Aaron Wise Runs and Hides in Final Round Of Byron Nelson Classic

Coming into the final round, Aaron wise and Marc Leishman were tied at 17-under.   Wise was looking for his first win at 21 years old, which would make him the youngest winner ever on tour.   Aaron would shoot a final round 6- under to win by 3 strokes over Marc Leishman on a day that saw a 4 hour weather delay along with four 7-under rounds, two 8-under rounds, and 9-under round.

 

This was the first time this course hosted the Byron Nelson and although it was a beautiful course, it was benign at best in its play.  It just did not put up much of a fight all week.  The lowest 4 round score recorded prior to this season was 19-under and this year Wise destroyed that number.   Actually, a total of 5 players finished at 19-under or better.

Aaron Wise is a rookie but he has won at every level.  He was the NCAA National Champion in 2016 at Oregon.  He has victories that same year on the McKenzie Tour, followed by the Web.com tour last year and now the PGA Tour in 2018.

His final round today consisted of a bogey free final round and had birdied 6 holes in a 7 hole stretch.  He was calm cool and collected.

Aaron said afterward,” It was a dream come true to win this one.”  “I felt oddly calm all day long.”  “I was actually more nervous yesterday.”

Marc Leishman played well all week, but he ran into a buzzsaw in Wise.  Leishman had the lead early on in the tournament with his best ever score of 61 in the first round..

Wise was part of a group at 6-under, just 3 strokes behind Leishman after the round 1 and he used that great start to keep him close until round 3 where they finished tied.  It was at that point, that Wise picked up his toys and decided he did not want to play with the rest of the kids.

The leaderboard was littered with big names including Jimmy Walker, Kevin Na, Charles Howell III and Adam Scott all in the top 9.   Both Jimmy Walker and Adam Scott were tied for 9th and finished with 15-under 4 day total.   Most years, those totals would have those players within a couple shots, this year they finished 8 back of the lead.

  1. Aaron Wise 23-under
  2. Marc Leishman 20-under
  3. Branden Grace 19-under. 9-under final round
  4. Kevin Mitchell 19-under
  5. JJ Spaun 19-under
  6. Ryan Blaum 16-under
  7. Kevin Na 16-under
  8. Jimmy Walker 16-under
  9. Charles Howell III 15-under
  10. Adam Scott 15-under
  11. Kevin Tway 15-under

Check out the remaining leaderboard here.

Author: Jhavelka