Byron Nelson Championship: Sang-Moon Bae wraps up first PGA Tour win with 69

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Byron Nelson Championship: Sang-Moon Bae wraps up first PGA Tour win with 69

Post by Devastating on Mon May 20, 2013 9:04 am

Sang-Moon Bae survived a mid-round wobble to win the Byron Nelson Championship in Texas by two shots.

The South Korean had started the day one-shot behind Keegan Bradley, who had led the tournament from the opening round after a sensational 60.

But Bradley's hopes of a wire-to-wire victory were undone by a patchy final round 71 that allowed Bae to come past him with a one-under 69 which secured the 26-year-old a first PGA Tour success with a winning total of 13-under.

Bae made his big move on the front nine with four birdies in five holes from the third to the seventh.

With Bradley playing the same stretch in one-over, Bae went from one behind to four in front and appeared to be in total control.

However, the Korean, who lost a play-off at last year's Transitions Championship in Florida, found water off the ninth tee and racked up a double bogey and made further errors at 10 and 15 to drop back from 16-under to 12-under.

A first birdie of the day from Bradley at the tough par four 15th made it a tie at the top but just when it appeared the American's victory hopes were back on he stumbled.

Bae nosed in front again with a birdie at the par five 16th as Bradley's putt for a four from just over three feet lipped out and the Ryder Cup star then bogeyed the short 17th after going over the green.

There was a scare for Bae at 17 when his tee-shot only just cleared the water but a safe par gave him a two-shot cushion heading to the 18th tee and he played the tough closing hole in textbook fashion to secure victory.

Charl Schwartzel finished alone in tied third - three off the winner - after a hugely frustrating day on the greens.

The South African produced some superb ball-striking but couldn't cash in on it and had to settle for a two-under 68 which wasn't enough.

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