Bae Wins Nelson
Sang-Moon Bae, a former Order of Merit winner on the Asian Tour, picked up his first American PGA Tour win on Sunday in Dallas, edging out Keegan Bradley for the Byron Nelson Championship. Bae is one of several rising Korean players, a country that dominates women's golf and which many project to produce the next great superstar on the men's side.
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 even with two bogeys, but finished with a 72 on a day with wind gusting to near 40 miles per hour.
Bae did not simply roll over and say he was fighting for second place.
Instead Bae played stellar golf for four rounds and chipped away at the lead each day. The 26-year-old South Korean closed with a 1-under-par 69 to finish at 13-under 267 and his first win on the PGA Tour.
“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.”
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