Conners heads to Augusta after winning Texas Open

Corey Conners celebrates after putting in to win on the 18th green during the during the final round of the Valero Texas Open golf tournament. (Reuters pic)

SAN ANTONIO: Canadian Corey Conners clinched an astonishing two-shot victory over American Charley Hoffman at the Texas Open on Sunday to punch the final ticket to the Masters.

Conners, ranked 196th in the world, compiled a crazy, rollercoaster six-under-par 66 that included 10 birdies in the final round at TPC San Antonio.

He followed four early birdies with four consecutive bogeys on the front nine before storming home with six birdies and three pars to claim his first PGA title.

The 27-year-old, who had to come through a Monday qualifier just to get into the field at the Texas Open, finished at 20-under 268 for the tournament.

Conners previously played in the Masters as an amateur in 2015. This year’s Masters starts on Thursday.