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Sergio Garcia Wins Byron Nelson; Rory Wins Irish Open

Sergio Garcia made a par on the first playoff hole at the Byron Nelson on Sunday to beat Brooks Koepka for his ninth career PGA Tour victory, matching the late Seve Ballesteros for the most by a Spanish-born player.

The 36-year-old Garcia shot 2-under 68, making six birdies and four bogeys, to get to 15-under 265. He was two groups ahead of the final pairing of hometown favorite Jordan Spieth and Koepka, who bogeyed the 14th and 15th holes and just missed a birdie chance at 18.

At the 413-yard 18th again in the playoff, Koepka drove into the water.


Garcia also won the 2004 Nelson and is the first two-time winner in the 34 tournaments since the event moved to TPC Four Seasons in 1983.


Koepka closed with a 71.


It could have pretty easily gone the other way on Sunday for Rory McIlroy. The four-time major winner was seeking a tournament he clearly coveted at the highest level. He went to the 70th hole of the Irish Open at the K Club trailing for what seemed like the first time in forever on the week after making an awful bogey at the par-4 11th. McIlroy was one shot back of Scotsman Russell Knox, who had birdied Nos. 14 and 15.


The tournament was teetering, and everybody (including both of these men) knew it. And that's when Rory McIlroy remembered that he was Rory McIlroy.


He hit a preposterous 270-yard approach shot to 30 feet on No. 16 -- a completely absurd approach given the circumstances (down by one, three holes left and, you know, being 270 yards away). McIlroy talked afterwards about how he wasn't sure he should go for it and didn't know if anyone all week had gone for the 570-yard par-5 in two shots.


It was two putts for birdie for McIlroy as Knox bogeyed it.


The lead was McIlroy's again by one. He made par at the par-4 17th after a birdie putt lipped out. Then, the master stroke on the final hole of the day and tournament.


After a perfect drive on the 18th, McIlroy hit a 253-yard approach to two feet -- eagle and a three-stroke win. 

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