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


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

Last Updated: 17/05/21 12:15am

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

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

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

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

Lee started the day on 18 under and birdied three of the first four holes, carding further front-nine birdies on the sixth and eighth before dropping a shot on the ninth.

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

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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

Irishman Seamus Power had been in contention in the final round, carding a five-under front nine on Sunday afternoon, but the Irishman then double-bogeyed the 13th and bogeyed the 14th to slip out of contention late on.

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

The leaders had started several hours early to try to get in the round with increasing rain in the forecast, and they got through most of the front nine before the heavier rain arrived. They slogged through a steady downpour for about an hour when a lightning strike forced a delay Sunday at TPC Craig Ranch.

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

Burns struggled to 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 back at 19 under.

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

Spieth, three back to start the day, shot 71, giving him his first top-10 at the Nelson 11 years after he was a contender on Sunday as a 16-year-old when the course was at its home of more than 30 years at the TPC Four Seasons.





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