Barnes misses chance for maiden win at Valero


It was a rough day for the anchor group at the Valero Texas Open.

Ricky Barnes began the final round at TPC San Antonio with a one-shot lead, hoping to close strong and secure his first PGA Tour win in his 222nd career start. Instead, the 35-year-old bogeyed the opening hole, never truly factored and signed for a 2-over 74.

Barnes made only one birdie on the front nine, and he was 4 over on his round through 12 holes. While birdies on Nos. 13 and 18 helped him secure some extra cash and a season-best T-4 finish, he still ended up three shots behind the eventual winner, Charley Hoffman.

But Barnes was not alone in his struggles among the tournament's final group. Luke Donald was in the mix for the second straight week, but he made only one birdie en route to matching Barnes' total of 74. The Englishman fell back into a tie for 13th, extending a PGA Tour victory drought that dates back to the 2012 Valspar Championship.

Playing alongside Barnes and Donald was Brendan Steele, who earned his lone career victory at this event in 2011. Steele started the day one shot behind Barnes, but he carded six bogeys en route to a 3-over 75 that left him in a tie for 13th.