S. Korean Kang grabs first Tour win

The Tribune (SLO) - - Weather & Sports - BY STEPHEN HAWKINS


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.”

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