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Wise clinches first PGA victory at AT&T Byron Nelson in Texas

May 20. 2018 10:39PM
Aaron Wise acknowledges the gallery after making a birdie on the 18th hole during Thursday's first round of the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament at Trinity Forest Golf Club. (Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports)

South African-born American Aaron Wise clinched his first PGA Tour title in only his 26th start on Sunday, an empathic three-shot win at the AT&T Byron Nelson in Texas.

Two weeks after finishing second in Charlotte, Wise went one better when he carded a closing six-under 65 at Trinity Forest in Dallas.

Watched by a gallery including former President George W. Bush, 21-year-old Wise pulled away from the field after starting the final round tied with Marc Leishman.

He notched six birdies in a seven-hole stretch from the fourth to the 11th and was never challenged thereafter, finishing at 23-under 261.

Australian Leishman shot a final-round 68 for second place at 20-under par.

PGA Tour rookie Wise, who moved with his parents to the United States at the age of 3, had an outstanding amateur career and won the American collegiate championship in 2016 before turning pro.


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