Lone Star Leonard

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Expect Justin Leonard to be a factor at this years Tour Championship. Leonard successfully defended his title at the Texas Open, giving him four top-6 finishes, including a victory, in his home state this year.
 
And fortunately for the Dallas native, the $5 million season finale will take place at the Champions Club in Houston.
 
Sunday in San Antonio, Leonard shot 2-under 69 to become the first player since Arnold Palmer (1960-62) to win back-to-back Texas Opens.
 
It does feel good, anytime to win, and to do so this close to home is extra special, Leonard said.
 
The former Texas Longhorn picked up a first-place check of $540,000 and moved from 39th to 20th on the money list. The top 30 prior to the Tour Championship qualify for the limited-field event.
 
Leonard finished 72 holes at La Cantera Golf Club at 18-under-par 266, two shots removed from runners-up J.J. Henry (66) and Matt Kuchar (69).
 
Kuchar and Henry each collected $264,000. The 23-year-old Kuchar has now earned $533,253 this season, good enough to secure his 2002 PGA Tour playing privileges.
 
Leonard started the final round with a two-shot advantage over Kuchar, and extended the margin to three with a birdie at the par-4 1st.
 
The defending champion played steadily on Sunday, recording three birdies to just one bogey; and never allowed anyone within a shot of his lead.
 
The win was Leonard's first of the season. He has also finished tied for fourth at the Shell Houston Open, tied for sixth at the Byron Nelson Classic in Dallas and tied for fifth at the MasterCard Colonial in Ft. Worth.
 
Full-field scores from the Texas Open