Wise wins 2018 AT&T Byron Nelson PGA Tour Event

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  • Author: Akhil Patel
  • GLT Content Writer & Developer
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Aaron Wise wins

Aaron Wise, a 21-year old rookie, just won his first PGA Tour event by destroying the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament scoring record. Wise shot a 65 in the final round of the tournament and beat Tour veteran Marc Leishman, by three strokes. Wise became the first player to finish the Byron Nelson at 20 under or better.

This all played out after a 4-hour rain delay, which did not seem to affect the rookie mentally. Wise stayed focused and locked in throughout the day and delivered a performance that ultimately led to victory.

Meanwhile, hometown star Jordan Spieth wasn’t able to replicate the performance of his first start as an amateur at the AT&T Byron Nelson. Spieth (WGR No. 3, the highest ranked player in the tournament) shot 67 to finish -11, tied for 21st.

 

Aaron Wise wins 2018
Aaron Wise addresses the crowd at the 2018 AT&T Byron Nelson.

Make no mistake, despite it being his first season on the PGA Tour, Aaron Wise is no stranger to success. Wise won the 2016 NCAA Individual Championship as a sophomore at the University of Oregon. Casey Martin, the Oregon Ducks head golf coach, is a huge reason why Wise is playing at his current level.

Casey Martin is largely known to Tour fans for his legal battle with the PGA Tour in 2001. Martin was diagnosed with a rare disorder called Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber Syndrome, a condition that leads to vein malformations along with an overgrowth of soft tissues and bones, among other complications. For Martin, these were mostly present in his right leg, affecting his ability to get around the golf course.

Martin needed to use a cart to travel around the course, and the PGA Tour did not allow it until he opened a court case against them in 1997. After a long battle, the case was taken to the Supreme Court, with the final ruling announced in Martin’s favor.

Martin’s health battles had a tremendous effect on his coaching philosophy. His team activities and drills revolve around high pressure situations and building team camaraderie. Exactly as we preach in our GLT College Coaching Workshops, as well as our GLT Mental Performance Workshops and Seminars, he believes that his players need to face adversity in order to truly live up to their potential.

As a result, Aaron Wise was unflustered all weekend, and won the AT&T Byron Nelson PGA Tour event in only his 26th start.

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2018 Byron Nelson