AT&T Byron Nelson
The list of first-time winners in 2019 continues to grow. This week, Sung Kang bested the field at the AT&T Byron Nelson, deftly navigating the faux-links Championship Course at Trinity Forest Golf Club for a two-stroke victory.
Once again, mother nature played a role in the event, causing weather delays on Saturday that pushed the conclusion of the third round to Sunday. The leaders all played 27 holes on the final day.
When the rains stopped, the wind also laid down, which allowed the players to take dead aim at a course devoid of its defenses.
Including Kang, the tournament came down to four players on Sunday. Brooks Koepka made a final day charge with a 6-under 65 and 20-under total, while Matt Every (5-under 66) and Scott Piercy (7-under 64) closed the round at 21-under par for the championship.
However, Sung Kang birdied 14, 15 and 16 to provide himself a 3 shot buffer heading into 17. After a bogey on 18, Kang posted a final round 67 for 23-under par. The 31-year-old South Korean became a PGA Tour Champion and $1.4 million richer.
An interesting note, Kang shot a course-record tying 61 on Friday, which is nowhere near his first course record playing on the PGA Tour. It’s a wonder this is only his first victory.
These are the clubs Sung Kang used to win the AT&T Byron Nelson. (As reported by PGATOUR):
Betfred British Masters
The 2018 British Masters champion Eddie Pepperell defended his crown well, but ultimately finished with 1 stroke too many as Marcus Kinhult captured his first European Tour victory at the 2019 Betfred British Masters.
Kinhult looked to be in control all day long, keeping a clean card all the way through the 14th, hitting fairways and greens. The 15th looked to be off to a good start, bombing a drive down the fairway to wedge distance. However, after flying the green he was unable to get up and down for par.
His stumble continued on the 16th, where once again he was unable to find the green, with his chance for par left wanting. Kinhult had surrendered his lead and fallen one shot back with two to play.
In a show of true grit and determination, Marcus Kinhult birdied the final two holes to re-capture his one stroke advantage and his inaugural win on the European Tour.