Andrew Landry wins The American Express after losing 6 shot lead

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By : BGA Proshop

Andrew Landry was able to secure his second PGA Tour title even with a previous Australian Open Champion, Abraham Ancer chasing him down with two holes to play but Landry was able to answer.

At some point in the final round Landry had blown the lead out to six shots and was in cruise mode but defensive golf cost time and was tied for the lead with Ancer on the 17th hole.

“It’s hard when you have a big lead because then you kind of start playing a little defensive,” Landry said, “and instead of playing defensive you need to be playing more aggressively and just keep hitting the shots that you need to hit.”

Ancer knew he had a lot of ground to make up and didn’t waste any time in chasing down the leader. On the outward nine he birdied 5 of the last 6 holes and was closing the gap. He then went on to birdie the 11th, 14th 16th and on the 17th after he made birdie was tied for the lead.  Ancer finished with a course equalling 63 and was in the club house at 24 under.

Meanwhile Landry who got the lead out to 6 with birdies on the 3rd, 6th, 7th and then three in a row from the 10th to the 12th was looking really good for his second PGA Tour victory. But costly bogeys on the next 3 holes and failing to birdie the short par 5 16th saw his lead all but vanish. Knowing that he needed to calm the nerves on the par 3 17th he hit want could only be described as the shot of the tournament with all the pressure on him, hits his approach to about 7 feet and drains the putt for birdie.

With a one shot lead going down the 18th and with water hugging the left had side of the fairway, Landry rips his drive 309 yards and with only 120 to the hole knocks his approach to 5 feet and rolls in another birdie for victory.

“It feels great,” he said. “Winning out here is hard.”  

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