DALLAS—Chandler Phillips’ mother says her son plays his best golf when he’s loose, playful and having fun. The 17-year-old from Huntsville clearly was having a blast throughout the first 50 holes of the HP Byron Nelson Junior Championship at Northwood Club. After a record-setting second round performance, Phillips left the rest of the elite 78-player field in his dust, scrambling for second place.
Despite a few hiccups during Thursday’s closing four holes of the prominent Legends Junior Tour event, Phillips held it together for a stirring five-shot victory. He finished with a three-round total of 8-under-par 202.
Playing with a huge lead all day, Phillips turned in a final round score of 2-over 72. He held off Michael Perras from Pasadena to claim the coveted championship. Perras shot rounds of 71-68-68 to total 3-under 207 and earn second place by a margin of four shots. Andrew Paysee from Temple took third place at 1-over 211. Houston’s Walker Lee was fourth at 2-over 212, and Ryan Grider from Lewisville finished fifth at 3-over 213.
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