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AT&T Byron Nelson 2018

DATES: May 17-20
SITE: Trinity Forest Golf Club, Dallas
PRIZE MONEY: $7,500,000

Round 4 - Aaron Wise claims first PGA title

May 20, 2018

Aaron Wise claimed his first US PGA Tour title Sunday, firing six birdies in a six-under 66 to win the Byron Nelson by three strokes over Australian Marc Leishman.

The 21-year-old, who started the day tied for the lead with Leishman, took full advantage of the ideal scoring conditions that prevailed at Trinity Forest when play finally got underway after a four-hour weather delay.

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In the tournament's first edition at the new par-71 layout south of Dallas, Wise's 23-under par total of 261 crushed the previous scoring record of 19-under 261 set by Rory Sabbatini at the par-70 TPC Four Seasons in Irving in 2009.

Trinity Forest, a links-style layout with neither tress nor water hazards, offered up a birdie bonanza when softened by rain.

Wise joined the action with back-to-back birdies at the fourth and fifth.

He then birdied four in a row from the seventh through the 10th to set himself up for a march to victory on the back nine -- where one of the most pressing questions he faced was whether he would be able to finish the round before darkness fell.

Leishman, who launched the week with a career-best 61, just couldn't keep pace.

The 34-year-old, seeking a third US PGA Tour title, had an eagle and four birdies but tossed in three bogeys that doomed his bid.

Leishman signed for a three-under par 68 that put him alone in second on 264.

"It's awesome," said Wise, who was coming off a career-best PGA Tour finish of second two weeks ago at Quail Hollow which he said gave him "just a ton of self-belief".

"I felt oddly calm all day long," added Wise, the 2016 NCAA collegiate champion who was making his 18th tour start as a member. "And to play as good as I did, bogey-free, today was awesome."

South African Branden Grace and Americans JJ Spaun and Keith Mitchell shared third on 265.

Grace matched his career best 62 posted at last year's British Open for a 19-under total while Spaun and Mitchell both carded 63s.

Grace had eight birdies and an eagle with one bogey marring his card.

Spaun had eight birdies in his eight-under effort and Mitchell had six birdies and an eagle.

Ryan Blaum got in on the birdie action his six birdies on the front nine including five in a row from the fifth through the ninth. He cooled off with three bogeys and two birdies coming in to card a 66.

His total of 268 left him tied with Kevin Na (68) and Jimmy Walker (67).

Pos.
Player
Nat
Score
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Aaron Wise
USA
-23
65
63
68
65
261
2
Marc Leishman
AUS
-20
61
66
69
68
264
T3
Branden Grace
RSA
-19
66
68
69
62
265
T3
J. J. Spaun
USA
-19
64
69
69
63
265
T3
Keith Mitchell
USA
-19
65
68
69
63
265

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Round 3 - Leishman clinging to lead, joined by Aaron Wise

May 19, 2018

Australian Marc Leishman grinded through and clung to a share of the lead with US rookie Aaron Wise after Saturday's windy third round of the US PGA Byron Nelson tournament.

The 34-year-old Aussie, who won the most recent of his three tour titles at last year's BMW Championship, fired a two-under par 69 to stand alongside 21-year-old Wise on 17-under 196 after 54 holes at the par-71 Trinity Forest layout south of Dallas.

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Leishman opened with a career-best 61 on Thursday but blustery weather kept him fighting just to stay in the front.

"Very different conditions to what it was Thursday afternoon," Leishman said. "The course is firming up. A lot windier. Pretty happy with the way I fought back out there after a slow start."

Leishman's lone bogey came on the par-3 second. He answered with a seven-foot birdie putt at the fourth then caught fire again on the back nine, sinking a nine-foot par putt at 13, a 13-foot birdie putt at the par-5 14th and an 11-foot birdie putt at the 15th.

"You're hitting such different clubs off tees. You just have to adapt to that. I feel like I learned a lot out there and hopefully I can use that to win tomorrow," Leishman said.

"Hopefully I can drive it well. And you've got to hole the putts. Aaron is playing well. Hopefully I'll do my best tomorrow and we'll see what happens."

Wise fired a 68 to grab the first lead or co-lead of his career after 54 holes. He comes off a career-best PGA finish of second two weeks ago at Quail Hollow and he found himself with raised levels of what he wanted Saturday.

"I almost felt like I had expectations," Wise said. "I expected more from myself. Felt like I turned it around. Three-under is a good score around here."

Wise went birdie-bogey twice in the first six holes, then birdied the par-5 seventh and closed the front nine with a 12-foot birdie putt.

After six consecutive pars, Wise dropped his approach inside three feet at the 16th and sank the birdie putt, then dropped another from nine feet at 17 to seize a one-stroke lead. But he closed with another bogey, missing a 10-footer for par, and finished level with Leishman entering the final round.

"To play as well as I did down the stretch (at Quail Hollow) gives me a lot of confidence going into tomorrow," Wise said. "I feel good about it knowing I've been in the situation before."

Aussie Matt Jones, seeking his first top-10 US PGA effort since 2015, and American Kevin Na shared a distant third four strokes adrift on 200 with Americans Brian Gay and Jimmy Walker on 201.

Jones, a 38-year-old Sydneysider, won his only US PGA event in Texas at the 2014 Houston Open. He shot 68 Saturday.

"It's always nice to get into contention," Jones said. "If I play like I did today and it blows again, you never know what can happen.

"I gave myself a lot of birdie putts that didn't go in. If I keep doing that and make some, I'll be a lot closer than I am."

Pos.
Player
Nat
Score
R1
R2
R3
Total
T1
Aaron Wise
USA
-17
65
63
68
196
T1
Marc Leishman
AUS
-17
61
66
69
196
T3
Kevin Na
USA
-13
66
65
69
200
T3
Matt Jones
AUS
-13
67
65
68
200
T5
Brian Gay
USA
-12
67
62
72
201
T5
Jimmy Walker
USA
-12
64
67
70
201
T7
J. J. Spaun
USA
-11
64
69
69
202
T7
Keith Mitchell
USA
-11
65
68
69
202
T7
Kevin Tway
USA
-11
67
65
70
202
T7
Ryan Blaum
USA
-11
66
69
67
202

Round 2 - Marc Leishman leading at 15-under

May 18, 2018

Australian Marc Leishman followed up his career-best 61 with a five-under-par 66 on Friday to stay atop the Byron Nelson leaderboard with a tournament-record 36-hole score of 15-under par 127.

Leishman broke the 36-hole record of 12-under 128 achieved on six prior occasions at the tournament's former home of TPC Four Seasons, including twice by Tiger Woods and most recently by Jason Kokrak last year.

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Leishman fired six birdies with one bogey on the par-71 Trinity Forest course south of downtown Dallas and will take a one-shot lead over US PGA Tour rookie Aaron Wise into the weekend.

Wise jumped up the leaderboard with a 63 for 128, edging ahead of veteran Brian Gay who fired 10 birdies in a nine-under par 62 for 129.

Leishman was delighted to deliver another solid round at Trinity Forest, the first-time host of the tournament held for 35 years in suburban Irving.

"When you shoot a really low one like I did yesterday it's hard to back it up," said Leishman, who had a 15-under-par total of 127 and a two-shot lead with the afternoon starters still on the course.

Leishman teed off on 10 and kick-started his round with a 56-foot birdie putt at the par-three 12th.

"My speed has been really great," said Leishman after enjoying another stellar day on the greens. "Last week at The Players I hit a lot of really good putts that lipped out, and this week they're going in.

"Some weeks you read them really well, and some weeks you're not sure if a 10-footer is slightly uphill or downhill, and that affects your speed and line and everything."

Leishman tapped in for birdie at 14 before a bogey from a greenside bunker at 15.

Coming in, he birdied four of five holes from the first through the fifth, and said he was enjoying the challenge of the links-style Trinity Forest course.

"I enjoy this type of golf, it reminds me of back in Australia," Leishman said. "I like how the ball is running out in the fairways.

"I'm reading the greens well and hitting the ball well. Hopefully I can keep that up over the last two days," added the 34-year-old Aussie, who claimed the most recent of his three US tour titles at the 2017 BMW Championship.

Wise made four birdies in his last seven holes to put himself in position to challenge for a first PGA Tour title.

"First time I've been in the hunt with something to look back to," said Wise, who charged late but came up short at the Wells Fargo this month. "I did great two weeks ago and it's just get it going and feeling good about the game. (I'm) excited to go tee up tomorrow."

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
Today
R1
R2
Total
1
Marc Leishman
AUS
-15
-5
61
66
127
2
Aaron Wise
USA
-14
-8
65
63
128
3
Brian Gay
USA
-13
-9
67
62
129
T4
Eric Axley
USA
-11
-6
66
65
131
T4
Jimmy Walker
USA
-11
-4
64
67
131
T4
Kevin Na
USA
-11
-6
66
65
131
T7
Adam Scott
AUS
-10
-6
67
65
132
T7
Kevin Tway
USA
-10
-6
67
65
132
T7
Martin Piller
USA
-10
-8
69
63
132
T7
Matt Jones
AUS
-10
-6
67
65
132
T7
Vaughn Taylor
USA
-10
-7
68
64
132

Round 1 - Marc Leishman takes lead with 61

May 17, 2018

Marc Leishman fired a career-low 61 to take a three-shot lead at the AT&T Byron Nelson at its new home in Dallas, eight shots clear of hometown star Jordan Spieth.

Leishman opened his round with an eagle and three straight birdies to get to 9-under before firing another eagle at the 14th.

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He had to settle for a 10-foot birdie putt at the par-3 17th for the lowest round of his PGA Tour career and was just one stroke shy of the Byron Nelson record.

''Probably would have been the harshest critic, I think,'' he said. ''I played very well over there. When I got here and saw instantly, you know, was happy that we're here and it's just a cool spot.''

J.J. Spaun and Jimmy Walker sit three shots back at 64. Spaun fired six birdies in seven holes for a 30 on his second nine.

Spieth, who is one of only two world top-10 players in the field, had a frustrating round. He played just three birdies on a day when the course was at its easiest because of calm winds.

''Looking back the last year and a half I've had maybe four, five opportunities where I've actually been in a tournament after the first round which is really frustrating,'' Spieth said. ''Thursdays for whatever reason just haven't been good days for me.''

The forecast for Friday is of stronger winds and temperatures in the mid-90s.

''Looking at the forecast, I don't think that will happen again,'' Spieth said. ''I'm excited there's wind. I wish it was windy every day. I really struggled when there's been no wind compared to the field this year and today was no different.''

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Marc Leishman
AUS
-10
61
T2
J. J. Spaun
USA
-7
64
T2
Jimmy Walker
USA
-7
64
T4
Aaron Wise
USA
-6
65
T4
Abraham Ancer
USA
-6
65
T4
Ethan Tracy
USA
-6
65
T4
Jonathan Byrd
USA
-6
65
T4
Keith Mitchell
USA
-6
65
T4
Peter Uihlein
USA
-6
65
T4
Sam Saunders
USA
-6
65
T4
Tyler Duncan
USA
-6
65

Scores

Pos.
Player
Nat
Score
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Aaron Wise
USA
-23
65
63
68
65
261
2
Marc Leishman
AUS
-20
61
66
69
68
264
T3
Branden Grace
RSA
-19
66
68
69
62
265
T3
J. J. Spaun
USA
-19
64
69
69
63
265
T3
Keith Mitchell
USA
-19
65
68
69
63
265
T6
Jimmy Walker
USA
-16
64
67
70
67
268
T6
Kevin Na
USA
-16
66
65
69
68
268
T6
Ryan Blaum
USA
-16
66
69
67
66
268
T9
Adam Scott
AUS
-15
67
65
72
65
269
T9
Charles Howell III
USA
-15
69
69
65
66
269
T9
Kevin Tway
USA
-15
67
65
70
67
269
12
Brian Gay
USA
-14
67
62
72
69
270
T13
Ethan Tracy
USA
-13
65
72
67
67
271
T13
Matt Jones
AUS
-13
67
65
68
71
271
T13
Rory Sabbatini
RSA
-13
66
70
69
66
271
T16
Bronson Burgoon
USA
-12
69
68
67
68
272
T16
Derek Fathauer
USA
-12
70
67
66
69
272
T16
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-12
72
63
71
66
272
T16
Joel Dahmen
USA
-12
67
68
68
69
272
T16
Russell Knox
SCO
-12
69
69
68
66
272
T21
Billy Horschel
USA
-11
68
69
69
67
273
T21
Jordan Spieth
USA
-11
69
66
71
67
273
T21
Martin Piller
USA
-11
69
63
71
70
273
T21
Peter Uihlein
USA
-11
65
70
69
69
273
T21
Robert Garrigus
USA
-11
66
69
71
67
273
T26
Anirban Lahiri
IND
-10
68
67
72
67
274
T26
J. T. Poston
USA
-10
68
69
68
69
274
T26
Martin Flores
USA
-10
70
67
68
69
274
T26
Parker McLachlin
USA
-10
71
67
70
66
274
T26
Shawn Stefani
USA
-10
68
66
69
71
274
T26
Tyler Duncan
USA
-10
65
73
68
68
274
T32
Beau Hossler
USA
-9
70
68
73
64
275
T32
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
-9
67
71
70
67
275
T32
Cody Gribble
USA
-9
71
67
68
69
275
T32
Fabian Gomez
ARG
-9
69
69
73
64
275
T32
Geoff Ogilvy
AUS
-9
69
67
70
69
275
T32
Johnson Wagner
USA
-9
67
68
71
69
275
T32
Nate Lashley
USA
-9
67
71
73
64
275
T32
Nicholas Lindheim
USA
-9
66
69
68
72
275
T32
Nick Taylor
CAN
-9
69
68
69
69
275
T32
Scott Piercy
USA
-9
70
66
68
71
275
T42
Abraham Ancer
USA
-8
65
69
73
69
276
T42
Andrew Putnam
USA
-8
68
69
74
65
276
T42
Brian Stuard
USA
-8
71
67
71
67
276
T42
Denny McCarthy
USA
-8
71
66
69
70
276
T42
Eric Axley
USA
-8
66
65
77
68
276
T42
J. B. Holmes
USA
-8
69
69
72
66
276
T42
Jonathan Byrd
USA
-8
65
73
70
68
276
T42
Maverick McNealy (a)
USA
-8
68
67
71
70
276
T42
Sam Ryder
USA
-8
70
68
71
67
276
T42
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
-8
68
68
67
73
276
T42
Zac Blair
USA
-8
67
71
68
70
276
T53
Ben Crane
USA
-7
68
68
72
69
277
T53
Corey Conners
CAN
-7
69
69
73
66
277
T53
Patrick Rodgers
USA
-7
67
67
76
67
277
T53
Robert Streb
USA
-7
69
69
75
64
277
T53
Steve Wheatcroft
USA
-7
70
67
71
69
277
T53
Troy Merritt
USA
-7
67
68
70
72
277
T59
Adam Schenk
USA
-6
70
68
71
69
278
T59
Dominic Bozzelli
USA
-6
67
71
71
69
278
T59
Hudson Swafford
USA
-6
70
64
76
68
278
T59
Michael Thompson
USA
-6
71
65
74
68
278
T59
Peter Malnati
USA
-6
69
66
73
70
278
T59
Ryan Armour
USA
-6
66
71
71
70
278
T59
Vaughn Taylor
USA
-6
68
64
73
73
278
T66
Matt Atkins
USA
-5
69
67
71
72
279
T66
Roberto Diaz
MEX
-5
70
68
70
71
279
T66
T. J. Vogel
USA
-5
66
71
73
69
279
69
Sang-Moon Bae
KOR
-4
67
71
70
72
280
T70
Cameron Percy
AUS
-3
67
69
75
70
281
T70
Rod Pampling
AUS
-3
70
68
73
70
281
T70
Tom Lovelady
USA
-3
66
70
74
71
281
73
Brian Davis
ENG
-1
69
68
73
73
283
74
Mark Wilson
USA
1
68
66
80
71
285
75
Robert Allenby
AUS
2
70
67
75
74
286
CUT
Bill Haas
USA
-3
67
72
-
-
139
CUT
Billy Hurley III
USA
-3
67
72
-
-
139
CUT
Brandt Snedeker
USA
-3
67
72
-
-
139
CUT
Brendon de Jonge
ZIM
-3
69
70
-
-
139
CUT
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-3
67
72
-
-
139
CUT
J. J. Henry
USA
-3
69
70
-
-
139
CUT
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
-3
69
70
-
-
139
CUT
John Huh
USA
-3
70
69
-
-
139
CUT
Lanto Griffin
USA
-3
72
67
-
-
139
CUT
Matthew Every
USA
-3
72
67
-
-
139
CUT
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-3
69
70
-
-
139
CUT
Sam Saunders
USA
-3
65
74
-
-
139
CUT
Talor Gooch
USA
-3
67
72
-
-
139
CUT
Zecheng Dou
CHN
-3
69
70
-
-
139
CUT
Alex Cejka
GER
-2
70
70
-
-
140
CUT
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
-2
70
70
-
-
140
CUT
Blayne Barber
USA
-2
72
68
-
-
140
CUT
Brett Stegmaier
USA
-2
71
69
-
-
140
CUT
Carl Pettersson
SWE
-2
68
72
-
-
140
CUT
Chad Campbell
USA
-2
72
68
-
-
140
CUT
Charlie Beljan
USA
-2
70
70
-
-
140
CUT
Conrad Shindler
USA
-2
70
70
-
-
140
CUT
David Berganio
-
-2
72
68
-
-
140
CUT
David Lingmerth
SWE
-2
71
69
-
-
140
CUT
Dicky Pride
USA
-2
73
67
-
-
140
CUT
Harris English
USA
-2
69
71
-
-
140
CUT
Hunter Mahan
USA
-2
70
70
-
-
140
CUT
Kelly Kraft
USA
-2
67
73
-
-
140
CUT
Oliver Goss
AUS
-2
72
68
-
-
140
CUT
Seamus Power
IRL
-2
66
74
-
-
140
CUT
Stephan Jaeger
GER
-2
72
68
-
-
140
CUT
Tim Herron
USA
-2
67
73
-
-
140
CUT
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
-1
71
70
-
-
141
CUT
Andrew Yun
USA
-1
71
70
-
-
141
CUT
Daniel Chopra
SWE
-1
74
67
-
-
141
CUT
Ernie Els
RSA
-1
71
70
-
-
141
CUT
John Merrick
USA
-1
72
69
-
-
141
CUT
John Rollins
USA
-1
70
71
-
-
141
CUT
Jonathan Randolph
USA
-1
72
69
-
-
141
CUT
Ken Duke
USA
-1
70
71
-
-
141
CUT
Matt Kuchar
USA
-1
72
69
-
-
141
CUT
Michael Kim
KOR
-1
72
69
-
-
141
CUT
Rick Lamb
USA
-1
70
71
-
-
141
CUT
Ryan Palmer
USA
-1
68
73
-
-
141
CUT
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-1
72
69
-
-
141
CUT
Steve Marino
USA
-1
70
71
-
-
141
CUT
Stuart Appleby
AUS
-1
71
70
-
-
141
CUT
Will Zalatoris
USA
-1
72
69
-
-
141
CUT
Xinjun Zhang
CHN
-1
69
72
-
-
141
CUT
James Hahn
USA
Par
68
74
-
-
142
CUT
Omar Uresti
USA
Par
72
70
-
-
142
CUT
Rob Oppenheim
USA
Par
73
69
-
-
142
CUT
Angel Cabrera
ARG
1
72
71
-
-
143
CUT
Cameron Beckman
USA
1
69
74
-
-
143
CUT
Cameron Tringale
USA
1
73
70
-
-
143
CUT
D. J. Trahan
USA
1
78
65
-
-
143
CUT
Daniel Summerhays
USA
1
76
67
-
-
143
CUT
George McNeill
USA
1
70
73
-
-
143
CUT
John Senden
AUS
1
72
71
-
-
143
CUT
Kyle Thompson
USA
1
74
69
-
-
143
CUT
Richy Werenski
USA
1
70
73
-
-
143
CUT
Steven Bowditch
AUS
1
75
68
-
-
143
CUT
Steven Ihm
USA
1
73
70
-
-
143
CUT
Tommy Gainey
USA
1
70
73
-
-
143
CUT
Ben Martin
USA
2
73
71
-
-
144
CUT
David Hearn
CAN
2
71
73
-
-
144
CUT
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
2
71
73
-
-
144
CUT
Smylie Kaufman
USA
2
77
67
-
-
144
CUT
Troy Matteson
USA
2
73
71
-
-
144
CUT
Tyrone van Aswegen
RSA
2
76
68
-
-
144
CUT
Greg Chalmers
AUS
3
78
67
-
-
145
CUT
Kris Blanks
USA
3
71
74
-
-
145
CUT
Ryan Baca
USA
3
76
69
-
-
145
CUT
Tom Whitney
USA
4
72
74
-
-
146
CUT
Martin Laird
SCO
5
71
76
-
-
147
CUT
Brendon Todd
USA
6
75
73
-
-
148
CUT
Noah Goodwin
-
6
71
77
-
-
148
CUT
Brian Norman
USA
9
76
75
-
-
151
CUT
David Duval
USA
11
80
73
-
-
153
DSQ
Ricky Barnes
USA
Par
73
72
-
-
145
RET
Grayson Murray
USA
Par
70
-
-
-
70



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