KH Lee raced across the fairway to try and get a better look at the key shot in his second straight victory in the Byron Nelson.
The South Korean must have known it would be close, as was the low-scoring drama around him which included hometown favorite Jordan Spieth and a few other big winners in Hideki Matsuyama and Justin Thomas.
Lee’s 240-yard shot on the par-5 12th hole stopped within 5 feet of the pin, and the Eagle put him in front for a good Sunday on his way to a 9-under 63 and d a one-shot win over Spieth at birdie-besieged TPC Craig Ranch.
Spieth fired a 67 to finish one shot ahead of Matsuyama (62) and Sebastián Muñoz (69), who held or shared the lead for the first three rounds. Xander Schauffele had a career high of 61 and was tied for fifth with Ryan Palmer (66) and Thomas (67).
A year ago, Lee was playing for a spot in the PGA Championship, where he will be again next week at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
This time it was for a place in history as the 30-year-old joined Sam Snead (1957-58), Jack Nicklaus (1970-71) and Tom Watson (1978-80) as the only repeat winners at Nelson. Lee finished at 26 under, one shot better than last year.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Steve Stricker picked up a wire-to-wire victory in the regions tradition, closing with a 4-under 68 for a six-stroke margin and his fourth major PGA Tour Champions title.
Stricker’s second victory in the tradition at Greystone Golf & Country Club came in his third event since returning from a six-month absence for health reasons. Two consecutive birdies punctuated the dominating performance.
He had his 20th straight under-par round on the Founder’s Course, finishing at 21-under 267 for his eighth win on the 50-plus circuit.
Stricker spent nearly two weeks in the hospital during his health crisis and lost 25 pounds. His wife, Nicki, served as his caddy.
Paidrag Harrington finished second, birdie the final two holes for a 68.
CLIFTON, NJ (AP) — LPGA leading scorer Minjee Lee birdied just three on the back nine and held off Lexi Thompson by two strokes in the Cognizant Founders Cup for her first win of the Cognizant Founders Cup. year.
The 25-year-old Australian definitely took the lead with a birdie on the par-5 14th hole at Upper Montclair Country Club. She closed with a 2-under 70, her only round not in the 60s, for a total of 72 holes of 19-under 269 in the event that honors the 13 founding members of the LPGA Tour.
Lee won her seventh career title and the first since winning her first major last year in the Evian Championship.
Seeking his first win on the LPGA Tour since 2019, Thompson closed with six straight pars for a 69.
Angel Yin (67) and Madelene Sagstrom (72) tied for third at 16 under.
ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) — Sam Horsfield won the Soudal Open for his third European Tour title, closing with a 3-under 68 for a two-stroke victory.
Horsfield’s other wins came in two weeks in August 2020. The Englishman finished 13-under 271.
Third-round leader Ryan Fox of New Zealand and Yannik Paul of Germany tied for second. Fox shot a 71 and Paul a 69.
KORN FERRY TOUR
Knoxville, Tenn. (AP) — Anders Albertson birdied the final hole for a 4-under 66 and a one-stroke victory over Korn Ferry Tour points leader Carl Yuan at the Visit Knoxville Open,
Albertson finished at 20 under at Holston Hills Country Club. He also won the tour’s 2018 Memorial Health Championship.
Yuan shot a 66.
Shugo Imahira won the Asia Pacific Open Golf Championship Diamond Cup at Oarai Golf Club for his sixth win on the Japanese Tour and his first on the Asian Tour. Imahira closed with a 2-under 68 to finish at 8-under 272, one stroke ahead of amateur Kosuke Suzuki, Hiroshi Iwata, Kaito Onishi and Yuto Katsuragawa. Imahira secured a place at the British Open at St. Andrews in July. … Belgium’s Manon De Roey won the Aramco Team Series–Bangkok individual title of the Ladies European Tour by three strokes, tying the course record with a final score of 6 under 66. She finished at 13 under at the Thai Country Club . Sweden’s Johanna Gustavsson finished second after a 68. Second-round leader Patty Tavatanakit shot a 73 to tie for third at 8 under. … Herman Loubser birdied on the second hole of a playoff with fellow South African Ockie Strydom to win the Lombard Insurance Classic for his first Sunshine Tour title. Louber finished with a 3-under 69 to tie Strydom at 7 under at Arabella Country Estate. … Ayaka Watanabe birdied the second hole of a playoff with Sayaka Takahashi in the Hoken no Madoguchi Ladies for his first LPGA win of the season in Japan and fifth overall. Watanabe shot a 1 under 71 to tie Takahashi at 11 under at Fukuoka Country Club. … Min Ji Park successfully defended her title at the Korean LPGA’s NH Investment & Securities Ladies Championship. She finished with a 5-under 67 for a one-shot win.
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