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Monday, May 13, 2019

The Limerick Summary: 2019 AT&T Byron Nelson

Winner: Sung Kang

Around the wider world of golf: Marcus Kinhult got his first ET title at the Betfred British Masters; Michael Gellerman won the KC Golf Classic on the Tour; Richard Jung won the Beijing Championship on the PGA TOUR China; Maria Parra won the IOA Invitational on the Symetra Tour; and the Champions Tour will need one more day to determine the winner of the Regions Tradition.

Sung Kang with AT&T Byron Nelson trophy

My Tuesday Twofer picks struggled this week. I picked Pat Perez (T12) to win and Charles Howell III (WD) to Top10. Perez did put on a run Sunday but was unable to make up enough ground, finishing just outside the Top10. Howell WD'ed after ten holes Thursday, presumable from a back injury (he wouldn't have been the only one).
  • Winners: 2 for 19
  • Place well (Top10): 10 for 19 (5 Top5 finish, 5 more Top10s)
  • Overall Top10s: 20 of 38 (10 Top5s, 10 more Top10s)
Sung Kang didn't WD, however. In fact, the 61 he shot Friday and Saturday during all the delays probably won the event for him; I think it was the low round of the week. It gave him a buffer that neither Scott Piercy nor Matt Every, both of whom had amazing weekends, were able to make up.

Of the two, only Every was really close enough to give Kang a run... and he certainly tried. I didn't hear much of the action on Sunday -- our TV coverage was largely consumed by tornado watches, caused by the front that terrorized this event and the Champions Tour event this weekend. But I was able to tell that Every would take the lead, then fall back, then retake the lead, then fall back... until Kang went on that birdie tear from 14 thru 16.

This week was good news for Kang in more ways than one, though. Not only did he get his first PGA Tour win, he also got a berth in next week's PGA Championship AND his first Limerick Summary. Of course, we all know which one of those was the most important, don't we?
Lord Byron could not stop the rain
Nor the lightning, but neither stopped Kang—
And neither did Every!
Now… will Kang’s reverie
Lead him to PGA fame?
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