Overnight leader Ricky Barnes back-pedaled to a 2-over-par 38-36=74 in today's final round of the Valero Texas Open for a 72-hole total of 9-under 279, down three on the leaderboard into a five-way T4, three adrift of champion Charley Hoffman.
Barnes led the Heritage in scrambling last week at 86.49 percent. It carried over for the first three rounds this week, but he went 1-for-6 on Sunday, dropping to 0-for-3 on TOUR when the 54-hole leader/co-leader. The 35-year-old began the finale on 11-under, leading by one over playing competitor and 18- and 36-hole leader Brendan Steele, who shot 75. He led by two over Hoffman, who was playing one threesome ahead. Barnes bogeyed the first, sixth and ninth to overshadow a 6'2" birdie-3 at 4, but was still T2 at the turn, just one back of Martin Piller (thru 10 holes). Further bogeys on 10 and 12 however, knocked him out of contention, though he did manage to circle the 13th and 18th for back-to-back top 10s (last time was 2010) and a season best in his 16th start. Apr 24 - 7:25 PM