Landry wins The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic
January 25, 2017
By Web.com Tour Staff
- January 25, 2017
- This was Andrew Landry's second Web.com Tour victory. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
GREAT ABACO, The Bahamas – Andrew Landry was just 2-over after seven holes Wednesday after entering the final round with a share of the lead, but the 29-year-old Texan posted two eagles on the way in to come from behind for a three-shot victory over Jimmy Gunn at The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic at The Abaco Club. Landry, the 18-hole leader at the 2016 U.S. Open, played his last 11 holes in 7-under to lock up his second career Web.com Tour victory with a 16-under 272 total.
“It’s just something that you hope for starting the year off, getting off to a really good start, and trying to accomplish your goals that you set every year,” Landry said. “It’s just one of the many goals that I’ve had, and I’ve got two more to win to get back on the PGA TOUR.”
After bogeys at Nos. 2 and 7, Landry hit a 7-iron 15 feet left of the pin at the par-5 eighth and buried his first eagle. One hole later, he followed it up with a 20-foot birdie at the ninth to turn in 1-under and tie Chase Parker for the lead.
“We were just having a little bit of an issue reading it, and I just played it dead straight and hit a great putt, and it barely snuck in the right edge there,” Landry said of the first eagle. “It just kept the momentum going. I knew I was putting well, but my speed was just a bit off the first seven holes. We were just fortunate to get that to go in. I made that 20-footer on nine, and we just started rolling -- hitting some good shots, hitting some great iron shots and making putts and getting it up and down.”
When Parker poured in a birdie three groups ahead on No. 14 to briefly take the solo lead, Landry stuck his approach to four feet on No. 13 for the birdie and followed it up with the self-proclaimed best shot of his life – a 3-wood from 260 yards to four feet – for his second eagle of the day to take the lead for good.
This week’s victory is the conclusion of an up-and-down two months for Landry. He got married the week before the final stage of Q-School and showed up rusty after not practicing for six days. It showed, he said, and he had to chip-in on two of his final four holes to make it on the number and finish inside the top 45 to guarantee himself starts in the first eight events. In the first start of the season in Exuma, he missed the cut with rounds of 87-77 and then found out his grandfather had passed away back at home. So throughout this week, he was playing for his grandfather.
“Obviously, he was a big part of my life, and he was a big-time sports fan,” Landry said with tears welling up in his eyes. “Just really nice to pull one through for him.”
Andrew Landry wins the Bahamas Great Abaco Classic
Landry’s first Web.com Tour victory came at the 2015 Servientrega Championship presented by Efecty, helping him to earn his PGA TOUR card for the 2015-16 season with a 21st-place finish on the Regular Season money list. He struggled in his rookie year on TOUR, making just 9 of 18 cuts with one top 10 on his way to 178th in the FedExCup standings. His signature week on TOUR came at the 2015 U.S. Open, where he played in the final group after entering the final round in second. The final round brought a disappointing 78 on his way to a T15 finish, but that round proved pivotal on Wednesday.
“You know, I went into today thinking about the U.S. Open, thinking about what went wrong and thinking about how I could get better,” Landry said. “My tempo got bad in the U.S. Open, so that was one big thing that Terry (my caddie) and I just tried to go through all day -- Just good tempo, good tempo. That was a big, big deal for me today.”
Gunn, the 36-hole leader, held the overnight lead entering the day with 28 holes in front of him, but played the final 10 holes of his third round Wednesday morning in 4-over to drop two shots back of the lead entering the final round. The 36-year-old was 1-over through three holes but climbed his way back with birdies on Nos. 4, 6, 8, and 9 to turn with a temporary share of the lead before Landry ran away from everyone on the back nine. His 4-under 68 secured a career-best solo-second finish.
“I like playing in the wind. As soon as it went calm, I couldn’t play again,” Gunn said. “It was a good week. Just five bad holes killed me. You can’t do that when the wind goes down.”
Marty Dou, who posted four victories on his way to the the Order of Merit title on PGA TOUR China a year ago, continued his tear with a solo-third finish at 12-under 276. Dou, who celebrated his 20th birthday just four days ago and is the youngest member of the Web.com Tour, was looking to become the first native of China to win on the Web.com Tour.
Parker finished solo fourth in only his second career Web.com Tour start. The Augusta, Ga., native held a share of the lead with four holes remaining but bogeyed Nos. 15 and 17 coming in. Jack Maguire and Sam Ryder shared fifth at 10-under.
Andrew Landry interview winning Great Abaco