Weekly Recap: Victory for Lee

Weekly Recap: Victory for Lee

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As the final group in the AT&T Byron Nelson walked up the 18th fairway and onto the green on Sunday, the CBS cameras focused on the great veteran K.J. Choi. And next to him was the tournament's defending champion, Sung Kang. They were there to witness and to congratulate their countryman, K.H. Lee, who was about to win on the PGA Tour for the first time.

A number of South Korean golfers are based in the Dallas area, and they have been hogging the winner's circle at the Byron Nelson in recent years.

Lee overtook Sam Burns on the front nine and cruised to victory to join Kang and Sangmoon Bae (2013) as Korean champions of this event. All three won it at different courses: Bae at TPC Four Seasons, Kang at Trinity Ranch and Lee at TPC Craig Ranch, which hosted the Byron Nelson for the first time.

Afterward, a jubilant Lee spoke with Amanda Balionis and was clearly thrilled, remarking, "I can't believe it," that he was "very, very happy" and that the win was "perfect for me."

The 29-year-old won in his 80th PGA Tour appearance, and it opened up an entryway to all sorts of perks, beginning with a berth in the PGA Championship this week. He finished second at Phoenix earlier this season, so perhaps what we are seeing is a golfer finding his footing on Tour, and in a foreign country. He is now ranked 59th in the world.

Of course,

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Len Hochberg
Len Hochberg has covered golf for RotoWire since 2013. A veteran sports journalist, he was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years. He was named 2020 "DFS Writer of the Year" by the FSWA and was nominated for the same award in 2019.
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