The CJ Cup Byron Nelson Recap

McKinney, Texas – In a wild finish on the 72nd hole, Taylor Pendrith is a PGA Tour winner for the first time.  Greeted by his wife and young son after the final putt dropped, Taylor was happy he could win in front of his family and celebrate the win with them.

Looking at the leaderboard, you may not recognize many names but there was a plethora of strong competition at TPC Craig Ranch this week.  Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Bill Haas, Cameron Champ, and Kevin Kisner were among notables who missed the low cut of seven under par.  The cut number was low because the course is so forgiving and has little defense for pros at this level.  It was evident by the average scores as well as the low round of the week that was posted by Troy Merritt who carded eight birdies and an eagle in his second round on Friday.

The final round on Sunday was filled with birdies (and a few eagles).  Despite not having a share of the 54 hole lead, Ben Kohles carded six birdies in his first 17 holes to grab the lead all by himself.  Pendrith started off as the 54 hole leader but after only managing four birdies and one bogey across his first twelve holes, he quickly fell behind his playing partner.  It all came down to the final hole.  The par five 18th saw Ben Kohles with a one shot lead over Taylor.  Unfortunately for Ben he missed a five footer to save par while Taylor made a two putt birdie after getting on the green in two.  Taylor bent over as soon as the putt dropped in disbelief that he won.

Taylor Pendrith is not a household name just yet but he isn’t new to professional golf.  Taylor is a Canadien born golfer who turned pro in 2014 earning status on PGA Tour Canada and in the coming years, the Web.com Tour.  Initially, he never made much of his opportunities but finally broke through with a few PGA Tour Canada wins in late 2019.  This propelled him to earn PGA Tour status after the 2021 season and finishing second at the 2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic.  All of this helped prepared him for today.

With the win, Taylor moves to 34th in FedEx Cup standings as well as earning fully exempt status through 2026 on the PGA Tour.  Next week, the PGA Tour heads over to Quail Hollow for the Wells Fargo Championship.

Taylor Pendrith’s Winning What’s In The Bag:

Driver: Ping G430 LST 9 degrees (Accra TZ Six ST)

3-wood: Ping G430 Max 15 degrees (Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green 80 6.5 TX)

7-wood: Ping G425 Max 20.5 degrees (Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green 90 6.5 TX)

Irons: Srixon ZX (2, 3) (Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black 6.5); Srixon ZX7 Mk II (4-9) (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100)

Wedges: Cleveland RTX 6 Tour Rack (46-10 Mid, 52-10 Mid, 56-10 Mid, 60-9 Full) (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100)

Putter: Odyssey Jailbird Versa

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