Second- and third-round leader and World No. 202 Sung Kang conjured up an even-par 36-36=72 in today's final round of the Shell Houston Open to settle for solo 2nd on 17-under 271, three adrift of champion and playing competitor Russell Henley, who shot 65, and drops to 0-for-1 from the three-quarter perch.
The 29-year-old came up short of his maiden TOUR title in his 95th career start, but does post a career best. His previous best, and only other podium, was T3 at the 2011 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which came in the final event of his rookie season, 74 starts ago. The South Korean played the Web.com Tour for three seasons, (2013-15), earning his way back to the main stage last year, where he finished 96th in FedExCup points. After opening in 65-63, he led by six, and after 71, still led by three, four clear of Henley. Kang posted week lows in fairways and GIR, with eight (of 14) and 11, respectively, exchanging two birdie-4s with two bogey-4s, playing his inward half in all pars. His previous best at the SHO was 69th last year and this is his first top 10 of the season in 15 starts (T12, WMPO).