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Lee Beats Spieth by 1 Stroke to Repeat as Champion in 68th AT&T Byron Nelson

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K.H. Lee simply repeated himself in the AT&T Byron Nelson.

The 30-year-old Lee fired a bogey-free, 8-under-par 63 to win the 68th version of the tournament by one stroke over local favorite Jordan Spieth at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas.

Lee joined Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus and Sam Snead as back-to-back winners of the AT&T Byron Nelson, which was first played in 1944, when Nelson was the winner.

“Last year I missed the cut at the PGA Championship,” said Lee, who claimed his sixth victory as a pro and second on the PGA Tour. “So my first goal is next week play well (in the PGA at Southern Hills), hopefully make the cut. This helps. This is really good. Hopefully, the rest of this season will be better than last year.

“This feels like a dream again, like last year. I’ve struggled with my game the past couple of months and I’ve had no top-10s this year, but when I’m here I’m more comfortable and more confident. I’ve tried my best and maybe being here has helped me.

“It’s an amazing feeling, with my family and my wife and my daughter (here), it’s amazing, really.”

Lee, who won four times in Asia and beat Sam Burns by three strokes in the 2021 AT&T Byron Nelson, collected seven birdies including four on the first six holes and hit a brilliant 240-yard approach shot to set up a five-foot eagle putt at No. 12 while recording a score of 26-under 262.

His tap-in birdie on the last hole gave him a two-shot lead and clinched the victory.

The eight-ranked Spieth, who won the RBC Heritage in his last start for his 15th PGA Tour victory, made his eighth birdie on the last hole in a 67, but it was too little and too late, in part because of a three-putt bogey at No. 10.

“It was a good week, good momentum into (the PGA) next week, my last two starts being a win and a second,” said Spieth, who has won the other three majors and will make his fifth attempt to complete the Career Grand Slam at Southern Hills.

“But this one will sting just a little bit just looking back on the day. But I played the holes from (No. 10)  exactly how they were supposed to be played, grabbed three more birdies and it just wasn’t quite good enough.”

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, the 2021 Masters champion who is ranked 11th, made six birdies on the front nine and sank a six-foot eagle putt on the last hole to cap a 62 and was two shots back in a tie for third with Sebastian Munoz, who led for much of the first three rounds before closing with a 69.

Tenth-ranked Xander Schauffele of la Jolla and San Diego State, the Olympic Gold Medalist, carded a career-best, bogey-free 61 that included a 97-yard hole-out for eagle on the sixth hole and nine birdies to wind up three down in a tie for fifth with ninth-ranked Justin Thomas, who had three birdies on each nine in a 67, and Ryan Palmer, who had seven birdies in a 67.

Charl Schwartzel of South Africa, the 2011 Masters champion, closed with a 67 to finish four strokes behind in solo eighth, while Peter Malnati had four birdies down the stretch to complete a 66 and was five back in a tie for ninth with Davis Riley, who birdied the last hole for a 67, and James Hahn of Alameda and Cal, who also birdied the last hole for a 69.

Top-ranked Scottie Scheffler shot 69 to tie for 15th, 16th-ranked Joaquin Niemann of Chile stumbled to a 74 and tied for 25th, and 12th-ranked Dustin Johnson tied for 59th following a 73.

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Munoz Leads Spieth by 1 Shot Going to Final Round of 68th AT&T Byron Nelson

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Sebastian Munoz of Colombia didn’t lose his place atop the leaderboard.

The 29-year-old Munoz, who has been in the lead most of the way since opening with a tournament record 12-under-par 60, shot 66 and will take a one-stroke lead over ninth-ranked Jordan Spieth into the final round of the 68th AT&T Byron Nelson at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas.

Munoz, who holed a 57-foot bunker shot for an eagle on the sixth hole, added five birdies and took his only bogey at No. 16 while recording a 54-hole total of 21-under 195.

Spieth, a native of Dallas who played at the University of Texas, made five birdies on the front nine and added four more coming home against a single bogey on the 15th hole in a 64.

“It’s great to have a chance to win in  my hometown because my Dad was taking me out to this tournament since I was about 5-years-old,” said Spieth, who claimed the 15th PGA Tour victory of his career in his last start in the RBC Heritage. “Playing at home certainly is exciting and gets my blood flowing.

“It’s weird to shoot 67-65-64 and be behind, but that’s what this course is giving us this week. After taking a few weeks off, you never know how long it’s going to take to get your game back on track, but it’s nice to be in the mix and have a chance to win  tomorrow.”  

Joaquin Niemann of Chile carded a second straight 65 that included eight birdies and is two shots back in solo third, while James Hahn of Alameda and Cal sank a seven-foot eagle putt on the 12th hole, added 10 birdies in a bogey-free 61 and is three behind in a tie for fourth with eight-ranked Justin Thomas, who carded a bogey-free 64.

“I was just having fun out there,” said Hahn, who has won twice on the PGA Tour, but not since the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship. “I hit the ball well the first two days, but didn’t make any putts, and then today everything was going in.

“It feels good and I’m happy about the way I’m playing, but I’m not taking it for granted because it’s been a bit of a struggle for me the last couple of years. I’m just trying to stay in the moment and enjoy it without thinking too much.”

Defending champion K.H. Lee of South Korea birdied the last hole for a 67 and is four strokes behind in a tie for sixth with Charl Schwartzel of South Africa, who birdied the last hole to cap a 68, and 36-hole co-leader Ryan Palmer, who finished at 70.

Top-ranked Scottie Scheffler, another Texan who has won four times this season including the Masters, made seven birdies in a 65 and is five shots behind in a tie for ninth with Davis Riley, who put up a second straight 64, and Beau Hossler of Rancho Santa Margarita, who had three birdies on each nine in a 67.

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, the 2021 Masters champion who is ranked 13th, is tied for 18th after a 69, 11th-ranked Dustin Johnson shot 66 and is tied for 21st, and 12th-ranked Xander Schauffele, the Olympic Gold Medalist from La Jolla and San Diego State, is tied for 30th following a bogey-free 65.

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