Lee Kyoung-Hoon’s lowest spherical on the PGA Tour was sufficient to retain his AT&T Byron Nelson title forward of dwelling favorite Jordan Spieth in Texas on Sunday.
The South Korean carded a career-low 63 to complete on 26 beneath par to make it back-to-back wins on the event, turning into the primary individual to realize that since Tom Watson 42 years in the past.
It thwarted Spieth’s hopes of a maiden victory at his dwelling course forward of the American’s newest pursuit of a profession grand slam at subsequent week’s US PGA Championship.
Spieth, who was a part of the ultimate group, may solely card 67 to complete on 25 beneath and did not drive a play-off regardless of a birdie on his final gap following a chip for eagle narrowly failing to land.
The Dallas-born three-time main winner had claimed a share of the lead on the midway stage of his remaining spherical however a three-putt on the tenth from 6ft slowed his momentum.
“I hit only a shot that you simply don’t observe into the inexperienced and I really thought I simply caught it and I don’t know if I may have a thousand balls and hit it the place I hit it,” Spieth instructed reporters of his eagle try.
“When the day began I might have wished to be at, I feel I might have wished to be at 25 beneath standing on (the) 18 tee. So I had an opportunity to do this with that putt on 17 and simply type of, it was simply pumping into and it simply dove throughout the outlet.
“However it was week, good momentum into subsequent week, final two begins being a win (at RBC Heritage) and a second, however this one will sting just a bit bit simply trying again on the day.”
Xander Schauffele had set the clubhouse goal at 23 beneath earlier within the day because of a shocking 61. The American virtually did not make the lower on Friday after a poor begin to his second spherical however secured a share of fifth ultimately.
Justin Thomas and Ryan Palmer had been the others to complete with an general rating of 265.
An eagle on Hideki Matsuyama’s 72nd gap had briefly put him out in entrance on 24 beneath and he would accept joint-third with Sebastian Munoz, who held a share of the lead on the midway mark.
Kyoung-Hoon as soon as once more got here out on prime although and he’ll now intention to construct on this at Southern Hills.
The 30-year-old has by no means made the lower at a significant in six earlier makes an attempt, along with his most up-to-date early exit being ultimately month’s Masters at Augusta.
An omen – of kinds – for Kyoung-Hoon is Watson successful his subsequent event after claiming the 1980 Byron Nelson title – the Open Championship at Muirfield.