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Wilkinson fourth at Byron Nelson

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 22/05/2016

Tim Wilkinson hits from the fourth tee on the final day of the AT&T Byron Nelson event in Texas. © Scott Halleran/Getty Images Tim Wilkinson hits from the fourth tee on the final day of the AT&T Byron Nelson event in Texas. PGA

New Zealand golfer Tim Wilkinson has had to settle for a share of fourth place at PGA Tour event in Texas after jousting among the leaders throughout most of the final round.

Wilkinson shared second place before a wayward tee shot on the par-four 18th hole proved costly, with a bogey leaving him tied with five other golfers on 13-under at the AT&T Byron Nelson.

That was two shots behind Spaniard Sergio Garcia and American Brooks Koepka, and one shy of third-placed American Matt Kuchar.

Garcia beat Koepka on the first play-off hole at the TPC Four Seasons Resort to notch a ninth career PGA title and his first since 2012.

Wilkinson shot the lowest of any golfer over the weekend, following his flawless 63 in the third round with a 68 which featured four birdies and two bogeys.

He was seventh going into the final round and for periods threatened to at least match his best finish in 126th PGA appearances, a second placing at the 2008 Texas Open. He also finished third in New Orleans that year.

The 37-year-old Manawatu left-hander is in a purple patch, having placed 11th in his last start in Charlotte two weeks ago.

His five most recent tournaments have featured four top-30 finishes, lifting his Tour points ranking to a projected 108th.

Compatriot Danny Lee, who held a share of the lead after his opening round 63, finished 18th on 10-under after shooting 69 on Sunday to fall five further places on the leaderboard.

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