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With a 4-Stroke Lead, Sung Kang Listed as Favorite to Win 2019 AT&T Byron Nelson After Two Rounds

Chris Amberley

by Chris Amberley in Golf

Updated Apr 20, 2020 · 8:23 PM PDT

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Sung Kang holds a four-stroke lead heading into the third round of the AT&T Byron Nelson. Photo from @GolfHub24 (Twitter)
  • Sung Kang holds a four stroke lead after 36 holes at the AT&T Byron Nelson
  • Kang fired a course record tying 61 in round 2 and is searching for his first PGA Tour win
  • See the updated live odds entering Saturday at the AT&T Byron Nelson

The 2019 AT&T Byron Nelson was expected to be a birdie fest, and through two rounds it hasn’t disappointed. Sung Kang carded 10 birdies en route to a course-record tying 61 Friday, and has a four-shot lead heading into the weekend.

Pre-tournament favorite Brooks Koepka is the biggest name within striking distance, sitting five shots back, and looks ready to defend his PGA Championship title next week.

Live 2019 AT&T Byron Nelson Odds

Golfer Position Score Rounds Odds
Sung Kang 1 -16 65, 61 +140
Matt Every T-2 -12 65, 65 +1600
Tyler Duncan T-2 -12 64, 66 +1800
Brooks Koepka 4 -11 65, 66 +275
Rory Sabbatini 5 -10 67, 65 +1600
Martin Laird T-6 -9 67, 66 +3500
Beau Hossler T-6 -9 67, 66 +3300
Roberto Diaz T-6 -9 66, 67 +8000
Michael Thompson 9 -8 66, 68 +3300
Jordan Spieth T-10 -7 68, 67 +3000
Matt Jones T-10 -7 65, 70 +5000
Sebastian Munoz T-10 -7 69, 66 +15000
Jonas Blixt T-10 -7 65, 70 +8000
Doug Ghim T-10 -7 69, 66 +25000
Henrik Stenson T-17 -6 67, 69 +5000

*Odds taken May 10 at 9pm EST

The Top of the Board

Kang’s statistics through the first two rounds are off the charts. He ranks first in the field in ball striking, approach, strokes gained tee-to-green and third in putting.

He’s trying to become the ninth first-time winner on tour this season, and this isn’t the first time he’s held a sizeable lead after 36 holes.

Two years ago at the Shell Houston Open, he was six shots clear of the field after two rounds before stumbling on the weekend and losing by three to Russell Henley.

His play so far justifies his +140 price tag, but there’s no way I can pay that given he was 100-1 before the tournament started.

Brooks is a Bad Man

I’ll also be passing on Koepka, but fading him is much scarier give his Major Championship pedigree. Brooks is crushing the ball off the tee this week and ranks top-10 in ball striking, putting and strokes gained total through 36 holes.

Many questioned his motivation with the PGA Championship looming next week, but so far this week he looks like one of the game’s elite players. He’s got as good a shot as any to catch Kang, but +275 is an absurd price to lay given he’s five shots back.

Best Live Value Picks at The AT&T Byron Nelson

  1. Rory Sabbatini (+1600): His game is the best it’s been in a long time, and he’s quietly reeled off three top-20 finishes in his last five events. He ranks top-5 in strokes gained tee-to-green and approach this week, and has made just one bogey through 36 holes.
  2. Beau Hossler (+3300): Playing on his home course, he’s having his best ball striking performance since the Genesis back in February. He’s one of the better putters on tour and if he can continue to pepper greens, he’s got as good a shot as anyone to go really low.
  3. Henrik Stenson (+5000): He’s one of the class players in the field, and would be much closer to the leaders if not for a shaky putter. He ranks fifth in strokes gained tee-to-green, but 106th in putting through 36 holes. His irons are dialed in as usual, and if he can figure out the flat stick he’ll surge up the leaderboard.
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