KH Lee ran across the fairway to try to get a better view of a shot that proved key in his second straight win at the Byron Nelson.The South Kore
KH Lee ran across the fairway to try to get a better view of a shot that proved key in his second straight win at the Byron Nelson.
The South Korean must have known he would be close, as did the low-scoring drama surrounding him, including local favorite Jordan Spieth and a pair of big tournament winners like Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama and Justin Thomas.
Lee’s 240-yard (219.5-meter) shot on the par-5 12th hole fell to less than 5 feet (1.5 meters), and the eagle put him in front for good Sunday at his en route to a 9-under-par 63 round and a one-shot victory over Spieth at TPC Craig Ranch, where there were plenty of birdies.
Spieth shot 67 to finish a shot ahead of Matsuyama (62) and Colombian Sebastian Munoz (69), who had or shared the lead in the first three rounds.
Xander Schauffele had a career-best 61 and was tied for fifth with Ryan Palmer (66) and Thomas (67), who was part of an eight-way tie for the lead with 20-for-par going into the final round. round.
Last year, Lee was playing for a spot at the PGA Championship, where he will be once again next week at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
This time it was for a place in history, with the 30-year-old joining Sam Snead (1957-58), Jack Nicklaus (1970-71) and Tom Watson (1978-80) as the only ones to repeat at the Nelson.