The final round of the Shell Houston Open was a wild one, that’s for sure. In the end, D.A. Points came out on top, securing a one shot victory over Henrik Stenson and Billy Horschel, who both finished at 15 under par for the tournament. All three of the top finishers fired six under par scores of 66 on the day. Stenson and Horschel each needed one more that they couldn’t quite convert, however.
Points entered the tournament having failed to break 70 in any of his nine previous rounds. He shot 64-71-71-66 over the four rounds at RedStone Golf Club. Of course there was a weather delay thanks to some severe thunderstorms that rolled through the area Sunday afternoon. It seems like just about every tournament so far this year has experienced one weather issue or another.
Pro golfers have to be resilient. They go through ups and downs on a constant basis (just ask Rory McIlroy). Just because they’re in a slump doesn’t mean that they are any less talented than when they were playing well, and Points knows that very well. ”I never count myself out,” Points said. ”I never just chalk it up like, ‘Oh, this year is over with.’ I’ve never felt like that. I was just grinding, just trying to wait and try to find that one thing that like, ‘Boom! There it is.’ And there I go. Fortunately, it was this week and I capitalized on it.”
He did just enough to hold on for the win, but in golf, as with all sports, just enough is plenty. You don’t have to blow out the entire field, even though that might make it easier on the nerves. As long as you’re one shot better than the next closest guy, you’re going to win.
This was the second career victory for Points, and he celebrated by “Dufnering” with the trophy. It’s nice to see that the win didn’t make his ego swell.