Sabbatini goes low to win Byron Nelson|
Irving, TX (Sports Network) - Rory Sabbatini grabbed the lead for good with a
birdie on the 11th hole Sunday, but needed four more birdies to secure his win
at the Byron Nelson Championship.
Sabbatini closed with a six-under 64 to finish with a 72-hole scoring record
of 19-under-par 261. He bested the old mark of 262, which Loren Roberts and
Steve Pate set in 1999.
The win was Sabbatini's fifth on the PGA Tour and he is now 4-4 in eight
chances when holding a piece of the 54-hole lead.
"It is a good feeling obviously winning anything associated with Lord Byron
Nelson. A good friend of mine is going through some hard times right now and
it kind of puts everything else perspective," said Sabbatini, who earned $1.17
million for the win.
Brian Davis pushed Sabbatini to the end as he also closed with a 64 to take
second at 17-under-par 263.
D.A. Points secured his best PGA Tour finish with a five-under 65 Sunday. He
ended alone in third at 16-under-par 264. Scott McCarron (62) and Dustin
Johnson (66) tied for fourth at 15-under 265.
John Mallinger, who shared the lead with Sabbatini entering the final round,
managed an even-par 70 to end alone in sixth at minus-13 at the TPC Four
Seasons Resort Las Colinas.
Mallinger opened bogey-birdie-bogey to fall out of a share of the lead and he
never recovered as he parred 13 straight holes after making birdie on the
Sabbatini birdied the fourth to get into red figures and made it two in a row
with a kick-in birdie on the par-three fifth. He led by two at that point, but
tripped to a bogey on the sixth.
The 33-year-old South African recovered that lost stroke with a seven-foot
birdie putt on the par-five seventh. Sabbatini parred three in a row from the
eighth and was caught by Davis.
Davis ran home four birdies in a five-hole span to jump to 15-under. Sabbatini
regained the lead with a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-four 11th, but he had
more to worry about than just Davis.
McCarron ran off five birdies on the front nine before tripping to a bogey on
11. He erased that mistake with a birdie at the 13th. McCarron, a three-time
winner on the PGA Tour, birdied the final three holes to get into the
clubhouse at minus-15, one behind Sabbatini.
Sabbatini responded to the pressure with four more birdies. He sank a seven-
foot birdie effort on 13 and a six-footer on 15 to move to 18-under.
After Davis jumped within one thanks to an eagle on 16, Sabbatini two-putted
for birdie from the fringe on 16, then sank an eight-foot birdie try on 17 to
move three clear of the field.
He stumbled to a bogey at the last, but he still earned his fifth PGA Tour
title and the tournament scoring record. With the victory, Sabbatini became
the 14th person to have won Nelson's and Ben Hogan's (Colonial) tournaments.
"Two of the greatest names in golf. You know what, that's pretty amazing and
that is something you can never have taken away from you and I can always
cherish," Sabbatini said.
Davis took second for the third time in his PGA Tour career thanks to his
"It happened to me at St. Jude a couple years ago. I shot a low one and got
bumped out there just at the end. I can't do anymore than that," explained
Davis, who lost to Woody Austin in 2007 at the St. Jude Championship as Austin
closed with a 62. "I got it together on the back nine and gave it a good push,
but unfortunately Rory had a really good day today."
John Senden also closed with a 64 to take seventh place at 12-under-par 268.
Jeff Maggert (67), Briny Baird (69), Marc Leishman (68) and U.S. Presidents
Cup captain Fred Couples (67) shared eighth at minus-11.
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