Si Woo Kim retains Valero Texas Open lead as rivals close in

The leader hits out of the sand on his final hole on Saturday

The leader hits out of the sand on his final hole on Saturday

Besides a chance to play in next week's Masters, a tournament he played in 2015 as a U.S. Amateur finalist, Conners also is now fully exempt on the PGA Tour through the 2020-21 season and will play in next month's PGA Championship. Rickie Fowler was tied for 17th while 10 strokes back at 10-under with a final-round 69, and Jordan Spieth (72) was 7-under.

Kevin Streelman led in the clubhouse on 14-under after four successive birdies from the 14th to shoot a 64. "I just got myself in some tricky spots".

He double-bogeyed both the fourth and ninth on the way out, as well as bogeying the third and fifth, before clicking into gear and embarking on a run of five birdies in seven holes from the 12th. Beginning the day one shot behind Kim, Conners birdied four of his first five holes and stormed out to a four-shot lead.

Kim, who had aced the par-three 16th on Friday, was left kicking himself after missing a short birdie putt which would have given him sole possession of the lead.

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Kim, who had started the day four shots clear, had gradually been reeled in by Canada's Corey Conners as he struggled to adjust to steady rain and gusty winds at TPC San Antonio's AT&T Oaks Course. Trailing by a shot going in the final round, he benefited from a three-stroke swing on the leaderboard on the third hole with a 10-foot putt on the par-3.

After opening with a bogey, Kim could only make two birdies before the turn to leave him locked with Conners down the stretch.

But Conners bogeyed the next four, and three of those came after tee shots put him in nice position either from the middle of the fairway or close to it.

"I haven't really thought too much about it, but I'm really excited to get back there", he said. "I feel like I've been really solid with all of that". "I'm pretty comfortable turning the ball right to left and that's the predominant shot shape that you need". "I had a lot of confidence in my game". His solid FedEx Cup standing meant he qualified for high-profile tournaments such as the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Players Championship, but was forced to Monday qualify for most regular tour events, something he managed to do an impressive three times, including this week.

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