There was joy for Sung Kang at the AT&T Byron Nelson after he picked up his first ever PGA title after 159 starts. The 31-year-old South Korean managed to secure victory after making clinching two birdies in three holes during the final round.
Winning the tournament also saw Kang become the 10th Korean winner in history on the PGA Tour, featuring alongside names like K. J. Choi.
The Final Day
As the final day began, Kang didn’t get off to the best of starts and was level par following the first seven holes. This saw the lead he had built quickly dissipate, with Kang falling behind Scott Piercy and Matt Every. Piercy was six-under through eight, while Every was four-under through six, and this meant Kang would have to quickly find his form if he was to claw back his back.
Birdies All The Way
Kang did just that as he staged a fantastic comeback hitting three birdies in a row. Kang then went on to hit another three birdies through the 14th, 15th and 16th holes, but according to Kang it was his birdie on the 15h which was pivotal on his way to victory.
“I knew that was going to be the most important putt for this week, I had a read from him (Piercy) and I was really going to make this one in. This probably will give me the trophy. I really focused. I just saw the picture and went in.”
The 10th Korean
From the putt in the 15th onwards, Kang regained his composure and went on to secure victory. As mentioned above, Kang is now the 10th different Korean to be victorious on the PGA Tour, with K. J. Choi the most successful and most recognisable to hail from the country. So, it was quite fitting to learn that Choi called Kang to congratulate him on his marvellous achievement.
Elsewhere, it was a case of what could have been for Brooks Koepka. Koepka did manage to threaten briefly on the final day after being four-under through five, but no matter how well he played, the form of the other players prevented him from ever becoming a serious threat. Koepka will be back in action in New York this week as he looks to defend his USPGA title at Bethpage Black.
Tiger Heads Up The Competition
At the time of writing, Tiger Woods has been installed as the favourite heading into the tournament, but many PGA experts believe that Koepka has what it takes to defend his crown. The defending champion will face stiff competition from a rejuvenated Tiger Woods, with Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, John Rahm and Justin Rose, all expected to challenge.
It could be an interesting tournament for Sung Kang too, fresh from his first ever PGA Tour victory. Could the South Korean pick up his second title in as many tournaments? The odds are stacked against him, but stranger things have happened.