Sergio Garcia Takes Home the AT&T Byron Nelson for Win Number Nine
Another weekend has come and gone and another winner has been crowned. Sergio Garcia reigned victorious at the AT&T Byron Nelson after a playoff against Brooks Koepka. Garcia’s final round for the tournament was a 2-under-par 68, enough to force the playoff after Koepka finished the day with a 1-over-par 71. Koepka’s second place finish came at his own demise as he hooked his tee-shot on the playoff hole left and landed it in the water. Koepka would go on to double-bogey the hole, leaving the door wide open for Garcia to secure his first win in his past 60 starts on the PGA Tour.
With his second win at the AT&T Byron Nelson, Garcia has etched his name into PGA Tour history, right next to Seve Ballesteros. Garcia joins Ballesteros as the only two Spanish-born players to win nine PGA Tour events.
Garcia, who hadn’t won on the PGA Tour since 2012, didn’t necessarily have the best of days carding six birdies to four bogeys, but if you told him that I’m sure he’d chuckle and show you the trophy to say otherwise.
On the note of days, Jordan Spieth had one to forget. Spieth’s struggles with his driver compounded as he finished tied for 18th. A 4-over-par 74 was the result for Spieth’s final round, and as I was watching the coverage on CBS earlier, he seemed to either be inside his own head or he was just having an off day. Either way Spieth will have to wait another year to beat his best finish at the AT&T Byron Nelson.
His best finish to date? Tied for 16th in 2010 as a 16-year-old.
Next week, the PGA Tour heads about 40 minutes west of Irving, Texas to the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas for the Dean and Deluca Invitational. Chris Kirk, the winner in 2015, will look to brush off a withdrawal at the Players Championship and defend his title.