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McDowell ends the weekend well for top 30 spot in Texas

 

By Robert Jones

Graeme McDowell hit an impressive three under par in the final round of the Valero Texas Open.

The Portrush man was still well adrift of the leaders after signing for a one under par total after his final round 69 and a share of 27th spot.

Five birdies and two bogies left the Ulsterman feeling more positive at the end of the weekend.

America’s Kevin Chappell finally got to grips with the windy conditions and sealed victory on 12 under par for his first PGA Tour victory.

The 30-year-old, who has six runners-up finishes to his name, birded the last to finish one shot clear of Brooks Koepka.

Bernd Wiesberger was crowned the Shenzhen International champion after beating Tommy Fleetwood in a dramatic play-off at Genzon Golf Club.

The Englishman, eight shots behind at the start of his final round, carded an excellent 63 to level with Wiesberger, who could only par the 18th, on 16 under to ensure another trip to the last hole in the rain.

But Wiesberger held his nerve to secure a fourth European Tour victory in his 200th event, putting for birdie despite ending up in the bank after opting to take the risky line over the water off the tee.

The play-off victory was the first for in-form Wiesberger, who has not missed a cut since the US PGA Championship. He said: “At the end of the day I’m just glad I got myself into the spot where I could play for the title. Tommy has had a great day today and I’m just grateful to make that one shot when I needed to.”

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