K.H. Lee Rewrites History At AT&T Byron Nelson

Published 05/17/2021, 10:30 AM EDT
May 16, 2021; McKinney, Texas, USA; K.H. Lee celebrates his tournament win with the winners trophy following the final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports


The AT&T Byron Nelson concluded on Sunday after four days of exciting action. Sam Burns played beautifully at TPC Craig Ranch, but K.H. Lee displayed solid golf under harsh conditions to run away with the victory. Lee also accomplished a major feat by winning the AT&T Byron Nelson 2021. 

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The TPC Craig Ranch proved to be a golfer’s paradise in the first three rounds. The greens were exquisite and the wind made it even more playable. There was an abundance of low-scoring rounds, but Round 2 was massively hindered by inclement weather. 

However, the rain didn’t stop K.H. Lee from scoring effectively in the final round. He shot a 6-under 66 on Sunday and improved his aggregate to 263. This number is quite incredible and implies that Lee has been massively consistent throughout the tournament. 

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May 15, 2021; McKinney, Texas, USA; K.H. Lee putts on the first green during the third round of the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

65, 65, 67, and 66. These were the numbers K.H. Lee posted in each of his four rounds. His 263 aggregate over the week is the lowest at the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament since 1983!

Lee went 25-under par and shattered the tournament’s scoring record. The previous record stood at 23-under par, and K.H. Lee bettered it by two strokes. It is incredible to know that he achieved it despite the pouring rain on Sunday!

 K.H. Lee is the third South Korean champion at AT&T Byron Nelson

The AT&T Byron Nelson is a popular tournament on the tour and it has a rich history with South Koreans. Sung Kang won the tournament by going 23-under par in 2019, and K.H. Lee has followed in his compatriot’s footsteps. 

Kang became the second consecutive South Korean to win the AT&T Byron Nelson, and the third overall. The first one to do it was Sangmoon Bae in 2013

It is indeed an incredible achievement for K.H. Lee and the whole of South Korea. Moreover, Kang also became the eighth South Korean to win on the PGA Tour with his latest triumph. Lee had 79 unsuccessful starts prior to the AT&T Byron Nelson, but he held together his confidence and delivered when it mattered. 

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Lee played solid golf amid treacherous conditions on Sunday. He more than deserves the AT&T Byron Nelson title for his final round heroics alone! 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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