Monday, May 20, 2013
IRVING, Texas — Sang-Moon Bae led by four strokes in the final round of the Byron Nelson Championship when his tee shot at the ninth hole went way left.
After getting to his ball, Bae hit a high-arcing shot over the trees in front of him, clearing the green and apparently going into the water — nobody seemed to know for sure where it went. He took a drop in deep grass after conferring with a rules official.
“I don’t know, where is it?” Bae was able to joke Sunday after his first PGA Tour victory.
Bae shot a closing 1-under 69, even after that double bogey and another bogey on the next hole while squandering all of his early lead. He finished at 13-under 267, two strokes ahead of Keegan Bradley.
The 26-year-old South Korean now has a win in the United States to go with his 11 international victories on the Korea, Japan and Asian tours. After a par at the 18th hole, Bae got a congratulatory hug from the widow of the tournament’s namesake.
“It’s something I’ve always dreamed of, winning on the PGA Tour,” Bae said. “It was surreal to have Mrs. (Peggy) Nelson there and with all the history. ... I was in awe, actually, so almost I didn’t know how to react. “
Bradley was trying to become the Nelson’s first wire-to-wire winner since Tom Watson in 1980. Bradley set the TPC Four Seasons course record with an opening 60, a round in which he had two bogeys. He shot a 2-over 72 in Sunday’s windy conditions.
“I’m pretty disappointed, but Moon played very well,” Bradley said. “I just didn’t play great today, but I hung in there. I chipped away. ... When I made that putt on 15, I was pretty confident that I was going to win.”
Four birdies in a five-hole stretch on the front nine gave Bae a four-stroke advantage in the final group. Bradley made some nice par saves, but was hurt by a three-putt from 17 feet at the 305-yard 11th hole. He finally got even at No. 15 with his only birdie of the day. He made a 17-footer that had just enough to get into the cup, while Bae missed a par from inside 6 feet.
After Bae sank a 5-foot birdie at the par-5 16th, Bradley had a shorter putt on the same line, but it horseshoed around the hole and didn’t fall. He then hit his tee shot over the green at the 171-yard 17th.
Charl Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters champ, shot a 68 to finish third at 10 under. Justin Bolli shot a bogey-free 65 for the best round of the day and matched his career-best finish of fourth. Morgan Hoffmann (66), Martin Kaymer (68) and Scott Piercy (72) were a stroke back at 272.
Players wore red ribbons during the final round in memory of Ken Venturi, the 1964 U.S. Open champion and longtime CBS golf analyst who died Friday.
VOLVO WORLD MATCH PLAY
KAVARNA, Bulgaria — Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell won the Volvo World Match Play Championship, beating Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee 2 and 1 in the final at Thracian Cliffs.
McDowell won a year after losing the final to Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts at Finca Cortesin in Spain.
The 2010 U.S. Open champion fought back from 2 down after four holes, pulled ahead of his 43-year-old opponent on the 14th hole and secured the victory at the 17th.
McDowell, also the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage winner last month in Hilton Head, S.C., will move to top of the European Tour money list and up one place to No. 7 on the world ranking.
In the morning semifinals, McDowell beat South Africa’s Branden Grace 3 and 2, and Thongchai defeated South Africa’s Thomas Aiken 3 and 2.
MOBILE BAY LPGA CLASSIC
MOBILE, Ala. — Jennifer Johnson rallied to win the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic for her first tour title, birdieing four of the final six holes for a one-stroke victory over Jessica Korda and Pornanong Phatlum.
The 21-year-old American closed with her second straight 7-under 65 for a tournament-record 21-under 267 total on The Crossings course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Magnolia Grove complex. She two-putted for par on the final hole, tipped her cap and headed toward the practice range in case of a playoff.
But Phatlum was already done and the lead was safe even with Korda’s closing birdie. Phatlum, a 23-year-old from Thailand, closed with a 63. Korda finished with a 68 that included three bogeys and seven birdies.
MADEIRA ISLANDS OPEN
SANTO ANTONIO DA SERRA, Portugal — American Peter Uihlein won the Madeira Islands Open in his 16th European Tour start for his professional title, closing with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory.
Uihlein, the former Oklahoma State star who won the 2010 U.S. Amateur, birdied four of his last eight holes to finish at 15-under 273 at Santo da Serra.
Denmark’s Morten Orum Madsen had a double bogey on the 18th for a 67 to tie for second with Chile’s Mark Tullo. Tullo had a hole-in-one on No. 4, but had four bogeys in a 71.
BMW CHARITY PRO-AM
GREER, S.C. — Former South Carolina player Mark Anderson ran away with the BMW Charity Pro-Am for his first Web.com Tour title, closing with a 6-under 65 at the Thornblade Club for a five-stroke victory.
The 27-year-old Anderson had a tournament-record 27-under 259 total, the third-lowest score in relation to par in tour history.
He opened with a 63 at The Reserve at Lake Keowee, added a 67 at Greenville Country Club and took a one-stroke lead Saturday with a 64 at Thornblade.
Tom Hoge shot a 67 to finish second. Chesson Hadley, Michael Connell and Franklin Corpening tied for third at 21 under. Hadley had a 63, Connell shot 65, and Corpening closed with a 70. Hadley matched the tour record for nine holes when he went out in 8-under 27, making six birdies and an eagle.