KH Lee: South Korean wins Byron Nelson to clam his first PGA Tour victory and qualify for PGA Championship | Golf News


The result puts KH Lee in the top 30 of the FedexCup rankings and qualifies him for next week’s PGA Championship at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island; the 29-year-old has already played in two majors

Last updated: 05/17/21 00:28

KH Lee of South Korea celebrates with the trophy after winning the AT&T Byron Nelson in McKinney, Texas

KH Lee finished 25 under par to win AT&T Byron Nelson by three shots for his first PGA Tour victory.

The result took the South Korean to the top 30 in the FedexCup rankings and qualifies him for next week’s PGA Championship at the Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

The 29-year-old has already played in two majors, missing the cup at the US Open in 2014, more than three years before his second PGA Tour appearance.

Lee started the day 18 under and made three of the first four holes, scoring more birdies before nine in the sixth and eighth before dropping a shot in the ninth.

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Lee shot a six-under-66 on the final day at TPC Craig Ranch to win the Byron Nelson

Lee shot a six-under-66 on the final day at TPC Craig Ranch to win the Byron Nelson

A bogey on the 16th then canceled another birdie on the 12th, but a two on par three 17s and a birdie tap-in on the last put three shots between him and third-round leader Sam Burns, who was second. .

Ireland’s Seamus Power had been in contention in the final round, getting a five-under-nine before Sunday afternoon, but the Irishman then doubled down on 13th and 14th to withdraw from the competition late.

He finished 18 under for a share of ninth place with Doc Redman, Jhonattan Vegas and local boy Jordan Spieth.

Seamus Power saw his chances wane by releasing two shots on the 13th and another on the 14th

Seamus Power saw his chances wane by releasing two shots on the 13th and another on the 14th

Executives had started several hours earlier in an attempt to get in the round with increasing rain in the forecast, and they made it through most of the first nine before the heavier rains arrived. They went through a steady downpour for about an hour when a lightning strike forced a delay Sunday at TPC Craig Ranch.

Most of the standing water was gone when play resumed nearly two and a half hours later, and Lee’s own recovery saw him miss his putt on the 16th to reduce his lead to two, before ending with the pair of birdies for six under 66.

Burns struggled to reach a 71 to finish at 22 under, a shot ahead of 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, Daniel Berger, Patton Kizzire and Scott Stallings. Troy Merritt and Joseph Bramlett finished two more at 19 under.

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When the delay hit, Spieth already knew he was going to fail again in his hometown event, played on his third course in the last four Nelsons at McKinney, about 30 miles north of Dallas.

Spieth, three back to start the day, shot 71, giving him his first top 10 at Nelson 11 years after running for Sunday at 16 when the course was at his home for over 30 years. at TPC Four Seasons.

Excitement wins over Lee’s celebrations

Everything Lee had repeated to celebrate his first victory was lost in the moment.

“Before a lot of imagining when I win, like what is it,” he said through a translator. “Like, yeah, like a fist pump or I imagine a lot of things, but too excited there. Almost forgot everything. So excited, yeah.”

The South Korean later said that a putter change had a big part to play in the victory: “It was a big help for me – I love this putter!”

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KH Lee said a putter change had a lot to do with his victory at Byron Nelson

KH Lee said a putter change had a lot to do with his victory at Byron Nelson

Burns was going for his second victory this month after winning the Valspar Championship on May 2, but he was happy despite his second place finish.

“I think the most important thing for me is just knowing that my game is in the right place. It’s in a good enough position that I can fight,” said the 24-year-old from Louisiana.

“So it’s cool for me, just to see some results for some of the stuff I’ve been working on at home. Overall a great week.”

He was also happy for Lee.

“Yeah, he played really well. I was really proud of him,” Burns said. “When it was tough he hung in there and got off to a great start. It was quite pleasant at first.

Jordan Spieth said he made some 'rusty mistakes'

Jordan Spieth said he made some ‘rusty mistakes’

“I got off to a really quick start, then a little bit halfway got tough for everyone, and he kept hitting shot after shot and never gave anyone a chance. was fun to watch. “

When asked what he got out of his four rounds, Spieth said, “I guess I went back to tournament golf. I played well, I had a lot of good shots.

“You know, rusty mistakes here and there, and then I just didn’t putt as well as I would have liked. So the shot was a bit to begin with, and I’ll be working on that for next week. for sure.

“But coming in the week if you told me the Top 10, I would probably take it. I didn’t know where anything stood.”



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