Dallas — Sung Kang was a teenager when his father started sending him from South Korea to North Texas in the winters and summers to work on his golf game.
The 31-year-old Kang, who now lives in the area while playing on the PGA Tour, got to call his father Sunday to tell him, "I did it," after his getting his first victory in his 159th career start.
Kang closed the Byron Nelson with a 4-under 67 to finish at 23 under and beat Matt Every and Scott Piercy by two strokes.
With three consecutive birdies late, including a 23-footer on the 15th hole, Kang finally regained the lead for good on a 27-hole Mother's Day Sunday at Trinity Forest — about 30 minutes from his home in Coppell, where he has lived since his PGA Tour debut in 2011.
"It just feels amazing. I was thinking about winning on the PGA Tour when I was real young and watching Tiger dominating," Kang said. "My dad gave me a lot of support when I was young."
Kang pumped his fist when the birdie dropped in at No. 15, making for a two-stroke swing. Every, who started that 431-yard par 4 tied for the lead, was in the middle of the fairway before what he called "just a terrible shot" on his approach that set up a three-putt for bogey.
"I watched him for 72 holes. He didn't miss. Hard to beat," Every said.
Every finished with a 66. Piercy, also in the final threesome, ended a bogey-free tournament with a 64.
Twice over the last two days, Every overcame deficits of at least four strokes and went ahead of Kang. They played together all four rounds.
"First two rounds, we're not playing to win. We're just making birdies back and forth, and back and forth. Just getting great momentum," said Kang, who matched the course record with a 61 in the second round Friday. "Then Saturday and Sunday, it's going. ... He played great on the front nine. I played great on the back nine."
Brooks Koepka, the world's No. 3-ranked player who now goes to Bethpage to defend his PGA Championship title, finished fourth at the Nelson at 20 under after a 68.
"Sometimes you just get beat. That happened this week," Koepka said. "Played good. I like my chances next week. I feel like I'm striking it well, putting it really well. ... It was important going into next week."
Koepka has also won the last two U.S. Opens since his last previous appearance at the Nelson, in 2017 when the tournament was last played TPC Four Seasons.
Jordan Spieth, a member at the links-style course south of downtown Dallas, shot a 71 to tie for 29th at 11 under. His best Nelson finish is still a tie for 16th in 2010 when he played in the tournament for the first time as a 16-year-old amateur on a sponsor exemption.
Spieth is still without a top-20 finish in his 13 starts this season. He last won at the 2017 British Open, his third major victory.
"I putted really well this week, drove the ball a little better," Spieth said. "Just trying to tighten everything up a little bit. Today's round wasn't great, but overall pretty solid week."
Marcus Kinhult birdied the final two holes to claim his first European Tour title after a tense finish to the British Masters at Southport, England.
Kinhult shot a 2-under 72 and finished on 16-under 272 overall.
His chance looked to have gone when he surrendered a one-shot lead with bogeys on the 15th and 16th, but the 22-year-old Swede recovered to finish a shot ahead of defending champion Eddie Pepperell (66), Matt Wallace (71) and Robert MacIntyre (68).
Pepperell had set the clubhouse target on 15 under before MacIntyre produced a stunning eagle-birdie finish to join him at the top of the leaderboard.
A four-man playoff looked on the cards when Kinhult birdied the 17th and playing partner Wallace missed from four feet, but after Wallace also missed for birdie on the last, Kinhult holed from 12 feet to seal a remarkable win.
“I’m speechless, I don’t know what happened the last two holes,” Kinhult said. “There’s a lot going through my mind, a lot of emotions and I am just so happy that I managed to handle those pretty well.”
Tommy Fleetwood, who hosted the tournament at Hillside in his home town of Southport in northern England, was tied for eighth after a 1-over 73.
The final round of the Regions Tradition had barely started when it was suspended because of thunderstorms. After more than four hours of steady rain, the final round was delayed until Monday morning.
Steve Stricker had a two-stroke lead at 14-under 202. Two-time Tradition winner Bernhard Langer, David Toms and Billy Andrade were tied for second.
The course was deluged by nearly an inch of rain Sunday morning.