HOUSTON — TaylorMade Tour Staff professional D.A. Points earned his second career PGA Tour victory on Sunday at the Shell Houston Open, charging his way up the leaderboard and outlasting an evening weather delay before putting the finishing touches on a final-round 66, good for a one-shot win.
Points’ winning scorecard was flawless if not also simply effective, as he signed for six birdies, 12 pars and no bogeys in a final round trumped only by his opening-round 64 at Redstone. With only a few holes remaining Sunday, a furious storm blew into Houston, putting Points’ momentum and his chance at a second-career PGA Tour win on hold, if only momentarily.
The delay was no match for his determination as Points closed with four-straight pars, under pressure, including a gutsy, fist-pumping final putt that capped his comeback. After starting the season with seven missed cuts in nine events, Points’ victory at SHO earned him a coveted bid into the The Masters and vaulted him to 19th in the 2013 FedExCup points standings.
Points, 36, added to a career resume Sunday previously highlighted by his win at the 2011 AT&T National Pebble Beach Pro-Am and a T10 finish at the 2010 PGA Championship. Peaking at the right time, he’ll have a chance to rewrite the story again next week at Augusta, a place where he’s competed just once in his professional career.
With the win, Points moves up to No. 70 in the Official World Golf Rankings. We look forward to watching him compete at the Masters and stay tuned for updates on Tour Diaries as players make final preparations for Augusta National this week in San Antonio.