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Monday, May 17, 2021

The Limerick Summary: 2021 AT&T Byron Nelson

Winner: K.H. Lee

Around the wider world of golf: Richard Bland made history not only by becoming the oldest ET winner at the Betfred British Masters (48 years, 101 days) but by making only 1 bogey in 72 holes at the Belfry; Casey Danielson won her first Symetra title at the Symetra Classic; Dicky Pride got his first Champions Tour win at the Mitsubishi Electric Classic; Greyson Sigg got his first Korn Ferry Tour win at the Visit Knoxville Open; Lee-Anne Pace won her fourth Investec South African Women’s Open on the LET; Ryuka Hoshino got his fifth Japan Golf Tour win at the Asia Pacific Diamond Cup; Momoko Osato got her second JLPGA win at the Hoken no Madoguchi Ladies; and Minji Park got her sixth KLPGA win at the NH Investment and Securities Ladies Championship. [Thanks again for the Asian results, IC!]

K.H. Lee with AT&T Byron Nelson trophy

I really expected my Twofer Tuesday picks to do better this week. I had Will Zalatoris (T17) and Marc Leishman (T21). But all that rain made TPC Craig Ranch far more gettable than I thought it would.

  • Top10s: 11 for 40 (7 Top5s, 4 other Top10)
  • Winners: 0 for 19 events

And perhaps all that rain played into K.H. Lee's hands. While there were a number of low scores, they all came from guys who were too far back to catch Lee if he put up a decent score... which he did.

Meanwhile, the guys closest to him -- Sam Burns, Charl Schwartzel and Jordan Spieth -- were unable to keep pace with Lee's steady march to victory. There were only three scores better than his 66 on Sunday, and none of them came from these three.

Despite the horrible conditions -- and the two-hour break that left him to deal with his own thoughts and fears -- Lee seemed calm and composed, especially after he bogeyed the 16th when the break ended. He had no trouble posting birdies on both the 17th and 18th holes, widening his lead to win by three.

Lee now sets his sights on next week's PGA Championship... but hopefully he'll spare a few moments during his celebrations to enjoy his first ever Limerick Summary.

The rains didn’t dampen Lee’s drive—
He showed what it means to survive!
While others slogged on
Until all hope was gone,
Lee’s lead grew till vict’ry arrived!

The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

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