May 17th, 2021
K H Lee wins rain-soaked Byron Nelson
South Korean books his place at the Kiawah with his first PGA Tour win
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A final round six-under 66 gave the 29-year-old Lee a twenty-five-under-par total and a three shot victory over Sam Burns who had led going into Sunday's round.
Burns finished on twenty-two-under, one shot ahead of South African Charl Schwartzel and fellow countrymen, Daniel Berger, Patton Kizzire and Scott Stallings. Joseph Bramlett and Troy Merritt finished two shots further back on nineteen-under.
The squeegees were out in force as the leaders battled the elements down the stretch before lightning forced a delay in proceedings. Play resumed some two and a half hours later and although Lee saw his lead cut to two after bogeying the 16th hole, he bounced back with birdies at the last two holes to secure the victory.
"Long day for me, I think everybody," said Lee, who was congratulated fellow South Korean K.J. Choi as he left the 18th green. "I mean, but I just try keep patient and positive thinking."
Jordan Speith, who started the day three back of Burns, came up short again at his hometown event. Spieth shot a final round 71 to finish in a tie for ninth at eighteen-under.
"Coming into the week if you told me top 10, I would probably take it," said Spieth after his first outing since finishing third at the Masters and testing positive for Covid-19.
"I didn't know where anything stood. It's always a long week. It's such a fun week, and then at the end, I'm pretty excited to go to the next one because -- which obviously is now a major championship."