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If you didn't know how big a moment winning a PGA Tour title for the first time would be for Corey Conners, all you had to do was watch his newlywed wife in the gallery. Malory Conners was hanging on every shot, alternately smiling, cringing, cheering, crying. Accent on the crying. Especially after her husband closed the deal for an improbable two-stroke win at the Valero Texas Open on Sunday at TPC San Antonio, a life-altering moment for both of them.
The 27-year-old Canadian became the first Monday qualifier to win on the PGA Tour since Arjun Atwal at the 2010 Wyndham. So that's where Conners was last Monday. Where he will be this Monday is Augusta, Georgia. The victory thrust Conners into the Masters, becoming the 87th and final qualifier for the first major of the year. He also gained entry into next month's PGA Championship and the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, earned a two-year exemption on Tour through 2020-21 and, oh yeah, $1.3 million. He soared from 196th in the world rankings to 84th.
For the second straight year, a golfer not otherwise exempt into the Masters won at the last possible moment. Last year, it was Ian Poulter in Houston. Conners' entry into Augusta was quite a wild ride. He birdied four of the first five holes to grab the lead from overnight leader Si Woo Kim. But