Sung Kang captured his first PGA Tour victory on Sunday with a 4-under 67 to finish at 23-under total to win the AT&T Byron Nelson at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas.
Kang, who lives in nearby Coppell, pulled away from Scott Piercy and Matt Every with three consecutive birdies.
“Just a dream come true,” Kang said. ” I mean when I just started playing golf I really dream about this, winning a PGA Tour event and finally happened. I got in 2011, probably my 6th year and played over a hundred events and finally got one. Feels great.”
Kang fired a 61 in the second round to tie the Trinity Forest course record and managed to overcome the massive amount of rain that hit the DFW area and all of the golfers in pursuit, including defending U.S. Open and PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka.
Koepka finished the week at 20-under as he prepares to defend his PGA Championship title next weeka t Bethpage Black in New York.
“Sometimes you can just get beat,” Koepka said. “That happened this week. Played good. I like my chances next week. I feel like striking it really well, putting it really well, especially the putts coming down the stretch. Nice to see some kind of — something on the line. It was important going into next week.”
Dallas resident Jordan Spieth, winless since the 2017 Open Championship, finished 11-under, good enough for a tie for 29th.
“I think I putted really well this week, drove the ball a bit better,” Spieth said. “Easier fairways to hit,especially with the softer conditions.Just trying to tighten everything up a little bit. Today’s round wasn’t great but, overall, pretty solid week especially on the greens and really nice when that happens to kind of give myself a little bit more of leeway and freedom and don’t have to try to force some things when I’m putting well. Nice to have the putter back.”
Next week is the season’s second major, the PGA Championship, before the PGA Tour returns to DFW for the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial in Fort Worth.