South Korea’s Sung Kang flourished down the stretch to win on the PGA Tour for the first time, completing a long day by capturing the AT&T Byron Nelson in Dallas on Sunday.
Kang shot a 4-under 67 in the final round to finish at 23-under 261 at Trinity Forest Golf Club, giving him a two-stroke victory.
For Kang, 31, it was his 159th tournament appearance on the PGA Tour. He’s the ninth first-time winner on tour this season.
Matt Every (66), who began the final round with five birdies and a bogey across the first six holes, and Scott Piercy (64) tied for second at 21 under.
Brooks Koepka (65), who goes into this week’s PGA Championship as the defending champion, finished fourth at 20 under.
Great Britain’s Matt Jones (67) bogeyed the final hole and dropped into a five-way tie for fifth place at 17 under.
Despite several golfers putting up scores to make them contenders, Kang didn’t flinch. He notched birdies on Nos. 14-16 to create a three-shot edge.
Most golfers had to finish the third round Sunday before the final round began, creating a long day for contenders. So while Every was the overnight leader, Kang held a three-shot advantage going into the final round.
Every had four straight bogeys while completing the third round. Meanwhile, Kang was back in front with three backside birdies Sunday morning.
Piercy and Koepka were five shots off the lead going to the last round.
Kang, whose second-round 61 allowed him to jump into the lead, took a nap at the course between the third and fourth rounds. He appeared plenty energized for the last task.
Spain’s Carlos Ortiz made a big move in the final round, with an eagle on the first hole and going 5 under through seven holes. He ended up with a 65 for the round and 15 under for the tournament.