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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 fifth.

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 closing 64.

"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.

05/24 19:13:12 ET

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