Kang rallies to win maiden title in Dallas

Ross Houston
May 15, 2019

"It was like a normal round of golf for me, it felt like it", said Every, whose two PGA Tour victories were both at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, in 2014 and 2015. "He didn't miss. Hard to beat", Every said.

A stroke behind Every when third-round play resumed, Kang completed a 68 to take a three-stroke lead over Every into the final round.

Twice over the last two days, Every overcame deficits of at least four strokes and went ahead of Kang.

Sung Kang made up nearly 11 strokes on the field on the greens over the 72 holes of the AT&T Byron Nelson, but it was the two-stroke differential on the 15th green that resulted in his first PGA Tour victory, a two-shot win over Matt Every and Scott Piercy, who played 72 holes without a bogey but still didn't win.


"It just feels wonderful". "We're just making birdies back and forth, and back and forth".

World No.3 Brooks Koepka showed he was primed for this week's US PGA Championship title defence as he finished fourth at 20 under after a closing 65. So while Every was the overnight leader, Kang held a three-shot advantage going into the final round.

Momentum swung decidedly in the 31-year-old's favor on the par-four 15th when he sank a 23-foot birdie putt for the outright lead.

His chance looked to have gone when he surrendered a one-shot lead with bogeys on the 15th and 16th, but the 22-year-old Swede recovered to finish a shot ahead of defending champion Eddie Pepperell (66), Matt Wallace (71) and Robert MacIntyre (68). His ball settled in some nasty rough well below the hole, and his shot from there got to the top of the hill before rolling back into a bunker.


"I'm speechless, I don't know what happened the last two holes, " Kinhult said. "I was telling my caddie I'm really exhausted". He was 4 under in his first five holes with a 36-foot eagle putt after driving the green at the 301-yard par-4 fifth hole, but then had seven consecutive pars.

Scotland's Martin Laird was at one under for the day after 10 holes and dropped into a share of 16th place.

Sung Kang reacts after winning the Byron Nelson golf tournament on Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Dallas.

Sung Kang of Korea plays his shot from the fourth tee during the final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson at Trinity Forest Golf Club on May 12, 2019 in Dallas, Texas.


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