Submitted by George Hines
For the third time Duffy Waldorf won the Texas Open. True he had won twice back in the two different sponsor names. His third time was won at the TPC of San Antonio which has hosted the tournament for the third time. The Course was designed by Pete Dye and Fred Norman with help from Sergio Garcia. The 7,500 yard layout was going to be a true test. The 49 year old, California native, came back from a knee operation and off the tour for two years was making a comeback from his surgical procedure.
Duffy Waldorf won the 90th Texas open by 5 strokes but truly dominated the tournament. He was in the short grass 75% of the time which was good for 3rd in the tourney. The length of his drives positioned him 9th in the tourney at 295.1. Those totals would open the way to a great GIR with 65.3 good enough for 17th. The putting followed on those GIR greens worked out at 1.574, 2nd in the tourney, 2nd in total putts at 26.0.
On Thursday both Bob Estes and Duffy Waldorf got off to a good start on the Par 72 layout. Both fired 67s but Bob Estes finished in a flourish scoring 5 straight birdies to finish knotting the score at -5. Anthony Kim and Tim Herron finished in 3rd at -3.
Shane Bertsch, 42 year old, Denver native, joined Duffy Waldorf at -4. on top of the Friday score board. Bob Estes’ two over par round to 2nd place tied with Briny Baird who with a round of 71. Anthony Kim and and Tim Herron slipped to 3rd joined by Dean Wilson who moved up seven spots with his second 71.
Duffy Waldorf moved into sole possession of the tourney lead on Saturday with his four under par round, -8 for the tourney. Anthony Kim was in 2nd at -3 trailing the leader by five strokes. Shane Bertsch fell back to -3 with Anthony Kim. Bob Estes dropped another spot at -2 in third.
Duffy Waldorf won the 90th Valero Texas Open with his third under par round with a 70. Rocco Mediate matched Duffy Waldorf 1st round 67 to take 2nd scoring five straight birdies to end his round. David Duval matched Rocco Mediate’s 67 to finish in 3rd.