Published: Wed, May 15, 2019
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Every takes Nelson lead midway through suspended 3rd round

Every takes Nelson lead midway through suspended 3rd round

Kang carded a 23-under 261 to win by two strokes over joint runners-up Matt Every and Scott Piercy of the US and picked up the trophy. He was unable to get up and down from a green side bunker at the 12th, but he reeled off another trio of birdies at 14, 15 and 16 to move to 24-under for the tournament.

The result was bitter for American Every, who needed to win to qualify for next week's PGA Championship, but encouraging for countryman Piercy, who posted four bogey-free rounds. "That happened this week", Koepka said.

Sung Kang ended his wait for a first PGA Tour win, claiming the AT&T Byron Nelson on Sunday.

After a six-hour delay in the start of play Saturday because of heavy rain overnight and into the morning, Every went from a 4-stroke deficit to a 1-shot lead before play was suspended because of darkness with the leaders through nine holes.

Only 12 of 83 players finished the third round.

The Waterford native was level par for the back nine and picked up a birdie at the turn (the first hole) before dropping shots at 4 and five.

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).


"We knew it was going to be a long day so just need to be patient", said Kang, 31.

That bogey put him at 21 under, tied again with Every at the same time Koepka made a short birdie putt at No. 13 to get him within two strokes of the lead.

Asked about a telephone conversation with his father in South Korea, where he was heard to say "I did it", he added: My dad gave me a lot of support when I was young and sent me over to the USA when I was 15 and gave me a lot of opportunity to learn from good pros. 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.

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) - Marcus Kinhult of Sweden birdied the last two holes for a 2-under 70 for a one-shot victory in the British Masters and his first European Tour title.

Sung Sang, victor of the Byron Nelson golf tournament, shows his wife Soyoung Yang and son Eugene Gunn Kang the trophy Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Dallas.

Sung Kang holds his club in his teeth after his shot of the 12th tee n the final round of the Byron Nelson golf tournament on Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Dallas.

But on Sunday at Trinity Forest Golf Club, Kang stayed strong despite a chaotic final day.

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