It wasn’t as simple as he had hoped, however due to some well timed birdies Sung Kang left Dallas along with his first profession PGA Tour trophy. Here is how issues ended up on the AT&T Byron Nelson, the place Kang gained by two pictures over two gamers:
Leaderboard: Sung Kang (-23), Matt Each (-21), Scott Piercy (-21), Brooks Koepka (-20)
What it means: Kang began the morning one shot behind Each, however after a torrid end to his third spherical he entered the ultimate spherical with a three-shot lead. That benefit rapidly evaporated when his gradual began was mixed with a trio of birdies from Each, and heading into the again 9 it was each little bit of a three-man race together with Piercy. However Kang birdied No. 14 and rolled in two extra after that to distance himself from the pack, and at age 31 he now has his first profession PGA Tour victory after 4 wins in Korea and a handful of shut calls within the U.S. Kang was already exempt for subsequent week’s PGA Championship, however the win ensures he’ll make his Masters debut subsequent spring.
Spherical of the day: Piercy made it fascinating, following a third-round 63 with a 7-under 64 within the finale. The veteran rolled in six birdies in his first eight holes to problem for the title, however that momentum slowed on the again 9 as he settled for eight pars on the inward half. The robust weekend effort nonetheless netted him a share of second for his finest outcome since a staff win on the Zurich Traditional final spring.
Better of the remaining: Peter Uihlein matched Piercy with a final-round 64, vaulting 11 spots right into a tie for fifth at 17 beneath. Uihlein was bogey-free in his ultimate journey round Trinity Forest, together with three straight birdies on Nos. 14-16 to snag his second top-5 end of the season after missed cuts in every of his final 4 begins.
Largest disappointment: It is arduous to be dissatisfied with a bogey-free 65, however after an eagle on the brief fifth gap it appeared like Koepka would possibly head into his PGA Championship title protection with one other victory. As a substitute he closed with 11 pars over his ultimate 13 holes to complete alone in fourth place – nonetheless a stable end and solely a disappointment relative to final-round expectations for the world No. three in opposition to a comparatively weak area.
Shot of the day: Kang rolled in a brief birdie on No. 14 to maneuver forward of Each and Piercy, but it surely was his 22-footer on No. 15 that signaled his breakthrough win could also be within the offing. He adopted that with a 7-footer on the following gap to permit him to play the final two holes comparatively stress-free.
Quote of the day: “I’m so happy right now.” – Kang, who admitted he solely slept three hours final night time after forfeiting his 36-hole benefit.