just kind of gave me some good swing thoughts coming down the stretch.

"So just to be able to get the job done, man, it means a lot to be able to be a winner again."

Landry, who held a share of the overnight lead, set his round in motion with a 15-foot birdie putt at the third, and added back-to-back gains at both six and seven on his way to a front nine 33. 

He extended his lead even further with three birdies in a row from the 10th, which included an approach shot to less than a foot at the par four 12th hole.

But his sizeable advantage wasn't to last long. Landry three-putted for his first dropped shot of the day at the 13th and gave away two more strokes at the 14th and 15th holes. It left the door ajar for Abraham Ancer, who followed up a front nine 31 with birdies at 11, 14, 16  and 17 to join the top of the leaderboard on his way to a nine-under 63. 

Landry then responded by hitting his next approach shot to six feet and rolling in the putt for a two to move one shot clear,  and hit his shot to a similar distance at the last to see in a final-hole birdie for victory. 

Ancer finished two behind in solo second, with Scottie Scheffler a stroke further back in third, and Bud Cauley and Sepp Straka sharing fourth on 20-under-par.