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McKINNEY, Texas — Jason Day won his first PGA Tour event in five years on Sunday, shooting a 9-under 62 for a one-shot victory over Austin Eckroat and Si Woo Kim at the AT&T Byron Nelson.
Day, who has won 105 since 2018 at Wells Fargo, took his first outright lead at 20-under when he chipped in for a thick chip on the par-4 12th against hometown favorite Scotty Scheffler.
It was the second-toughest hole of the week after Nelson’s turn at TPC Craig Ranch, about 30 miles north of Dallas.
Playing on Mother’s Day, a year after losing his mother to cancer, he ended his winning streak the week before the PGA Championship and finished at 23 under.
The only major of the 35-year-old Australian’s 13 wins was the 2015 PGA. Day’s first career PGA Tour victory came at Nelson in 2010.
Citi Pan shot a career-low 62 on the back nine with two eagles at 21-under 263, driving the green on the par-4 14th and making a 24-foot putt. An eagle on the par-5 18th put him within a shot of the day.
Scheffler finished in 20 with a final-round 65 after 18, and a day earlier his second shot hit the lip of a fairway bunker and stayed on his way to bogey.
Ryan Palmer, a 46-year-old Texan who lives not far from Craig Ranch, shot a 68 after Phil Mickelson won the 2021 PGA with a 50, and is four shots behind in his pursuit of four PGA Tour wins.
With the heaviest rain coming down at the end of the final round outside the rain, Day holed his approach on the 18th by 3 feet. Kim’s short birdie putt forced him to simply tap the date before greeting his children and wife, who are expecting their fifth child.
Kim, who shot a 63, was 22 under with Eckroat and was trying to make it four consecutive South Korean wins in Nelson. Two-time defending champion KH Lee finished 11 over after a 67, his best round of the week.
Sung Kang was the 2019 winner. Nelson was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Seeking his first tour win, the 24-year-old rookie acrobat was two shots back on the 18th fairway, but his approach landed 68 feet short of the pin. Eagle’s bid was 6 feet short when Eckroat was caught for 65.
China’s Marty Du, playing on his home course and looking for his first tour win, shot a 67 to finish 20 over. They were the first two to get that low before the double bogey on No. 8.
Scheffler, who could have passed Jon Rahm at No. 1, joined Tyrrell Hutton at No. 20 as the second-ranked player in the world rankings at No. 17 in Nelson Field.