Leonard Defends in Home State


The Texas Open was supposed to be a secondary event this week, standing in the shadows of the 34th Ryder Cup.
But due to the occurrences on Sept. 11, the Ryder Cup was postponed until Sept. 2002; thus leaving the San Antonio event at center stage.
Justin Leonard, hero of the 1999 Ryder Cup, will try and defend the title he won at La Cantera Golf Club a year ago.
The Dallas native fired a Sunday 6-under-par 64 to win his first triumph since 1998. The victory was also his first after two runner-up finishes at La Cantera.
Its a nice little burden lifted, Leonard said following his fifth career PGA Tour win.
This is the 71st playing of the event. The purse is $3 million, with $540,000 going to the winner.
Ryder Cuppers Paul Azinger, Jesper Parnevik, Hal Sutton and David Toms are scheduled to compete.
Sutton is one of many players to break a winless drought or claim a maiden title over the past seven years at this event.
Bob Estes won his first PGA Tour event at the 1994 Texas Open. Duffy Waldorf and David Ogrin did the same in 1995 and 96, respectively.
Tim Herron won in 97 for his second career victory. Sutton then claimed his fist title in three years by winning at La Cantera in 98.
In 1999, Waldorf triumphed for the second time in San Antonio. And Leonard won a year ago for his first Tour victory since the 1998 Players Championship.
Full field and tee times for the Texas Open at La Cantera