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K.H. Lee gets first PGA Tour win at Byron Nelson, qualifies for PGA

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K.H. Lee obtains initially PGA Trip win at Byron Nelson, gets approved for PGA

McKINNEY, Texas — K.H. Lee was greater than pleased to play via a consistent rainstorm in the last round of the AT&T Byron Nelson, and also didn’t mind suffering a climate hold-up of greater than 2 hrs Sunday.

The benefit was the last place following week in the PGA Champion.

Lee made his initial PGA Trip triumph and also the opportunity to contend on the Sea Program at Kiawah Island in South Carolina, ending up being the 2nd successive Nelson victor from South Korea by ending up 25 under, 3 in advance of third-round leader Sam Burns.

Hefty rainfall dropped the majority of the back 9 for the leaders, with workers using squeegees to clear paths on greens and also one ball stuck in the middle of a fast-moving stream on the 18th fairway. The gamers ground via the deluge prior to lightning compelled a hold-up.

A lot of the standing water was gone when play returned to 2 hrs, 23 mins later on. Lee missed out on a par putt on 16 to reduce his bring about 2, however responded to with 2 birdies. The sunlight appeared equally as Lee was completing his 6-under 66.

“Long day for me, I think everybody,” claimed Lee, that was greeted just off the 18th green by countryman K.J. Choi, an eight-time excursion victor that stays in the Dallas location. “I mean, but I just try keep patient and positive thinking.”

Burns completed 22 under, a shot in advance of 2011 Masters champ Charl Schwartzel, Daniel Berger, Patton Kizzire and also Scott Stallings. Troy Merritt and also Joseph Bramlett completed 2 even more back at 19 under.

When the hold-up hit, Jordan Spieth currently understood he was mosting likely to fail once again in his home town occasion, used its 3rd program in the previous 4 Nelsons at the rain-soaked TPC Craig Cattle ranch in McKinney, regarding 30 miles north of Dallas.

Spieth, 3 back to begin the day, shot 71 and also connected for 9th at 18 under, providing him his initial leading 10 at the Nelson 11 years after he competed Sunday as a 16-year-old when the program went to its residence of 3 years, the TPC 4 Seasons.

“Coming into the week if you told me top 10, I would probably take it,” claimed Spieth, betting the very first time given that ending up 3rd at the Masters and also screening favorable for COVID-19. “I didn’t know where anything stood.”

South Korea’s Sung Kang was the protecting champ after winning in 2019, when the secondly of simply 2 Nelsons was dipped into the treeless web links program Trinity Woodland in Dallas. The relocation was out of favor with followers and also gamers, and also Craig Cattle ranch came to be the residence complying with in 2014’s COVID-19 termination.

Something regarding this Nelson coincided, though: well-known springtime weather condition in Texas.

Threesomes began with the initial and also 10th tees following sunrise to attempt to defeat a projection requiring boosting rainfall throughout the day.

Stable rainfall for two-plus hrs obtained gradually even worse as gamers started eluding for cover under umbrellas instantly after shots and also frequently cleaned grasps with towels. From the beginning of the round, they reached raise, tidy and also position their shots in the fairways.

“I have been drier swimming in the ocean,” Stallings claimed. “If there is any video of us walking down 18, the goal of trying to stay dry was over by the time we got to 18 because there was just water everywhere. We were like kids walking through puddles.”

One stroke behind at the beginning, Lee overtook Burns, that fired 70, prior to it obtained actually damp.

The 29-year-old from Seoul went on completely with a birdie on the par-4 3rd opening and also extended the bring about 4 at No. 8 by putting his second shot within 4 feet for birdie. Burns tossed his round in disgust after missing out on a 5-foot birdie shot.

Lee, that completed connected for 2nd at the Phoenix az Open in February, had the most affordable rating to the same level at the Nelson given that 1983 on the par-72 Craig Cattle ranch design, defeating 23 under from both years at par-71 Trinity Woodland. The major 4 Seasons program was par 70.

Lee is obtaining his 3rd chance at a significant after two times missing out on the cut at the U.S. Open. The initial remained in 2014, greater than 3 years prior to his 2nd PGA Trip look.

Burns concluded his PGA place 2 weeks ago with his initial excursion triumph at the Valspar Champion when he ultimately transformed a 54-hole introduce a win after 2 stopped working efforts this period.

The 54-hole lead once again escaped the 24-year-old from Louisiana, that was attempting to end up being the initial gamer given that Camilo Villegas in 2008 to obtain his initial 2 PGA Trip triumphes in successive beginnings.

“I think the biggest thing for me is just knowing my game is in a good place,” Burns claimed. “It’s in a good spot enough to where I can contend.”

Seamus Power was 21 under via 8 openings however dropped back with an unusual dual bogey at the par-4 13th on a training course that generated almost 100 ratings in the 60s in the opening round. Power fired 70 to end up 18 under with Spieth, Jhonattan Las Vega (67) and also Doc Redman (70).

Kizzire, the only gamer with 2 rounds of 64 or far better, was 8 under for the day via 12 prior to choosing his 63. He rose right into opinion with a second-round 64 prior to a 71 Saturday.

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